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DIY vs. Dealer Bilstein 5100 Story

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by peachc99, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Jan 22, 2011 at 9:46 AM
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    peachc99

    peachc99 [OP] Active Member

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    So I finally gave in and bought all four new bilstein 5100s to level out the Taco. I was debating about doing the rears myself vs having someone else (dealer maybe when TSB is done finally). They quoted me at over 2 hrs to do the rears, while also averagine $109 an hour. So $218 to install 4 bolts, so I decided to say screw that. I backed the Taco in the garage and 45 mins later (30 mins installing, 15 mins finding out how to get the friggin top nut from spinning, Thanks Chris4x4 for an old thread about the 5mm allen wrench recessed on top!).

    So moral of the story, thanks TMW for all of the information and inspiration, my wallet definately thanks you!
     
  2. Jan 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    YumaTRD

    YumaTRD 22R...Legends never die

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    what a great story.
    Glad you saved some cash
     
  3. Jan 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    sam_i02

    sam_i02 Well-Known Member

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    been there many a time. I actually always get a quotes for a project that i am goign to do myself. It feels great when done and you think about the money saved. Then i try and convince the wife that I should spend the money i saved on tools...etc :p
     
  4. Jan 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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    SmoothFox

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    Nothing like turning wrenches on your own ride! Except maybe buying mods for your ride.:cool:
     
  5. Jan 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    atmotocrosser

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    Good job. It feels nice to do it yourself instead of handing money over to the dealer. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Jan 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    peachc99

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    Very true! Was nervous with a new truck, only 3 months old and didn't think i'd be doing this so quickly, ha. At least I have more money towards the next mod, just need to figure out what's next...
     
  7. Jan 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM
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    Hoyal

    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    Yeah I have done it several times Im willing to bet I can do the fronts under an hour. Labor is crazy!!
     
  8. Jan 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM
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    cc350

    cc350 Buckeye Member

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    Dealer only gets my warranty work, I love to do the rest.
     
  9. Jan 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM
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    pinktaco808

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    o yeahhh
     
  10. Jan 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    Hugebergen

    Hugebergen Crash and burn live and learn

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    I'm with you, it's a great learning experience for me to work on my own truck and it gives me an excuse to buy more tools,
     
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