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bilstein 5100 length question

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Holyfather, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Mar 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM
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    Holyfather

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    I heard that the front drivers side shock should be slightly longer than the passenger side to compensate for the added weight on that side. Is this true? I just got mine and they are the same length.
     
  2. Mar 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM
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    Maybe slight diff. in coil height but struts are the same
     
  3. Mar 19, 2012 at 5:33 AM
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    Pugga

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    The coils are side specific but I'll be damned if I can tell you how to tell which side is which. Both coils have the same thickness and appear to be the same height (I measured when I replaced mine). The shocks themselves will be identical side to side.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2012 at 5:41 AM
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    Shocks are the same length and as far as I can tell so are the springs... Just took my stock springs out and measured them, no difference in those either.
     
  5. Mar 19, 2012 at 6:47 AM
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    I cut some wires here. Added some wires there.
    A lot of guys add a 1/4" spacer to the drivers side when they do the swap to offset the way it leans do to the driver and gas tank being on the same side of the vehicle. That's what you must be thinking of. Search "taco lean" and you'll get a million hits.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2012 at 6:54 AM
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    That's only with aftermarket coils. The 1/4" spacer is not required when reusing stock coils.
     
  7. Mar 20, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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    Which side is which (green/red)? Is it like boating, green on the passenger's side, red on the driver's side?

    We even measured the coils with calipers and they're identical. I don't know how Toyota makes one stiffer :notsure:
     
  8. Mar 20, 2012 at 5:06 AM
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    I have the same problem! I've got a set in my garage and no clue which side they came off of :eek:
     
  9. Mar 22, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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    Ya I will be reusing my stock springs and am only going to go up 1.75" to level it out.
     
  10. Mar 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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    Are there any concerns when going to 5100s and reusing the stock coils? I am thinking about doing this, and also thinking of setting them at 1.75". Are you going to be able to keep using the factory UCAs?
     
  11. Mar 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    I dunno but since we're talking about coils this is stamped on end of driverside coil ... R18

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    & this is on pass. coil.... R16
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    haven't a clue
     
  12. Mar 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    I just put them in and it worked fine to reuse the stock coils and UCAs. It rides a little stiffer but it is not bad at all
     
  13. Mar 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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    These both look like R18 to me...just sayin...
     
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    Are you telling me you can't see thats the number 16 ???

    just sayin'.....:p
     
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    Pssh... that's B18, you're both crazy :D
     
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    Do we have a BINGO !!!:D
     
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