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Bilstein 5100 fronts @ 1.75"

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by vtmactech, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Oct 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    I am wanting to level my regular cab 4x4. Measuring at the center of the hub, from the ground to the top of the fender opening, the front is 2" lower than the rear. Factory suspension w/o the rear TSB. ARB front bumper.

    Will I need anything besides the shocks and an alignment? Any drivetrain geometry issues with 1.75" lift in the front? Not looking to lift, just level.

    If down the road I do get the rear TSB which will raise the rear by another inch, and I set the front to 2.5", will that level of lift cause an issues with drivetrain geometry?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 1, 2011 at 4:26 AM
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    Anyone? I've found several threads showing them set at 1.75" and people asking if there is anything else needed like UCAs but no answers. Search function is a bit lacking, google helped a bit but no definitive answer.
     
  3. Nov 1, 2011 at 4:29 AM
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    My buddy has a 4x4 and he has a lil vibration now. He has his set at 1.75.

    If you do the tsb it will add 1 to 1.5 rear lift.

    If you leave it and set it at 1.75 you should be pretty level.
     
  4. Nov 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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    I had my 5100s set at 1.75" and I've never had any problems. I had an alignment done at the same time and it's never been a problem. You usually don't need upgraded UCAs unless you're setting the 5100s at 2.5". Does that answer your questions?
     
  5. Nov 1, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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    Also, after more reading, the 1.75" setting does not mean a precise 1.75" increase in lift? Or does it? My rear end is exactly 2" higher than the front and if the 1.75 results in a little more than that in lift, it will result in being nose high. Not my area of expertise, appreciate any helpful insight. Thanks.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    I just did my 5100's at 1.75 and added the toytec 1.5" AAL. I got 2" of lift in the front and 2.5" in the back. I had 75k on my stock springs. The ride is still pretty firm but definately handles the bumps better. I can tell a difference in the tightness of the steering and can fill a little bit of "wandering" but it's not bad. 2.5" would probably be pretty bad though.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2011 at 6:31 AM
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    Since you have a reg cab you aren't covered for the TSB. If you want it level I would go with the 5100's set a .85 on eibach springs(can't remember the number) and the 1.5" AAL. I believe the reg cabs were getting about 2.2 - 2.5" of lift in the front on that setup. I am going to get new UCA's soon anyways. I think they will help no matter what the setup.
     
  8. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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    Great answers bendbolden, thanks. Going to go w/ 1.75 on the 5100s and since the ARB bumper dropped the front end about 1/2" after install, this should be close. Thanks again.

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  9. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    Nice ride man! One of those bumpers might be in my future.
     
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    I am going with the 5100 set at 0 and eibach springs, it will give me 1.6" and not shorten the shocks travel. The OME springs would give you closer to the 1.75'' mark. Although that is for the DC.

    I would think you would want a beefier spring with the heavy ARB in front.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    I have the same setup minus the ARB front bumper. I set mine at .85 and it is close to level. It seems 1.75" would be a little nose high in my situation, so I'm happy w/.85.
     
  12. Nov 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    you will not need UCAs. i got the 5100s on my truck a few weeks ago and have had no problems. love the way it looks.
     
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