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Best shocks

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by SharkMan, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Feb 11, 2008 at 3:50 PM
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    SharkMan

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    I'm about to put new shocks on my taco as the current ones are rather shot. I was looking at either the Bilsteins that came with the trd package originally or the Rancho RS5000 series. What do you all recommend?
     
  2. Feb 11, 2008 at 3:57 PM
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    Toy4Life

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    I don't think you can go wrong with the Bilsteins.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2008 at 4:04 PM
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    orangebutte

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    I bought my '08 Tacoma TRD 4 x 4 last month. Prior to that I owned a Dodge Dakota 4 x 4 for 7 yrs. I replaced the factory shocks on that truck Dec. '06 with Rancho 5000 shocks. They worked fine for me. I'm not familiar with Bilstein shocks. I'm sure either would be fine. Both have good reputations so maybe cost would be the factor to consider.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2008 at 4:07 PM
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    humanoid

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  5. Feb 12, 2008 at 7:18 AM
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    I love Bilsteins
     
  6. Feb 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM
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    007Tacoma

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    Fourth on the Bilsteins. I love mine! :D
     
  7. Feb 12, 2008 at 2:42 PM
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    SDHQ OFFROAD

    SDHQ OFFROAD Cuz Stock Sucks!

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    Bilsteins, you cant top the valving on them.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2008 at 3:16 PM
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    orangebutte

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    What is "top the valving" regarding shocks. Don't know a lot about them so I could use some education. Bilstein shocks seems to be the way to go from what I've read. Thanks for any "forum" education.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2008 at 3:25 PM
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    SDHQ OFFROAD

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    I was saying that you cant get much better than the bilsteins. The valving is how the shocks are internally setup.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2008 at 5:22 PM
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    SharkMan

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    Looks like I'm going with the Bilsteins then. The best price I found was on eshocks.com, a full set is about $280 for 1st gens.
     
  11. Mar 25, 2008 at 7:40 PM
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    4x4x4trd

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    When I replaced the ones on my '99 with new HD yellow Bilsteins from Performance Products they were approx. twice the size of the TRD fleet type Toyota issue Bilsteins. The ride was greatly improved with the replacements . I just got an '08 and had the TSB rear leafs done and I'm already putting the 5100's on. I have just over 1000 miles on the TRD Toyota fleet yellow Bilsteins. This swap is also to level the truck somewhat but I'm expecting a lot better ride as well. I had Rancho 5000's on my '89 with a 2" lift all around and they were ok but I feel the Bilsteins are far better. Their wins in off road racing speaks for itself.

    Link is for Bilstein 5100's all corners and knock about $10 off on best offer and I'll bet they take it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/96-0...023QQitemZ360036686617QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
     
  12. Oct 6, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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    just looking for the best deal on shocks 4 my 08 4x4 acces cab best type and price sucker rides like a wagon with steel wheels as it is now
     
  13. Oct 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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  14. Oct 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    just need a quote 4 now gota save my pennies
     
  15. Oct 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM
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    Bilstein 5100 at least, very inexpensive and an awesome shock for the Tacoma!

    Fox, and King are the tops... but $$$

    Avoid that other brand... way too many horror stories from people I know personally who had them.
     
  16. Aug 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM
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    What are the best shocks if money doesn't matter? I don't mind paying more. I want my truck to be figuratively 'bullet proof'
     
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