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Old 10-06-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Question New struts and shocks - 5100s

Okay so, I need new struts and shocks (almost 110,000 miles).

I have a 2007 Double Cab PreRunner LWB (no TRD) and I occasionally tow 3000 - 5000 lbs.

Based on what I have read here I'd like use the Bilstein 5100s. I have no interest in lift or changing the height from stock.

For the front do I need to replace the springs or can I use the OEM springs with the 5100s?

Sorry for a whole new thread on this, didn't see and existing 5100 thread regarding stock height or a good thread to put this question in. Thanks.
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If you don't want to lift then 5100s is not what you want. I'm not sure what brands are good that doesn't lift. Well you can set adjustable coilovers to 0 lift but you are looking at some money for those.
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i just took my oem shocks and coils off of my truck if you are interested? i just upgraded to billys and eibachs so i have the parts you need
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If you don't want to lift then 5100s is not what you want. I'm not sure what brands are good that doesn't lift. Well you can set adjustable coilovers to 0 lift but you are looking at some money for those.
I'm sure you'll have a response to this, because you always do...but I completely disagree. 5100's are an excellent replacement shock at the 0" setting, they are not only good for lifting. In fact they are so popular BECAUSE they perform so well at all settings. If they weren't so good, why would anyone ever buy 5100's for the rear, if there are such better options available?

There are plenty of other options available that are worse/equal/better, but to say that the OP does not want them unless he plans on lifting is silly. Oh and OP, you'll be fine with your stock coils.
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If you don't want to lift then 5100s is not what you want. I'm not sure what brands are good that doesn't lift. Well you can set adjustable coilovers to 0 lift but you are looking at some money for those.
I'm curious as to why you would say that? I had my 5100's on for a while before I finally did lift and thought it helped the ride tremendously! There are cheaper options but I wouldn't throw out 5100's just because I didn't want a lift, they're a great shock!

OP, You can set the 5100's at the 0 or stock setting and reuse your coils.
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If OP has no intentions on lifting his truck, why spend the money on 5100's when you can buy OEM replacement for a lot less?
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If OP has no intentions on lifting his truck, why spend the money on 5100's when you can buy OEM replacement for a lot less?
Because they're still a lot better than the Bilsteins that come on the truck. 5100's aren't just meant for lifting...
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I'm sure you'll have a response to this, because you always do...but I completely disagree. 5100's are an excellent replacement shock at the 0" setting, they are not only good for lifting. In fact they are so popular BECAUSE they perform so well at all settings. If they weren't so good, why would anyone ever buy 5100's for the rear, if there are such better options available?

There are plenty of other options available that are worse/equal/better, but to say that the OP does not want them unless he plans on lifting is silly. Oh and OP, you'll be fine with your stock coils.
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I'm curious as to why you would say that? I had my 5100's on for a while before I finally did lift and thought it helped the ride tremendously! There are cheaper options but I wouldn't throw out 5100's just because I didn't want a lift, they're a great shock!

OP, You can set the 5100's at the 0 or stock setting and reuse your coils.
Don't 5100s still lift even when set at the lowest setting?

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If OP has no intentions on lifting his truck, why spend the money on 5100's when you can buy OEM replacement for a lot less?
That too but I thought 5100s lift even when at the lowest setting.
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Don't 5100s still lift even when set at the lowest setting?
No, 5100's at 0 will not provide lift. They are charged and push back more so than stock struts but I would consider that negligible.
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The Front Shocks have groves in the body so that you can set them to Stock Height or up to a 2.5" Lift.
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No, 5100's at 0 will not provide lift.
Damn! I thought I read someone that they did lift even when at the lowest setting.
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That too but I thought 5100s lift even when at the lowest setting.
I don't think they do. Trucks barely look lifted when people set them at .85.
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Damn! I thought I read someone that they did lift even when at the lowest setting.
Don't believe everything you read
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Ah well fuck 5100s.
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Thanks for all of the replies! And verifying a) no lift b) I can keep my OEM coils.

The cost difference between the OEM replacements and the 5100s is low enough that I am interested in the performance gain. Basically I think it rides like a pillow when hauling a load over a long distance.
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If you don't want to lift then 5100s is not what you want. I'm not sure what brands are good that doesn't lift. Well you can set adjustable coilovers to 0 lift but you are looking at some money for those.
Lol. I got neutral rep for saying don't use 5100s even though I admitted I was wrong. Hahahaha.

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No name and no comment. Must have been a tard.
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Lol. I got neutral rep for saying don't use 5100s even though I admitted I was wrong. Hahahaha.

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No name and no comment. Must have been a tard.
That's.......messed up
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Were you the tard?
Lol if it where me I'd call you wuey....n I'd leave my name duh.

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