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5100's... set at .85 and rides rough. Why?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by buddyfixit, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. buddyfixit

    buddyfixit [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, after installing my bilstien 5100 shocks I have noticed that the ride is much stiffer than before. If I put the shocks at the stock setting, "currently at .85" setting, will the ride not jolt me as much? I dont really care if there is any lift, just a smooth ride. If any one can shed some light on this I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Yeah that's odd . Need installed pics .
     
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    I saw that one coming! I got that right. I had read 100s of threads on the subject prior to purchase and installing these 5100's. I was hoping to improve the ride over the stock shocks. Currently I want to put the stock shocks back on the front its so bad.
     
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    Something's not right .
     
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    My biggest complaint is driving anywhere between 20 and 50 mph bumps shake the whole front end. Im actually shopping tundras cuz of the whole mess. 0% for 72... hard to resist.
     
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    Did you install different springs?
     
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    Perches correct and everything torqued to factory specs.

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    Stock SR5 springs
     
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    Did you align it after ?
     
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    Dealership aligned it following monday.
     
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    Get a set of OME 883's and put the 5100's on the lowest setting. Thats what I have now and the truck rides way better than the stock springs compressed.
     
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    If its just the way these shocks ride at .85 setting I will change it to 0. I couldnt care less if theres any lift. I just thought that the ride would have improved over the stock tokicko shocks.
     
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    So is the 883 a stock height spring? I cant remember if its a lift spring or not.
     
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    I have one of my trucks at 1.75 with sr5 springs and it rides beautifully but it's a 2.7 2wd .
     
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    It will give you about 1.5" of lift.
     
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    Didn't realize you had the non-billies before. You're not driving a caddilac bud. You're driving a truck, they're supposed to be stiffer, that way when you put weight on them they smooth out. You probably wouldn't have noticed a difference if you had a TRD in the first place. I think my truck rides beautiful, maybe a tad stiff, but Im willing to bet your booty gonna be hurtin if you rode in mine :)
     
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    This is my 3rd tacoma and I have rode quite a few in my day. This is just not cool for my 20K mile current model year truck. I guess Im just too old for this type of truck now. Too bad, I have always loved them and their reliability and resale value.
     
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    I had installed the rears the day they arrived and did the fronts several weeks later. I use a cattle guard nearby to test the before and after feel. The rear were a HUGE improvement. Fronts not so much. If its a matter of them being "preloaded" from the .85 setting I will keep them on and set at stock 0.
     
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