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Decent suspension components for DD.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Sirlight, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Oct 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    Sirlight

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    Hey all,

    **Im sorry for completely beating a dead horse.**

    Basically ive been doing as much reading as possible and have come to the conclusion my stock 04 de-arched leafs and suspension components ( 88K miles on em ) need to be retired.

    Basically im looking for an affordable "winning combo" of suspension components from wheelers or other forum sponsors.

    My question is, is it OK to mix and match suspension components from different manufacturers? Has a good combo been discovered? ( Bilstein shocks, OME Dakar leafs, XX brand coils, etc ) Is there a specific setup that would benefit a daily driven pavement queen who may see dirt very rarely?

    I hit up wheelers and asked if it was OK to use OME shocks with alternate coils etc, and the response i received was that doing so may yield a slight lean towards the driver side. Also, the spacer kit OME makes only works with their coils/shock combo.

    I use my truck to commute 40 miles a day and for light hauling on occasion. I wouldn't mind the ability to go off road for a vacation/camping trip but realize i have 2wd and will need a 4wd buddy with recovery equipment to accompany me in the event i get to overzealous.

    So what seems to work best for a DD rig ?
     
  2. Oct 6, 2010 at 1:39 PM
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    STLharry

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    Search it. People cover this stuff daily.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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    Goin wheelers 5 leafs. Billy 5100's front and rear, and either wheelers coils or OME 880's.

    The end.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    Good setup, that's what I ended up with. Well with the exception of the coils...I went with 881's to keep rake to a minimum. Great ride off road and on the highway, little stiff around town but then I didn't do all of this to be cruising the city streets.

    A bunch of us did the same set up earlier this year, check out the thread here... http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/gr...heelers-offroad-1st-gen-leaf-replacement.html
     
  5. Oct 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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    You don't say what you want to spend, the cheapest solution would be shocks all around, keep the stock coils up front, and new leaf springs in the rear. If you don't want a lift, just go with bilstein HD's all around (little less expensive than 5100's) and the wheeler's 4 leaf springs in the rear.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    881s not 880s.
     
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    Before you can begin, you must establish two things. One is your budget, as mentioned by kingston73, and the other is what size tire do you want to clear. In my opinion, everything else flows from those two things.

    What is best? Well, how much money you got and how high do you want to be? :D
     
  8. Oct 7, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    I have a daily commute of 100 miles and do it all on an OME lift w/ AAL. Works great.
     
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