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Bilstein 5100 .85 Before/After Picture Request

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by horstm87, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Apr 20, 2016 at 5:48 AM
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    horstm87

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    Already have the front and rear 5100's trying to decide if .85 is the height I want to go with. Please post up some pics of your Tacoma at .85. If you have before and after pics that's even better! Appreciate the help!!
     
  2. Apr 20, 2016 at 6:12 AM
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    Picture after lift, tires and UCA's. 5100's all around. LR UCA's. Front set at .85 w/Eibach 620 springs and 1/4" spacer on drivers side for the lean. The springs provide 1.6" of lift and the AAL in the rear provides about 1.5" after settling. Overall, I gained 2.5" in the front and 1.5" in the rear. Since the front was an inch lower, it sits level.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2016 at 8:39 AM
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    Love that look! I may have to just get the springs and AAL as well. What size tires are you running? Didn't need new UCAs either?
     
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  4. Apr 20, 2016 at 8:56 AM
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    I've got 265/75R16 Duratrac tires. I had some lane wandering at freeway speeds after the lift, so I installed LR UCA's the following week. Drives like stock.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:16 AM
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    Trying to avoid buying UCA's. Truck looks good man! Thanks for sharing.

    Hopefully more people post up some comparison pics.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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    How's the ride vs. stock suspension? Is it noticeably rougher or is it a smooth ride? Right now I really like the ride on my stock SR5 4x4 suspension, but was looking to upgrade to the 5100's too and do a 2 to 3 inch lift. The .85 gave it a better ride than setting at 1 right?
     
  7. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:35 AM
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    Do the Upper Control Arms fix the wandering at highway speed by changing the alignment specs? Toe, camber, caster?
     
  8. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:42 AM
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    The 5100's were an improvement over stock. I could definitely tell the difference.

    Not sure what you mean by "better lift", but the .85 setting would be better than 1.75 due to the pre-load of the springs.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:49 AM
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    Sorry meant better "ride"
     
  10. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:51 AM
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    Most aftermarket UCA's will allow you to get close to, or back to, factory alignment specs.
     
  11. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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    No worries. That's what I thought you meant.

    The more pre-load you add to the springs, the more it will affect ride quality.

    I want to add another inch of lift, but don't really want to pre-load the springs any more, so I'm looking into other options.
     
  12. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM
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    Cool. Thanks for the info. Let me know what you find out if you can. I want the lift and suspension but don't want to lose the ride if possible.
     
  13. Apr 20, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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    You'll lose the ride if you lift, period. If that's your primary concern you shouldn't even consider lifting.
     
  14. Apr 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM
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    5100s in four corners
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    On 265/70/16 bfg rugged trails with SCS bronze wheels
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  15. Apr 20, 2016 at 12:07 PM
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    For the money, you can't go wrong with 5100's. They are a definite improvement over the stock yellars.

    First thing to do is ask yourself what you will be doing with the truck.

    If you off-road a lot, it may be worth it to save up and step up.

    If you rarely off-road, there is no need for an expensive set up simply to mall crawl.
     
  16. Apr 20, 2016 at 12:08 PM
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    5100s and 4600s are identical shocks.

    The difference is 5100s are extended length and used for lifted trucks. Other than that, the internals, valving - identical.

    Stock height trucks gain nothing from changing out Bilstein 4600 shocks (OEM yellows) to 5100s.
     
  17. Apr 20, 2016 at 12:10 PM
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    Interesting. Thanks for the info. Still had a better ride after my lift, though. Wonder why.
     
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    Looks great! Was worried you wouldn't notice much lift but I can definitely tell.
     
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  20. Apr 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM
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    Thanks for that info. I'll have to consider that in my decision.
     
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