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.85 or 1.75.... I keep going back and forth

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by JTDTacoma, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Sep 14, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I installed the rear 5100s last night. This weekend I'm taking on the front ones and will have Midas compress the springs for me ($80 total. I consider it finger/face insurance). The guy at Midas recommended 1.75 on the front based on a quick glance at my truck. I've had the TSB done last year and it has settled a lot. My rear fender is 37" and the front is 35".

    The guy at Midas said to set at 1.75" and if it's too high it can be easily dropped to the .85" on the truck by moving the circlip. Is it possible to do that? I would think the coil would push the spring-seat down at 500mph if the circlip was moved and probably skip over the .85 setting.
     
  2. Sep 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM
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    gunner_20

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    I talked to Midas here and they wouldn't compress the springs for me. He gave me some b.s. excuse about it being company policy. So mine are sitting in the box.

    Im planning on going with the .85 on mine and I also have the TSB,
     
  3. Sep 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    JTDTacoma

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    I'd try another Midas if you have one. I'm in Des Moines and the first one I went to said they've done a lot of Tacomas where guys just drop of the coils and pick up later in the day with the Bilsteins installed.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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    Fabulous

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    Or you can do like I did and go to a small private place and have them do it for you. My local place did it in 15 minutes while I waited and watched, and when I asked what the damage was, guy said..."case of beer?" I went to a couple other chain and they gave me some BS about not wanting to do it either...
     
  5. Sep 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM
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    judd94

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    you could also try a pep boys or another tire shop that does shocks and stuff.
    the only way to change setting is to remove the assembly and compress springs as if doing the entire process again.

    if you want truck perfectly level then do the 1.75. this is what i did on my other tacoma and it looked good. it is the most common setting. however- it does make the ride stiffer because of more preload and if you have any load in rear then you can start getting negative rake.
    on my new tacoma i'm gonna set them at 0.85 so i still have a little positive rake for when i have a load on rear and less preload for smoother ride.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM
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    Shack

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    1.75 to sit level with the tsb, settling and all.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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    ^^^^ +1 on the advice from Judd94. Mine are set at .85 to maintain the stock rake, preserve the ride some, and make alignments better/possible without UCAs.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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    TurfTaco

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    Mines at 1.75. By the way you cant change the setting with the shocks mounted. You have to disassemble them.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    Go 2.5 and get your monies worth, can't even tell at .85 IMHO
     
  10. Sep 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    1.75" or 2.5"
     
  11. Sep 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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    I'm leaning more toward .85". I wish the rear hadn't settled as much as it had. After jacking up the front 1.75" it looks just a tad nose high with an empty bed.
     
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    .85" will not even be noticeable, especially with a 4x4. 1.75" should be almost perfectly level.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    ummm yeah
    .85 is bigtime noticeable.....i have an access trd or no tsb BEFORE
    [​IMG]
    AFTER [​IMG]
     
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    CRF69 - Your truck looks really good. Maybe its just me but yours looks like its at 1.75 comparing to what mine looks like at .85.
     
  15. Sep 15, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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    crf69

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    ummm yeah
    mine is second notch up from the bottom.....
     
  16. Sep 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM
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    ummm yeah
    4 notch 5100's
     
  17. Sep 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM
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    Does anyone have problems at 2.5 with alignments. I get the TSB done next week and want to do 2.5 plus AAL in rear.
     
  18. Sep 16, 2010 at 3:26 AM
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    crf69 scraping my emblems off my plasti-dip

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    ummm yeah
    some do some dont....from what ive read
     
  19. Sep 16, 2010 at 3:39 AM
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    .85 was noticeable on mine as well.

    Before: [​IMG]


    After: [​IMG]

    My friends couldn't really notice, but seeing the truck every day, I could notice more difference than expected. I will be bumping them up to 1.75" in the next couple weeks, and adding 1" to the rear (If it needs it) to keep a factoryish rake. I don't want a nose high truck, and I'm worried about snow/ice in the bed giving me a nose high look all winter.
     
  20. Sep 16, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    Those .85's look great, nice and level. I know the 1.75 will leave me nose high, especially once I put sand bags in there. To give the rear another inch (if I did 1.75) I'd then need a block or another leaf? Already have TSB done.
     
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