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Bilstein 5100 help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RyanBelliston, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Dec 18, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    RyanBelliston

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    I am ordering all 4 pre-loadable Bilstein 5100 shocks from DSM. Im going to set the front to 2.5 setting. Buying a set of used 285/75/16 tires from a buddy. My overall goal is to get the truck up a little bit with some bigger tires but with good shocks as i will be doing very little offroading, but def some.

    Also I am going to run the stock coil springs. Does that work, or do I need a new set of coil springs?

    What exactly do I need to purchase from DownSouthMotorSports for the rear. (want to level up the back as well). AAL?

    Also will these tires fit fine with that setting?

    Sorry for the noob questions.

    Thanks for the help guys!
     
  2. Dec 18, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    Go with spindles and then get the 3" leaf kit from all-pro.
     
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    With 2.5" in front it is recommended you drop the front differential.
    What this does is it brings the front differential down (about 1") and
    takes some of the stress of the front CV's (and for some cures vibrations after lift). The kit runs about $30 from Toytec, Wheelers ect...

    If you have the TSB rear spings the 1.5" AAL should bring you level.
    If you have stock rear springs the 2" AAL bring it level.

    So how do you know if you have the TSB springs?

    EASY, count the number or leaf springs, you will have 3 or 4.
    If you have 3, then you do NOT have the TSB springs.
    If you have 4 you DO have the TSB springs.

    3 = STOCK
    4 = TSB Rear Springs.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM
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    Your stock coils are designed to work with the 5100's.

    The 285's are gonna cause you some trouble. 275's will fit on the stock rims and decrease the likelihood you will need to trim mudflaps.

    You'll need new UCA'S

    a REAR aal will also be in order. 1.5-2"
     
  5. Dec 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM
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    I run 285's at 2.5 and my UCA's are fine. I do have some rubbing, however, I have 16x9 rims. But, you can always trim where you need it.
     
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    You don't need new UCA's for a 2" lift.....
     
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    you mean 2.5?
     
  8. Dec 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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    you don't need it on that either
     
  9. Dec 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    Yeah , some guys say new uca's aren't necessary .

    a lot of guys on TW have had alignment issues with stock UCA's on a 2.5 inch lift. More adjustable uca's solved their problems.

    Personally, I would spend the $350. Especially if I was also planning big tires
     
  10. Dec 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    Depends on the tires you use..... with 285 it will rub some.

    With 2.5" lift, I'd go 275, I have read that you can use FJ wheels and run 285's with no rubbing at all. But don't take my word on that...
     
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