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Bilstein 5100 Help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacoman101, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. Dec 17, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    tacoman101

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    So i'm getting tired of my shitty spacer lift becuase the ride is pretty stiff, and I swear that the front of my truck is sagging. I don't have the money for fancy coilovers or something like that, I wish I did, but for the mean time, I want some bilstein 5100 shocks for the front. First I have some questions.

    1st. Can I run the bilstien shocks just in the front, or do I have to get all 4

    2nd. If I just buy two front shocks, can I install them in my existing strut tower, or do I need new coils and everything.

    3rd. I might get flamed with this one but can I run both the bilstein shocks and the spacers. If I do will this give me more lift?

    4th. Does anyone want to buy these for me for christmas

    Thanks guys for all the help
     
  2. Dec 17, 2009 at 6:54 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Yes, you can run just the up fronts

    No, you don't need new coils

    and finally

    Are you out cha damn mind son? :smack: (if you leave them set at 0 you can, but what's the point since they are adjustable?)

    :D
     
  3. Dec 17, 2009 at 6:55 AM
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    1. You can run them just in the front, or all 4

    2. You can use your existing coils

    3. Stacking lifts is generally frowned upon, however a small top plate spacer won't hurt anything...by small i mean 1/4" to 1/2"
     
  4. Dec 17, 2009 at 6:58 AM
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    Alright, mabye I'll get a small 1/2" top plate

    would something like this work:

    "3/8" Thick Steel Top Spacer Pair: 41.00 [​IMG] A chrome plated steel spacer pair, 3/8" thick. For your front suspension. Stackable. Fits on top of the upper strut plate. Requires longer stud set shown below. Provides approx 1/2"-5/8" lift. "

    This is taken from wheelers website

    And would this give me a rough ride like my old spacers
     
  5. Dec 17, 2009 at 7:03 AM
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    Should be fine. It'll sit on top of the strut so it won't preload the spring anymore...This is what I researched when building my setup, however I went w/ the toytec 1/2" top plate spacers

    I would assume it would be much smoother than your previous setup
     
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