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Bilstein 5100 setting question .085 or 1.75 front?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PPM, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Mar 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    PPM

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    I just had my 2010 Taco dbl cab lwb TRD sport get the TSB done with the 4 leaf pack 2 days ago, it raised the back about three inches and I understand it will settle some with time.
    My question is...
    I am getting ready to install 5100's all around this weekend and want to know which setting to go with .085 or 1.75? for the front.

    I will be hauling an aluminum 18' center console boat regularly and I don't want to be nose high, but I like the look with the 1.75 setting.

    I don't want to use rear blocks either.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    picture after TSB

    IMG_20110302_160951.jpg
     
  2. Mar 3, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    With 1.75" setting, you should just be about even with the rear. Towing on the other hand will have you nose high. An AAL with the TSB spring is real stiff but great for towing and hauling.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    Thanks for the input. I am scared the AAL will ruin the ride. Looking at .085 setting, I think
     
  4. Mar 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM
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    I have a 1.5" AAL with the TSB spring and it's stiff! If I wasn't towing or hauling, I would have used blocks. If you want a decent ride, skip the AAL and spend the extra money on leaf packs. I believe there's a 3 leaf one that gives you a 1.5" lift but you can try the blocks first since they don't cost too much.

    You should ask Chris4x4, he had blocks first and switched to AAL.
     
  5. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    Thanks for the input. I will check it out
     
  6. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    chris4x4

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    I never had blocks. Blocks can cause/exacerbate axel wrap, and wear your springs out faster. A Long AAL wont affect the ride too much, while the short ones will stiffen it up a bit more.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    I've had blocks and now an AAL w/ the stock TRD OR Bilsteins and it's all stiff. I'm actually about to go down a tire size, remove the AAL and go from 2.5 to 1.75 up front.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    Personally I'd set the 5100's in the front to 2.5" and install a 2" aal. GL with your decision.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    I have the TSB and 5100's set at 1.75 and like the way it sits. Hooked up my boat and I still looked level. Now I have an access cab and to me it looks like the DC's that are set at 1.75 look a little more tail heavy so you may consider .85 instead.
     
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    set up 1.75 mine with TSB leaf springs...look good to me and no rake like it!!!
     
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    My apologies. I thought I saw your write up for the AAL install with blocks on the truck. Might not have been your truck. Might not even be your write-up.

    Also, I have the Dakar long AAL and it stiff but I've only had it for about 2.5 weeks. Maybe it will soften up a bit.

    My fender lip to ground measures 38.25" fronts and 40" rear.
     
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    Have the TSB and 5100s set at .85.

    i think that would be the best for you

    the TSB raised your back end 3 inches??

    the TSB raised my back about 1.5 inches

    and then it settled to about 1 inch

    hense why i went with the .85
     
  13. Mar 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    I have the same decision to make on my sport, anybody know if you can go any bigger with tires set @ 1.75 front & rear TSB springs on stock rims?
     
  15. Mar 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    It really did raise the back three inches, but I know as soon as I haul a heavy load it will go down about 1.5 inches from what I understand.

    Still have the factory TRD sport wheels, bigger tires and new wheels will be the next mod.

    Thanks for all your input.
     
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  17. Mar 4, 2011 at 6:55 AM
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    I have the Icon 3 leaf progressive AAL and I love the ride of it. It's was supposed to raise the rear 1.5" but it actually raised it 2 3/8". Hasn't settled any after 3,000 miles.
     
  18. Mar 4, 2011 at 6:58 AM
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    That was my write up, but PackerfanXD's truck. I is much happier with the AAL instead of the blocks.
     
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    I have the tsb with the 1.5 AAL I really didnt notice a difference from when I got the TSB to adding an extra leaf. I have front set to .85, but I am about to put coils on it.
     
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