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bilstein shock difference???

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by tacomaman06, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Apr 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM
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  4. Apr 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM
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    i had thought about it, but im not going to lift or anything, and im not needing shocks yet.....im at 30k right now,but i'll probably just get regular billy's when its time...........i was just wondering the difference.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2008 at 10:39 PM
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    I believe that even the Toyota issued TRD Bilstein's are still a fleet type shock. The yellow Bilstein HD's that I replaced, at 30,000 as one on the rear had blown, on my '99 TRD were almost twice the diameter of the original ones. The same with the 5100's that I just put on this '08 TRD truck. The 5100's and the yellow HD replacements are a 46mm piston? and alot better dampening than the original issue Bilstein's. I agree about the 5100's, you can adjust if needed, from Downsouth Motorsports. Offer $258 on best offer and I'll bet you a beer they take it. :cool:

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  6. Apr 12, 2008 at 9:07 AM
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    how much of a difference could you tell between the stock billy's and the hd billys?? and yeah, they do look a a good bit bigger.
     
  7. Apr 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM
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    4x4x4trd

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    A good friend and I both replaced the factory Bilstein HD's with the replacement yellow HD's from Performance Products at the same time. We also replaced the tires at this time with Michelin LTX M/S. This was on '98 and '99 TRD trucks. We were both really impressed at the difference in ride and handling, but to be honest it may have been the combination of the two. I do think mine took the bumps a lot smoother with the new shocks but hey the old ones had 30,000 on them.
    Kinda like someone driving your truck and saying its pulling right a little. You drive it every day and don't notice it changing day by day. I do feel the 5100's are as good or better than the new replacement HD's and the ability to adjust the lift to level, ect. is just a plus. I'm very happy with the 5100's and there is a big difference over the stock issue HD's. I only went to the .85" setting so my ride isn't as firm as some that have gone for more lift. When it comes time to replace tires I'll have to go with the Michelin's again. I'm 90% on pavement and not real radical when I do get off road and they fill my needs.
     
  8. Apr 12, 2008 at 11:16 AM
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    The bilstein 5100's are only adjustable in the front, correct? To raise the rear either new leaf packs or blocks need to be used? I want to lift my truck not too much, about 2". I want to keep the rake in the truck so I have to lift the back as much as the front, I'm assuming. I don't want to get into dropping the diff or replacing brake lines. Are the 5100's plus a block or leaf packs the most economical way?
     
  9. Apr 12, 2008 at 11:26 AM
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    The 5100's are adjustable in the front only and I believe only for non lifted or not more than 2" over stock? I'm sure others can help you out on the blocks as I left mine stock height.
     
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    That's correct. The rears are not adjustable. I have the 5100s front and back with the front set at 2.5 and the TSB leaf springs on the back with no blocks. The truck wells are the same height front and rear over the tires. If you had the TSB in the back (which lifts the back over stock) you could set the front to .85 or 1.75 and have a slight downward rake. If you don't have or want the TSB springs, you could lift the back. Measure from the top of your wheel straight up to the wheel well. My TSB springs lift the rear to 7.5" above the wheel.
     
  11. Apr 13, 2008 at 10:32 PM
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    If I dont have TSB done, how high can i lift the front using this 5100?

    EDIT: Do you even need TSB on 08?
     
  12. Apr 14, 2008 at 6:07 AM
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    The 5100's are adjustable to 4 heights, stock, .85", 1.75", and 2.5".
    Your call on having the TSB done. If you only have 3 leafs total in the rear you don't have it, meaning Toyota is still sending out new trucks that way. The 08's aren't officially listed on the TSB as you can tell reading on here.
     
  13. Apr 22, 2008 at 9:37 PM
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    So, is the TSB basically an add a leaf? how many leafs are there? After reading this forum for a couple days, I'm thinking the 5100's 2.5" and after market add a leafs.
    Do you or anyone on this forum feel that the 5100's are really stiff set at the 2.5" mark? would I be better off going with a spacer and add a leaf?
    greatly appreciated!
     
  14. Apr 22, 2008 at 9:46 PM
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    Several have said they get quite stiff set at the full 2.5" setting.

    I only went at .85" and love the ride after having both done. Only slightly more firm than the fleet type shocks that came on my TRD truck at that setting.
     
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    i've got a 3" lift in the front. when i put the bilsteins on will i need to keep them at stock setting?
     
  16. May 26, 2008 at 4:13 PM
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    Out of curiosity, I have the Toytec 3inch lift, I want the 5100 adjustable shocks for sure. What happens if you do put them above the stock setting? I am thinkin of getting the Total Chaos UCA and wonderin if by adjusting a little higher I could get rid of some rubbage.
     
  18. Apr 21, 2009 at 6:18 AM
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    I got the one that came with the lift, I went ahead and bought it too. :)
     
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