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5100’s to Help Ride Quality

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JimT805, May 4, 2018.

  1. May 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM
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    JimT805

    JimT805 [OP] Dazed and Confused

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    My 2014 Prerunner 2WD 2.7L 4CLY DCSB is just shy of 35K miles. I feel that it should be preforming better off-road over dirt roads then it does (lots of shaking). I am pretty sure my ’99 2WD Ford Ranger actually performed better in the dirt.

    How helpful would it be to replace struts and shocks with Bilstein 5100’s? From what I’ve read (for better ride quality) it would be best to reuse OEM coils and leave the front set at .00.

    I was hoping to hear from Prerunner 2WD 2.7L 4CLY DCSB owners who have done this. If you could share your experience that would be great.
     
  2. May 13, 2018 at 9:32 PM
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    Narutaki

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  3. May 13, 2018 at 10:22 PM
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    Benloveless1

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    No experience with a pre-runner but I feel as if the 5100’s improved my ride no doubt.
     
  4. May 14, 2018 at 1:10 AM
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    Spencer4x42006

    Spencer4x42006 Whoisthatguy

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    The stock struts that come on those Arnt all that good, I run 5100s. They work well
     
  5. May 14, 2018 at 1:12 AM
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    Stemmy

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    love my 5100's
     
  6. May 14, 2018 at 7:01 AM
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    Pigpen

    Pigpen My truck is never clean

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    Access cab toolbox/ dog bed with seats and headrests deleted, waterproof TRD seat covers, yellow wire mod, diff breather relocated to tail light, engine block heater, Leer topper with Yakima tracks and rack, Yakima rack on cab, Ride Rite with Daystar cradles, CBI hidden front hitch, wired for winch front and rear Warn quick connect, Warn x8000i on external carrier, sway bar delete, trailer plug relocated to bumper, Pelfreybilt IFS and Mid skids, ECGS front diff bushing, ARB CKMA12 compressor, 255/85/16 Toyo M55 load E tires on stock steel rims, Up2NoGood heated mirror kit, Husky X-act Contour front floor liners, Northstar AGM 27F battery, Pelfreybilt bolt on sliders with kickout and top plates, TRD Pro headlights, Depo smoked tail lights, Energy suspension body mount bushing kit, Cobra 75WXST cb with rear mounted Wilson 3' antenna on Shmellmopwho mount, OME Dakar leaf packs with AAL, Billstein B110 rear shocks, 5100s with 885 coils and 1/4" spacers, SPC LR UCAs, 2wd low range mod
    The stock shocks are valved for highway use. If you drive a lot of washboard and potholed dirt roads (like I do), the oil in the stock shocks foams and they become temporarily worthless. This does not happen to the 5100s. I rally over miles and miles of rough road regularly and the 5100s perform great - for a low price shock.
     
  7. May 14, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    hseng001

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    I just installed the 5100s on the front and set them at 1.75”. It rides much better than stock and eliminated the nose dive when braking.
     

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