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Billistein 5100 vs OME 90004 struts?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by x2468, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Sep 5, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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    x2468

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    So.... long story short I wanted 5100 fronts but they were out of stock and i felt i needed struts for my long road trip with 1400lbs of motorcycles, luggage and people in the truck and I was told they'd be the closest thing. well the struts never came in time and i embarked on the trip without them hoping everything would be fine (it was, even without the front timbrens i got just in case as well). So now I have these 90004s sitting around in the box. They were a bit more expensive than the 5100s. It's too late to return them but im wondering, are they comparable to the 5100s? I never had the time to do the research since i felt i needed something right away. I ran a search on them here but didn't find anything.

    So im wondering now, how do the 5100 struts compare to the 90004 struts?

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Dec 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    bump? maybe more info out now
     
  3. Dec 3, 2010 at 11:17 PM
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    Does anyone at least know anything about the 90004s???
     
  4. Dec 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    i have the 5100's, but after driving for a while.....im not liking these struts as much as i thought i would. they a pretty progressive and get stiffer the more miles you put on them. and i have them coupled with the ome 881 coils. roads around here suck...and you can feel every imperfection in the road...especially potholes. i can side skirt the potholes and still you can tell when you are even close to them. the 5100's are a great shock...but i think the ome shocks will be a bit better.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2010 at 10:12 AM
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    Ive had my truck back for 6 days with the 5100-881 combo. At times i feel like its hard up front, other times its buttery. Then I drive my gfs 2005 dodge sx and take the same roads. Its WAY worse. Just a few impressions after a few days.
     
  6. Jan 17, 2011 at 1:18 AM
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    What does everyone figure is to blame for the harsh ride? the 5100s or the 881s?
     
  7. Jan 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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    im pretty sure its the 5100's stiffening up.
     
  8. Jun 13, 2011 at 7:53 AM
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    Dents. Some bed work to haul a quad.
    Beware of the ride for these struts (and rear shocks).
    They are advertized as smooth; however they are very harsh and stiff.
    Control over bumpy roads (in a turn) is substandard.
    I think that a better application would be for off-road racing.
    Cheers.
     
  9. Jun 13, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    I think common sense would dictate the 5100 at 2.5 would ride like crap.

    Is everyone less than happy riding these at 2.5?, 1.75?,.85"...or stock height?...
     
  10. Jun 13, 2011 at 8:28 AM
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    I'm interested in the answer here...What do the Bilsteins ride like @1.75?
     
  11. Jun 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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  12. Jun 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    My nitrocharger sports and 881's are pretty damn stiff bout rattles my teeth out lol. Drives smooth offroad with a truck full of people/camping gear though.
     
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