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best coilover suspension kit

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by socal19, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Oct 12, 2009 at 12:21 PM
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    socal19

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    Hey guys I'm have a 03 tacoma prerunner I wanna know what's the best kit out there for our trucks..whick one will work better on and offroad.........I mostly do stret driving...but when I offroad I don't do any wheeling just little things here and there..any ideas
     
  2. Oct 12, 2009 at 12:26 PM
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    cajunwarrior

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    i have fox racing suspension in the front but it gets really expensive i paid $900 for one shock...but i do alot of offroading and it performs well on and off road
     
  3. Oct 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM
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    1998tacoma4x4

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    King coilovers, Racerunners, camburg are all good. I would even go with Icon, out of these 4 there are no major differences, just color. Pick your favorite color and you'll be happy.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2009 at 2:35 PM
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  5. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    1998tacoma4x4

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    Deaver j59 pack 2.5 SAW coilovers, rear bilstein 5100's. Extened stainless rear brake line, deck plate mod, drop in K&N filter, Kenwood headunit & pioneer speakers, SnugTop Shell.
    Dont get fabtech - shitty parts and quality..
     
  6. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:21 PM
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    gupster88

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    STOCK 4 NOW
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  7. Oct 12, 2009 at 9:32 PM
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    1998tacoma4x4

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    Deaver j59 pack 2.5 SAW coilovers, rear bilstein 5100's. Extened stainless rear brake line, deck plate mod, drop in K&N filter, Kenwood headunit & pioneer speakers, SnugTop Shell.
    A few good buddy's of mine have all bought trucks with fab tech and nearly all of them have had enough problems with it that they decided to replace it with different companies shocks. One of them had a 04 ranger edge and it had fab tech shocks on and while he was out wheeling he blew his left front shock and the right one wasn't blown but it never functioned as good as before. He doesnt wheel too hard either. Basically i have seen enough broken fab tech parts for a while.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    if you go into the archives of TTORA and CT, you will find a number of negative feedback on Fabtech suspensions...

    at least from those who wheel pretty hard...

    in the last 5 years of being into this sport, i have met a few who had no issues, but i also dont recall seeing them much out wheeling...

    IIRC, their basic coilovers are not rebuildable and a number of folks were having issues with the shock bodies leaking...
     
  9. Oct 13, 2009 at 12:21 AM
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    jdkeller

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    Thats why I stick to Fox or King :)
     
  10. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    well, a number of those folks are people i have hung out with and have seen the carnage myself...

    not sure how it is with a lot of folks here on TW, but on TTORA and CT, the vast majority of members actually know each other in person and hang out, so i tend to trust a lot of the feedback...

    my cousin works at 4wheelparts and he has had several Fabtech coilovers come back damaged and since you can't rebuild their basic coilovers, its pretty much a disposable product... in recent years, Fabtech has dropped a lot of time and effort into quality, but it can be hard to change folks' minds...

    earlier this year, before i went long travel, i had busted my donahoes so they offered to sell me fabtechs but advised me not to offroad them based on the type of offroading i was into... they suggested i only use them to clear my 33s until i either went LT or had the money to step up to Kings or Fox...

    in essence, while online feedback is subjective, it can, to a certain extent, be a valuable way to learn from others' mistakes...

    as for hard proof at this current time, that would be hard as there are not too many folks who abuse their trucks, running fabtech right now...

    in fact, i think the fabtech race truck driven by Barry Karakas is now running sway-away...

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  11. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Gotta agree. A have a few friends that ran Fabtech, and the shocks would blow, or springs would break.
     
  12. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:57 AM
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    although, i do know of someone who beats the crap out of his truck and did run the 2.5 dirt logics and really liked them before he upgraded to Icons...

    the only cons to them were that the springs settled too much too fast and customer service was horrible (i believe when he tried to get them rebuilt)...

    when he sold them, the new owner went out to replace the springs on them...
     
  13. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    ok... now that the debate part is over... back to the original question...

    there IS a great way to get quality without breaking the bank... considering the OP is in so cal, there is a secret to it... hehehehe...

    Socal19, PM me...

    :D
     
  14. Oct 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    thats one hell of a hookup...

    post up your truck... let's see the eye candy...

    so, what's the employee discount like at King?

    :threadjacked:
     
  15. Oct 13, 2009 at 11:31 AM
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    front suspension: camburg gen 2 kit with custom donahoe resivoir coilovers and radflo bump stops rear suspension: deaver 8 with fox 2.5x14 remote resi
    dont get fabtechs plain and simple i've seen soo many fabtech shit break and fail hell my friend is running their spindles on his f150 and the r bent from just driving on the streets. get fox coilovers can't go wrong and i live down the street from king but i'll never buy their shocks they have poor customer service and i'm not the only one.
     
  16. Oct 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM
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    Don't know if you're looking to change the rear suspension as well, but if you were Wheelers sells an OldManEmu full kit for about $1000, everything you need for all 4 wheels.
     
  17. Oct 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    SocalMan22

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  18. Oct 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM
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    SocalMan22

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  19. Oct 13, 2009 at 5:33 PM
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    front suspension: camburg gen 2 kit with custom donahoe resivoir coilovers and radflo bump stops rear suspension: deaver 8 with fox 2.5x14 remote resi

    cause he's another derek lmao
     
  20. Oct 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    eh, forget the mod days...

    lets all meet up in the desert and go wheeling instead...
     
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