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Old 06-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Cool I want a softer ride: Bilstein 5100's with stock springs?

I have a 2013 Tacoma Prerunner SR5 2.7 access cab

I don't tow anything or carry heavy loads in my bed or off road.

The stock suspension feels a bit harsh over bumps/potholes especially the rear. I have some rough roads on my work commute and it's beating me up a bit.

Basically I want to improve the ride quality so it's less harsh riding. All of my local custom truck shops said that going aftermarket would only make the truck ride more firm/harsh and that OEM is as soft and plush as it's gonna get.

Does anyone have Bilstein 5100's installed on an all OEM suspension ?

If so how's the ride? Better dampening than stock? Slighty stiffer but soaks up bumps better?

I'm definitely open to suggestions.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Well, I went ahead and ordered a set of 5100's all around from Toytec with a bushing set. I'll report back my findings after it's done. Since they're adjustable I'll set it to 1 inch lift on the front to level the truck a bit.
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Well, I went ahead and ordered a set of 5100's all around from Toytec with a bushing set. I'll report back my findings after it's done. Since they're adjustable I'll set it to 1 inch lift on the front to level the truck a bit.
If you set them to get any amount of lift, you'll be pre-loading the springs which will equal a stiffer ride from everything I've read on here. You probably should've ordered a set of OME 885 springs too and then left the 5100s at zero if you wanted a softer ride and some lift.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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Well then I will just stay on stock height settings .

I've read a lot of posts about people complaining that their OME setup is too stiff so I didn't wanna go there.
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I have a 2012 SR5 4wd. I have the non-progressive springs in the front and the 4 leaf rear springs. I added 5100s in the front and rear. In the front I lifted 1.75 inches and the rear I used a 1.5" add a leaf. I couldn't tell any difference in ride stiffness between stock and lifted. The Bilsteins make the suspension feel more controlled, but its not rougher/stiffer at all
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Well, my shocks arrive today. I'll put in the rears in myself and take the fronts to a shop so they can do an alignment as well. Good to know it's not stiffer
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Any feedback on the install and ride performance yet? I'm interested in doing the level kit this year using the 5100's and may replace the rears as well
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The 5100's definately give a softer more controlled feeling especially in the rear. It's a night and day difference under $600 total installed.:da ncingbacon:
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