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02 4X4 TRD - What Shocks to buy?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Silver02Taco, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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    Silver02Taco

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    The OEM's are toast, and I need new front struts and rear shocks. My buddy with a 99 4X4 Taco says "Rancho 5's" all the way...

    The guys at 4 Wheel Parts want to sell me Bilsteins, but everyone here seems to say that OME is the way to go.

    :confused:

    The truck is gonna be a part-time wheeler and is not lifted (yet). So a base level setup is really all I need at the moment. A Leveling Kit (probably Daystar) is going to happen when the shocks happen... but I want to get some good shocks that can take a bit of a pounding and not be shot after the first time playing in the dirt.

    Advice?
     
  2. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM
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    How much are you willing to spend?
     
  3. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM
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    Hopefully with the fronts/rears/leveling kit combined... no more than $600, but would prefer to only lay out around $500.
     
  4. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM
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    I like my setup a lot
     
  5. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:56 PM
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    I was just looking at what you have... and I DO like it. :D

    I'm just not sure about laying out the cash for the springs just yet. I gotta do this 1-2 things at a time, as the cash-flow is a bit restricted atm.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM
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    Ya I did the back first as it was more important and the front a year later. But it didn't look very sexy for a year...
     
  7. Aug 23, 2011 at 12:02 AM
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    You could get the front and rear shocks first. Then the springs and aal later. Or maybe vice versa..... not sure. But that way u don't get a bro lean or stinkbug stance. I had the latter.
     
  8. Aug 23, 2011 at 5:56 AM
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    When it comes to performance/price, you cant lose with Bilstein and stock coils (IMO). OME are great as well but I dont think they have the lift options the Bilsteins have, and therefore probably wont go the best with stock coils if you are trying to lift.

    Both go great with OME coils. I believe OME offers two versions of shocks, one being stiffer than the other. Bilsteins are more on the stiff side.

    For ~$1200 you can get new shocks (Bilsteins and OME's are priced about the same), some OME coils, an AAL, and a pair of LR UCA's for an all around great lift of ~2-2.5".
     
  9. Aug 23, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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    Im willing to bet that now there are actually more ppl running 5100s..

    DSM sells 5100s for 310 bucks for all four..With either 5100 or 5125s in the back which allows you to compensate for the lift.

    4 5100s
    http://downsouthmotorsports.com/i-1...acoma-pre-runner-4wd-pre-load-adjustable.html
    front 5100s, rear 5125s
    http://downsouthmotorsports.com/i-9...acoma-pre-runner-4wd-pre-load-adjustable.html

    id go Billys. I love mine.
     
  10. Aug 23, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    I'd definitely go with Bilstein's over OME's. People have had problems with OME's blowing (they make good springs, though). Also, you don't need a leveling kit with the Bil's, since they can be adjusted up to 2.5" "lift".

    Seems like that's some good pricing blackdawg posted. However, they're out of stock. I've shopped at Wheeler's Off Road. Friendly people. They're at $340/four, though.

    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/9504tacoadjbils.htm
     
  11. Aug 23, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    I agree with the rest of your post, but IIRC, aftermarket UCA's aren't needed unless your going over 2.5" of lift... I'm at ~2.25 over my shot stocks, so ~2" overall with my setup and def. don't need UCA's.
     
  12. Aug 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    Not needed but could benefit. But I agree, generally you can get away with the stock arm.
     
  13. Aug 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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    just put the billies on my 03 xtracab 4x4 last week (5100F/5125R to level it w/o lifting it)...looks good...rides good...got 'em from DSM to my door for $296...can't be beat I don't think.
     
  14. Aug 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    Thanks you guys. Much appreciated! Gonna look into the 5100/5125 combo. :D
     
  15. Aug 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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    If you go with DSM, they have a TW discount code- check out their vendor page on the right side of the home forum page
     
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    Righteous! Will do!
     
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    yeah, the $296 price I got was w/ the TW discount.
     
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    Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but do I have to upgrade my leaf pack, which is currently shot, at the same time I install 5100s? Or can I just install the 5100s in the rear before I install the leaf pack and/or AAL?
     
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    I have a brand new set of rear 5125 bilsteins. The 6252 part number for 2-3" of rear lift applications. I'll do $140 shipped OBO if you or anyone else is interested..
     
  20. Aug 23, 2011 at 5:04 PM
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    You can install the 5100's in the rear before you do the lift. They will work for stock ride height up to 3" of lift in the rear.
     
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