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2002 REPLACEMENT SHOCKS

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by POLISHTACO, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Aug 8, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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    Chevy
    wut?

    Maryland (Silverado)
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    Michigan (engines)
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    The do farm out a lot of it to Mexico and Canada, though.
     
  2. Aug 8, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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    I don't do Fords anymore, they're so lackluster in performance and quality. Yet they command Chevy prices
     
  3. Aug 8, 2018 at 12:43 PM
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    Chevys suck if for no other reason than those stupid hipster commercials where the valet "accidentally" delivers the wrong car people.

    Their quality could use some improvement, too... and they wouldn't exist right now if the US gov't didn't bail them out a few years back.
     
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    Ok, sorry OP, this got derailed...

    Go with Monroes is you named your truck Boaty McBoatface.
    Go with the Billies if you like it to ride like a truck.

    :crapstorm:

    But seriously, if you get the 5100s and it turns out you don't like the ride, there are probably 100 people on here who would buy them in a heartbeat.
     
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    Honestly for me, offroad is where they performed better. Street driving they were on the stiff side (I also had them cranked up a bit).

    Just recognize you billy haters are in the minority. The 5100 are still by far the most popular "mod" people do to their trucks, at least as evidenced by how much they are talked about on this site...

    To each their own, though. Use what make you feel right.
     
  7. Aug 8, 2018 at 12:55 PM
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    Riding "like a truck" is an excuse people have fed themselves for years since the trucks of old used rudimentary suspension to stay cheap and affordable. Our trucks have double wishbone front suspension with coilovers and soft rear leafs. They don't have to ride shitty anymore people
     
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  8. Aug 8, 2018 at 12:59 PM
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    BILSTEIN 4600 best shocks I ever had on my 1st GEN, Made in Germany(or they were)
     
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    True, but the alternative doesn't have to be "rides like a Cadillac" either, lol... that's a shit ride even for a car.

    I've never said 5100's are the "best". Far from it. Even my Kings aren't the "best", and those cost like 6x what the billies cost...

    They're a good budget minded shock for those who want a mild lift without spending a ton and are an overall gain in performance over crappy OEM shocks.
     
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  10. Aug 8, 2018 at 1:07 PM
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    the 5100's would be if u want to level or lift the front, if u want stock height 4600's will do ya for a little less $$
     
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    Just don't get pro comps or rough country. You want a stiff ride? Thats what you get. May as well just use a steel rod instead of a shock absorber.
    My 5100's are a little stiffer than stock but nothing like the procomps on my dads pickup. I like them, stiff but not harsh.
     
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    I don't' think even a Cady *literally* bounces for a mile after hitting a bump...

    I could get the '78 Olds I drove in high school to do that, but I had to take the shocks off to do it...:D
     
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    RANCHO are another shock I would stay away from they will jolt your tooth fillings loose so stiff
     
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    having spacers or the 5100s set at any height other than stock preloads the coils and stiffens the ride, no Caddy
     
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    Go take a ride in some bro'ed out jeep with a giant rough country sticker on the back. Then report back. Your using stock coils right? They could be seriously worn out and contributing toward a floaty ride, your just used to it is all. I like feeling like im actually in control, so Bilsteins are great for me.
     
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    I used to have some RS9000's on my 86 4Runner. They were adjustable, but it seemed like they were either too stiff or too soft. I found myself wanting a 1/2 click in between.
     
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    Riding like an old Cadillac would be nice for the highway and that's about it. After having all of my shocks tuned for my truck specifically I can say that if there's better for me I haven't found it yet although I'm looking. Without tuning they were just expensive average shocks, so it makes sense your kings aren't exactly what you want yet. 5100s on the other hand aren't even close on valving, they're just junk that happens to lift for cheap so people sing their praises.
     
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    Well, in order to get a good ride and good off-road performance, you're now talking about progressive springs, speed sensitive valving, bypass shocks, etc... which is far beyond the Monroe or 5100 price point.

    At this price point, it's going to be about compromise.
     
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    I just meant that there are better, more expensive shocks than my Kings. For my purposes, my Kings are EXACTLY what I wanted. WOuldn't change a thing about them.

    And having driven old Cadillacs and Oldmobiles on the highway, I can tell you that exactly what I DON'T want.

    You turn the wheel and about a 1/4 mile later after the body roll, then it starts a lazy turn in the general direction you steered it. Not a fan.
     
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    So I understand the 4600s are for the stock height. Aren't the 5100 Billies if you want to raise the vehicle? I want the stock height pretty much, although a slight height increase would be ok. I'm a 66 year old guy and the wife is very short. Do the 4600 and 5100 ride the same? I don't mind the stock truck ride but don't want a overly aggressive ride. I don't do any off roading.
     
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