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5100 vs. 5125 Bilsteins

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Phisherman162, May 26, 2010.

  1. May 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    I have a 98 taco reg cab 2.7l that has a 3" body lift and 32" tires. I just purchased a set of 5100's for the front and a set of 5125's for the rear from Sonny over at Down South Motorsports (wicked good deal, too). I have read all of the threads, and I can't seem to get a good answer on the correct rear shock application. Half the people say run the 5100's for stock height, and half say run the 5125 for stock height. I do not plan on doing a suspension lift as I don't off road this rig very much. The most it sees is logging roads during hunting season, heading up to the mountain in the winter, and trails during trout season. From what I can tell, the 5100's in the rear are good if you have a lift or if you have an add a leaf, and the 5125 are for if you plan on keeping the suspension at stock height.

    Any REAL information would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. May 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM
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    The 5125s can be had in varying lengths so there isn't just one size. The correct choice for your application will depend on the amount of travel the suspension has as well as the overall length from top mount to bottom mount when fully compressed and fully extended.

    They sizes available are 8", 8.5", 10" & 12". IIRC those numbers refference the amount of extension.
     
  3. May 26, 2010 at 2:03 PM
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    So for stock height, the 5100's are the way to go? My truck is still in the shop, so I can't go out and measure what it sits at. Got rear ended by a girl doing 35. Her car and the car in front of me didn't drive away, but my truck was ok (other than the frame tweaking a little in the rear and the bumpers getting destroyed.
     
  4. May 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM
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    stock height go with 5100s
    more than 2-2.5 of lift you need more rear downtravel and 5125s are a good idea. or shock extenders for your 5100s.

    short answer: 5100s
     
  5. May 26, 2010 at 2:16 PM
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    Just got the straight poop from sonny at downsouth. The 5100's are a good bet if you run an add a leaf, or have any lift on the rear. the 5125's work better if you don't or if you have any sag in the springs. Some people who run the 5100's have to modify their bump stop so they don't bottom out the shocks as they are a little too long in this application. Has anyone run into that problem?
     
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    where can i find 3" shock extenders for a 2004 tacoma prerunner? need them to fit stock shocks.
     
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    Are you trying to use your old shocks after you lift?
     
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    yes very very low in come right now and i dont wanna pick up another job cause im trying to focus on school. really trying to find solution to battle over extension and bottoming out the front shocks with a spacer lift
     
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    I've never seen shock extenders for 1st gen applications. Your truck looks stock. Do you have a spacer lift on it now? What type? Top plate or coil?
     
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    well changed my mind im gonna go with ome 882's in the front. and do and aal in the read. what shock are availible to match the extension compresion needs for this kinda lift. preferably something on the cheaper side.
     
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    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/9504tacoadjbils.htm
     
  13. Feb 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    I have a 2003 Prerunner DC, I got the 5100's in front and 5125's in the rear from DSM. I was told, and ordered, and installed these because I do NOT plan on lifting the rear. The 5125's work fine. I leveled out the front with the middle setting on the 5100's in the front. Trucks damn near level now. Just waiting on my eternally back ordered KMC enduro's now.
     
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