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Old 09-20-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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What is the recommended lifespan for the shocks/ struts?

They wear out after a while right? Any way to check? I have 133k currently. When it's due, I will be looking for an upgrade if it will mean a better ride with and without heavy loads. I have the most basic 2006 2.7 model. I checked the bilstein 5100's and I don't think they fit my truck.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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How long they last depends soley on the driving conditions. Heavy hauling and flexing the suspension can wear out components quicker. Replace the shocks when the truck is 'bouncy'. It should be one of the check points of a safety inspection (if your state mandates them).
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Anywhere after 70k.
Look for oil leaks. Bounce each bumper, if it bounces more than a couple times after=replace.
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Anywhere after 70k.
Look for oil leaks. Bounce each bumper, if it bounces more than a couple times after=replace.
oil leaks from shocks?
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oil leaks from shocks?
yes, if you see oil leaking from a shock, it's a good indication that the seal has blown and it's time for replacing (or rebuilding if you have high end shocks).
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Thanks for the replies. Anybody want to suggest a good upgrade for the barebones, 2.7L, rwd, 5 lug? I'm wondering which of kyg, tokico, bilstein, rancho, etc. are better. I have stiff tokico's on my corolla.
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bilstein 5100s!
I tried finding them but don't think they make them for my 5 lug.
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If you don't go off-road, basic shocks designed as OEM replacements will do:

Bilstein 4600 series. Googling the part #s show them to be about $75 each at Summit Racing.
http://cart.bilsteinus.com/search/mm.../drivetype=RWD

Monroe (only $45 each):
http://www.autopartsway.com/partlist...1/tabS/drvTRWD
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If you don't go off-road, basic shocks designed as OEM replacements will do:

Bilstein 4600 series. Googling the part #s show them to be about $75 each at Summit Racing.
http://cart.bilsteinus.com/search/mm.../drivetype=RWD

Monroe (only $45 each):
http://www.autopartsway.com/partlist...1/tabS/drvTRWD
Thanks I matched your bilstein numbers to the ones I looked up earlier on tirerack at $66 each. Comes to $280.16 shipped. Now I will check the truck and decide.
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Just bought these (or something similar to):
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:50 PM   #12
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Cool. These will probably last longer than the Toyota OEM ones.
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