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Best Bilstein for 2" AAL

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sfcadams, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Jan 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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    I have searched but have not come up with a definitive answer..

    On my 2011 Tacoma PreRunner, I have a 3" Toytec lift in the front (Bilstein 5100 @ .85 along with the Eibach/Toytec coils) and just added the Toytec 2" AAL on my non-TSB rear leaf pack. Looking to now replace the factory Bilstein shocks to complement my newly added AALs. I have read that some people replaced them with the Tundra rear shocks from DSM, part # RCD-BE5-B110-T5 but from what I have read, they are for 3" to 4" lifts. I have read that people with the TSB pack and without the TSB pack that have the 2" AAL have installed that particular part #. Which do you think would be good for my application? Last thing I want to do is have a set of rear shocks that are too long.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Jan 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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    Did you have to get taller bump stops with those, or is it recommended you extend the bump stops?
     
  3. Jan 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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    I had the shorter 5100's, and they over extended. DSM sent me the longer 5100's, and they have done well so far. I don't have longer bump stops. The collapsed length is cutting it close to being too long. They might actually be too long. I'm just going to keep it like it is until it breaks, again. lol. Here's a comparison pic of the two different size 5100's

    e: i have the toytec 2" AAL

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  4. Jan 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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    MxRacer190,

    Do you have the TSB or non-TSB leaf pack? How is the ride with the extended shocks?
     
  5. Jan 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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    the ride now is more rough than it was before my old ones blew.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    Damn, I was thinking that the extended shock was going to be the way to go.....
     
  7. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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    idk what to tell ya lol. 2" aal is an awkward size for shocks I guess.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM
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    So have people come to the conclusion that just using the standard Bilstein replacement with a 2" AAL is really no better than a standard factory shock? I mean I know the ride "should be" better, but in the end, it is still the same length shock, right?
     
  9. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM
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    Yes, DSM told me that the smaller 5100s are made for stock height. The longer ones are made for 3"-4" of lift or 2.5"-4" or something of that nature.
     
  10. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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    but they're valved differently.

    so when you're on the road, not wheeling or flexing them out they ride much better than the stock shocks.


    Recently, I drove the 2010 over 5 mile long unimproved road, then drove mine.
    Even lifted 3", mine rode better because of the 5100s.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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    Konaborne,

    You have the standard length 5100s with a 2" AAL on the non-TSB leaf pack?
     
  12. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    I have the 5100's on my 1st gen, I compared that ride to my dad's 2010 with the standard bilstein HD's

    but yes, I'm running 5100's with the AAL without a problem....I'm not too sure if mine is the standard length (Probably are though, I got mine before DSM bundled the extended lengths with the 5100 package)

    1st gen though
     
  13. Jan 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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    I remember calling and talking to DSM about the 1.5" and 2" AAL, they said the regular 5100's will work just fine. I have a 1.5" AAL with the regular 5100's and they are not over extended.
     
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    About a year ago when I bought them. I've had them on ever since but I do have a 1.5" AAl instead of the 2" as above. I was gonna get the 5125 but I was told 5100 would be fine.
     
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    Wait a minute, I do have the tsb pack! It's okay though, I'm about to change set up to OME's.
     
  16. Jan 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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    I only have the non-tsb with the 2" Toytec AALs and have no idea which 5100 series shock to choose....

    Wolfpack,

    Where did they have you measure?
     
  17. Jan 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    After some quick search....

    Descriptor: Setting: 5100 Series; Rear Lifted Height: 0-1"
    *Collapsed Length (IN): 14.02
    *Extended Length (IN): 22.94
    *Collapsed Length (MM): 356
    *Extended Length (MM): 582.7
    Old Part Number: F4-BE5-C476-H0

    Damnit DSM! ha ha. Though it was not Sonny that I spoke to at the time.
     
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