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Bilstein 5100 leveling issue ..

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Fightnfire, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM
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    Fightnfire

    Fightnfire [OP] Recklessly tired

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    I went through Les Schwab, used them a ton, good guys. Anyway, stock as is my trucks sits right around 2 3/4" high in the back. They installed the bilsteins at 1.75" and that put me over 2" high in the FRONT. nearly 3". They lowered them to the "stock" no lift setting and my FRONT was still sitting 1 3/4" high.

    Any ideas?

    Their trying to talk me into going with the standard 2" spacer to level it out. I don't do any real hard off-roading just the occasional snow/ice and maybe a bit of mud on occasion, no rocks.

    I do have the stock stuff in back still, 3 leaf spring.

    Am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    Perch ring for the spring is upside down maybe? At the zero setting it should be the same as stock.
     
  3. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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    We just had may sons 2010 done today at the Toyota dealer. They put in the 4 pack TSB rear springs and I had them install 5100 in the front at the 1.75 setting. It turned out great.

    I was planning on just adding the 5100 shocks on my 2011 in the front with them set at .85 using my stock 3 leaf rear springs. From my searches here that was the overwhelming advice.

    After the way my sons truck turned out I'm now rethinking it and may try to get the 4 pack instead.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:22 PM
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    yeah, i'd say the spring perch is upside down....they installed them wrong. otherwise, there's no way for them to add any height if they were set to the 0 setting.

    take it to someone who knows what they're doing or do it yourself...it's not hard, takes about 4 or 5 hours.
     
  5. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    I say the spring perch is upside down.
     
  6. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM
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    I'll call them tomorrow, it is upside down. I remember looking at it and just found a good shot of one installed.

    So, to clarify and ty in advance. 09 SR5 3 leaf rear and bilstein's set at .85 or 1.75 to level??

    EDIT: I'm pissed that they are pushing the spacer instead honestly. Also, do you guys find installers get irritated when you mention online communities?
     
  7. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    My 09 sr5 has the leaf TSB in the back and 1.75 setting in the front is level. Hope this helps you!
     
  8. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    LOL, the good guys @ LesSchwab had no idea and installed the ring upside down. You want that fixed asap btw.
     
  9. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    I left it there ..
     
  10. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM
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    From my searches here, this has been the advice that I gathered using 5100's in the front;

    Stock 3 leaf rear springs use the .85 setting.

    The TSB 4 leaf rear springs use the 1.75 setting.

    Either of these combo's should level your truck.

    Good luck.
     
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