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Bilstein 5100 Vs King Coilovers

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JBear, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Jun 3, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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    JBear

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    I know the majority of folks on here tend to go for the Billy 5100's, but I opted for the King Coilovers myself. I took my truck out on Memorial Day weekend and spent 2 days out at Camp Rock (SE of Barstow), and 2 days up in Big Bear, which gave my new coilovers a nice chance to break in, and a very nice mix of desert prerunning and rocky trail stompin. I must say... I was MORE than impressed with the Kings!!! I've driven friends trucks who run the Billies, and they're not too shabby... but I much prefer the ride and capabilities of my own truck now. What is your take on the two? Discuss.
     
  2. Jun 3, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    kings all the way.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    In reality dr/icon, Saw, fox, and kings are all the same just pick a color.

    I had 5100 and notice a fade when they get hot.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    Is there really even a comparison when it comes to the 5100's and coilovers? I think people go with the 5100's mainly because of the price point and the ability to lift the front end a little. If coilovers were in the same price range as the 5100's + springs, I'm sure most would go with the coilovers...
     
  5. Jun 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    right on.

    and alot of the kings/icon/fox etc have internal resis so when they get used alot the oil gets cooled down. or both, (external and internal)

    5100s have neither
     
  6. Jun 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    I'd agree with this. If Kings were the same price as my Eibach/5100 set-up, I'd have jumped on the King's, no comparison. The Bilsteins are just a ride improvement over stock and might take a little more abuse but I wouldn't put them in the same category as a King or Icon coilover set-up.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Not quite. The Icons are Digressive, while the others are progressive.
     
  8. Jun 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    For me it was the price. I want coilovers...but can I afford them, no.
    Bilstein 5100's ~ $200
    2.5 Coilovers ~ $1,400
     
  9. Jun 3, 2011 at 9:38 PM
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    It is ridiculous to compare the two. What is the point?
     
  10. Jun 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM
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    ya i just went and ordered me the 5100s today for the little lift for the little price instead of getting spacers. but will definately upgrade to coils in the future...or just save a couple more G's and slap on a supercharger hehe
     
  11. Jun 3, 2011 at 9:47 PM
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    I read somewhere that Blistein came out with 5160 race shocks with a resi..i wonder how that is
     
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    Haha More like comparing apples to caviar
     
  14. Jun 4, 2011 at 6:06 AM
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    I believe the 5160 series shocks are for heavy duty trucks, like 2500 and 3500 chevy's
    But seriously why are we even discussing the comparison of the two?
     
  15. Jun 4, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    Bilstein vs King?? That's like if an infant fought Mike Tyson. King is about the best you can buy
     
  16. Jun 4, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    well i guess if we have settled it(king is better) i have a real quick question(sorry for thread jacking)....

    5100's vs. nitrocharger(ome)
     
  17. Jun 4, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    OME is stronger around the lower bushing and the spring perch. Notice how thin the 5100 is at the bottom?
     
  18. Jun 4, 2011 at 8:13 PM
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    true ^^^^^ but i thought 5100's preformed better offroad?
     
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    coil overs shall always be better..
     
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