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Bilstein 5100 / Eibach Gallery

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tcBob, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Aug 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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    Oh shit! Good look!

    Yeah dude, I hate to say it but you gotta take those back off and move that snap ring all the way down. Your cv's and upper ball joints will be destroyed like it is.
     
  2. Aug 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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    Already one step ahead of you though with the discovery that it's on the 2nd setting :eek: I'll take more before pictures after I get this all taken care of..


    Oh shit! Good look!! I had a shop seat the coils/shocks so this is what I get for taking the lazy way :(
     
  3. Aug 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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    Here's those before & after pics for you Jacob:

    Passenger side CV joint angle before:
    [​IMG]



    Passenger side CV joint angle after:
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Aug 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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    Ehh it happens.

    The shop who assembled my ome881/bilstein5100 combo had it on the top setting. I felt like a total ass telling my mechanic the whole deal and asking to have him reassemble them on the correct setting.

    Most regular mechanics aren't even aware that you can lift a truck without spacers or brackets.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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    Mm yep that's exactly how I'm gonna feel tomorrow morning when I call him, and explain why I can't run it like that. I even called back after I dropped my truck off and told his co-worker that it was important he tell the guy that the shocks need to be set at zero (stock)... but I guess that message never got passed along :(

    Yeah my mechanic was taken back that the lift was the coil itself and then was really bewildered when he saw the lift afterward, but no wonder because it's about 1-1.5" higher than it should be
     
  6. Aug 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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    Eh, see my Build Thread sig link. Too many mods to list.
    Is that recommendation just for this specific instance or for all Tacos? My ToyTec 5100/Eibachs are showing up in the next day or two. I'm having a mechanic install them next week. My understanding is that they ship set for 2.5-3" lift and was going to just have him put them in like that.

    I don't know much about this stuff and am learning as I go, so I appreciate opinions.
     
  7. Aug 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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    Your bilstein 5100s should be set at 0", or stock. They are there merely to cushion the ride. The actual lifting (of 3") will be done by your Toytec/Eibach coils
     
  8. Aug 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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    Mine came shipped with the snap ring on the highest setting. Make sure you move it all the way down. This will give you the lift you're looking for. Anything higher and you're going to damage parts. Tacoma IFS can only handle 3" of so or lift without a drop bracket.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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    Back into the shop :pout:
    [​IMG]


    Hopefully this time they'll get the billies on the lowest setting. Maybe this'll make the ride a little better because it sure was bouncy on my way home/back to the shop :confused:
     
  10. Aug 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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    It will ;)
     
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    3inch toytec coils 5100's, aal(soon to be replaced), 33/12.5 km2s, + a money hole...
    Holy crap that looks high up front on that second notch!
     
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    Yeah, that's what I thought.... Then I drove it and felt like I was gonna get sea sick the ride was so damn bumpy :puke:
     
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    3inch toytec coils 5100's, aal(soon to be replaced), 33/12.5 km2s, + a money hole...
    I was gonna say it had to have been, mine was pretty stuff till I got the uniball UCAs
    And cause i have a 4banger up front there's not to much weight!
     
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    The ride is A LOT better than it was before. Here are the CVs and the coils/shocks. Those are where they should be now, correct? I think so but it's always reassuring to have a 2nd opinion :)

    [​IMG]


    Now he said he had them on the highest setting :eek: but when measuring before/after this is what it looks like from the ground up the center to the (middle of the) fender flare:
    Stock
    FD - 34.25"
    FP - 34.50-34.75"
    RD - 35.50"
    RP - 35.25"

    After Front Install (at 2.50") w/ Coils
    FD - 39.50"
    FP - 39.25"
    RD - 36.00"
    RP - 35.50"

    After Fron Install of shocks to 0" w/ Coils
    FD - 38.50"
    FP - 39.00"
    RD - 35.50"
    RP - 35.50"

    I feel like I would've had more drop after he lowered the bilstein shocks down to the stock level :confused:

    Like I said, the ride is a hell of a lot better and looking at it, the struts look like they're on the stock setting and the coil is DEFINITELY doing it's job by adding about 4" of lift -- which will probably settle to around 3"
     
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    Want to add my truck to the gallery. Thanks for the help tacomadude89, blackdawg, and everyone else!

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    That looks a lot better. And as far as the numbers with the 5100's at the highest setting with the eibachs you were probably maxing the control arms (full extension) and they were limiting the amount of lift you actually got. I'll go measure mine in a sec just to compare.
     
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    Awesome! I look forward to comparing measurements.
     
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    measure from the center of the hub to the fender, that way tire size doesn't come into play when measuring height


    my h/f readings with the eibachs were 24.3" up front
     
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    also, the first time I had a shop put on my 5100's for me... this happened

    [​IMG]

    so you're not alone in that department. haha
     
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    Lol I bet all of our mechanics are weirded out by our upgrades.

    Lift coils? Shock notches? You people are insane.
     

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