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Old 01-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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Talking Bilstein adjustable shocks causing any issues?

Hey guys, still new to the game here at TW. I've been reading up on the Bilstein adjustable shocks because i just want to level out the front of my 08 Dbl Cab. I figured that 1.75" setting would do a good job of that and i don't want to go to high because I'm worried about that awesome Toyota warranty I paid for going up in flames. So what I was wondering is if anyone is running these at 1.75" and did you have to install a diff. drop as well as have you had any issues thus far? Thanks a million!
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Hey there. Welcome to Tacoma World! I have bilsteins set at 1.75" up front and, for me at least, the front is just ever so slightly higher than the rear. If you want to level out the truck I think the setting below the 1.75" is what you would want (.85")? Anyways, I do have problems with it. My alignment is off (The truck wanders pretty badly on the freeway if I take my hand off the steering wheel) and there is some pretty annoying squeeking when I open and close my door, or when I go over small bumps in the road. The ride is not any different than factory. I do plan on getting a spindle lift and setting the bilsteins back to 0" of lift, which I hear makes the ride incredible. Hope this helps.
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Got my tires on today going to install 5100 tomorrow. Im setting mine to 1.75 so i will let you no what its like im renting a sring compresser so this should be interesting.
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this is awesome info, can y'all throw some pictures up?
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Anyone have stock TRD coils with the 5100's? I can't decide if I should buy aftermarket coils or just use the stock TRD OR ones with the 5100's.
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Here you go buddy; I guess you can't really tell that the front is higher, but the truck is on a driveway at a slight angle upward. When it is on flat ground it is a little more noticeable. Hope this helps ya

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that looks really good man, what size bfg a/t's are you runnin? i like the look alot
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mine are set at 2.25 with rear TSB done and my truck is level, drives great, no problems at all !!!!
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that looks really good man, what size bfg a/t's are you runnin? i like the look alot
Thanks man . All the info of my truck is in that blue dotted box to the left
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rd263, did you do a diff. drop when you installed yours? and like bluecluee asked, did you keep your stock TRD coils?
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nice, just realized what that was for!
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:36 PM   #12
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I was looking at the adustable Bilsteins for my Frontier but was told once you adjust them for ride height over say .5 inches the ride starts to suffer. Max was 2" and I was advised by multiple sources that my truck would ride horrible.

Maybe I was fed a line because Taco owners seem to do this setup a lot without issue and the suspension design is pretty much the same between the Fronter and Tacoma.
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this is my truck with 5100's @ 2.5 on stock coils & 2"aal in rear
no diff drop kits but do have some vibe issues only after rear aal was installed...
you should be fine on the .85
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Did mine today 1.75 truck sits level and rides nice a little firmer. No vibes at all.
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i'm going with ome 883 springs and set the 5100s to 0" setting...supposed to get around 1 1/2" of lift without compressing the springs at all
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I had the same concerns and decided to go w/ 1.75. Leveled the truck, no issues getting the allignment back to spec and best of all, no vibes
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Thanks everyone for replying to this Thread. Got the 5100's on order and i'm keeping a close eye on this Thread!
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