I'm new here and recently bought a 97 Tacoma reg cab, 2wd and 2.4l 4cyl engine(wanted something I could lift but still get better MPG than my SUV). Has a 3" body lift as of right now and stock exhaust. I rarely go off road, although the streets of Los Angeles may as well be like minor off roading because they don't know how to make a flat road here. I can't go over 60mph before it becomes too unsafe to drive, too bouncy!!
Initially it had a FABTECH lift on the front and removed because I HATED the ride. There was absolutely no bounce, aside from the tires so I replaced with stock springs and it has improved the ride by 30%. The previous owner had recently installed Heavy duty KYB shocks in the front and am thinking to replace those to even soften the ride. It's still pretty stiff on the front and rear. Currently running 265/70-15 on it.
Right now my choices are Monroe sensa-trac OR mid to heavy duty shocks by Gabriel. Price is a factor, I don't have $50-60+ to spend on every shock so my price range is around $30-35 a shock. Any personal experience with either of these shocks or recommend another brand that's not too expensive, I'd appreciate? please include the part number if you know it. Thanks!