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bilstein driver/passenger? help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Lionfan, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Apr 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    Is there a difference in the drivers side and passengers side bilstein 5100's? The people I ordered the shocks from are telling me that the passenger side ones are on backorder for a month. I cant see there being any difference and should be able to just use a drivers side on right? If I am wrong let me know, otherwise I am going to just order another driver one and call it good.
     
  2. Apr 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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    Yes there is. Will you feel the difference? I doubt it.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    Isnt one a little longer than the other? What difference might I feel. Wouldnt one side not flex as much as the other, am I right? Would there be any problems down the road if I go ahead and get a driver side one? I really dont want to wait 3 weeks for the stupid shock, but if I have to I will. Or does anyone know where I could order a passenger one that is in stock?
     
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    The rear shocks definately have a left and a right specific side.

    Not to sure about the fronts tho? Well at least I didnt see anything on the box, packaging or shock which indicated they were side specific.

    Different shocks for different side is due to the fuel tank being on your drivers side. Which makes sense why the rears are side specific.
     
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    X2 The fronts are not specific. The rears will be one number off on the part number; like 1234-5678 and 1234-5679. (not sure what the actual number is). It's just the valving that is different.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    So does it really matter if you have a driver on the passenger. You wont notice the valveing that much would you? I just dont see it being that big of a difference. Has anybody found a place that has any passengers in stock right now?
     
  7. Apr 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    Thats wrong. The passenger side is longer.

    Stock Lengths
    Driver Ext:19.61 Col: 12.80
    Pass Ext: 20.28 Col: 13.19

    5100 Lengths
    Driver Ext: 21.6 Col: 14.00
    Pass Ext: 22.5 Col: 14.60

    That info is from Marco at DSM
     
  8. Apr 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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    For the love!! I guess I will have to wait a month, cuz I cant find one anywhere else. I would still like to know what the downside would be of putting a driver side on there. Gotta love it when youve waited 2 years and finally get all your parts to do your lift and then one stupid little piece is missing. Thats my luck.
     
  9. Apr 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    Honestly, there probably wouldnt be an issue with putting two driver's sides on. Your passenger side would just have 1/2" less down travel before maxing out. Too long could cause bottoming out issues, but slightly too short shouldn't really matter all that much.
     
  10. Apr 8, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    Ya thats what I was thinking. I dont do enough offroading that flexes that much to really matter. I think I might just go with a driver side unless I can come up with someone who has a passenger in stock.
     
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    Well I only need one since I already have the driver side. Maybe I will call them and see if they will sell just one. Geez $175 and $185, the place I ordered them from I got them for $155 shipped.
     
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    The 5100 adjustable front shocks are the same for either side.

    The 5100 series shocks for the rear are side specific, the driverside rear shock is shorter than the pass. side rear shock, DO NOT TRY TO SWITCH !! ....:eek::eek::D

    Driverside rear= SHORT

    Pass. side rear = LONGER
     
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    Link lionfan?

    *Edit* I Posted about the fronts, looks like you're talking about the rears.

    Wheelers is $149 rear
    DSM - can't find rears for 1st gens on the site... But if you PM "Downsouth Motorsports" they'll give you a quote quick. I had them price some OME stuff and i heard back within a few hours (During the week/business hours)

    Gdlk.
     
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    Ok thanks I will check into it. I decided I am not going to try and use a drivers side on it I just dont like the idea. Hopefully one of the places will sell me just the pass side.
     
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    Woohoo, found one and it will be here next week.
     
  17. Apr 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    did i inst5all mine wrong then? mine where no different from one another and no markings to diferentiate them :(
     
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    Look at the serial numbers the shorter shock (driverside) number will end in 59 & the longer shock (pass. side) number will end in 60
     
  19. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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    There actually is a pretty difference in the passenger and driver rears. Back when I had mine....and put them on wrong side...bed was cocked all to hell. This was when I first got them a couple years back. Truck won't sit right with 2 driver side rears.
     
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