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Do I need new shocks and struts?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bws2, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Jul 14, 2018 at 9:04 PM
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    bws2

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    I just had 4 new tires mounted by a used tire place. The owner pointed out how cupped my old tires were and recommended new shocks (he only does tires so he's not trying to sell me anything extra).

    The truck is a 2007 Tacoma 2.7L Access cab with 95,000 miles.
    I only drive it about 4,000 miles per year now (just back and fourth to work and hauling a dirt bike once in a while)

    I can do the rear shocks myself, but I'd have to take it somewhere to get the fronts done.
    My question is would just doing the rears be of any use, or should I get the fronts done too?

    Also, if dong all 4 is it best to get the same brand all around or is mixing brands okay?

    I was looking at the following for the rear shocks (I'd appreciate any opinions on these or other's I should consider)

    Monroe OESpectrum 37279,
    Gabriel Ultra G63889
    KYB 349011

    Thank you

    BWS2
     
  2. Jul 16, 2018 at 8:07 AM
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    TacoMoose

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    we have a shop here in NY and one thing i learned is its not worth doing half ass jobs. i would change all the shocks and struts. even if one shock is worn and other one is still good, doesnt matter change them. from the 3 brands you mentioned, monroe is going to be the best one. they are the closest thing to OEM quality. even if you spend a few bucks extra over another brand, its worth every penny if you plan on keeping your car more then a few years. and as for mixing up brands, i would avoid that to. thats like having 2 different sneakers on, yea it gets the job done but its not good
     
  3. Jul 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    Sprig

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    If your truck hasn’t had new shocks an struts before then at 95000 miles you definitely need them. Yes do all four at the same time. Shocks/struts are not just about tire wear but also safety.
    All the brands you list are good products. I personally like Bilsteins but everyone will have a favorite. And use the same brand all the way around.
     
  4. Jul 16, 2018 at 8:21 AM
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    koditten

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    Just by shock/coil assemblies for the front and you can do them yourself.
     
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  5. Jul 16, 2018 at 8:25 AM
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    rnish

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    You can get aftermarket coil overs (e.g., Monroes) with the coil pre mounted. This makes the front job easier and you can do all four corners yourself.
     
  6. Jul 16, 2018 at 8:29 AM
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    front struts are not hard to do, youtube shows how with no spring compressor
     
  7. Jul 16, 2018 at 10:21 AM
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    BlkDakDave

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    Just put all four on my 2007 with 86,000 miles. I went with Monroe and used the quick struts up front. Did the job myself. Did use a little bit of ingenuity to get the orginal struts off and the new ones on. It can be done. BTW - the ride is way better now.
     
  8. Jul 16, 2018 at 10:28 AM
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    Larueminati

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    My tires started cupping with 60,000 on my factory bilsteins, damn near ruined them. After awhile on the back they evened back out.
     
  9. Jul 17, 2018 at 1:24 PM
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    PackCon

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    If the truck is aligned properly and you are getting cupping then I woukd say you are due for some new struts.

    However make sure your truck is properly aligned. Thats going to be a big culprit and a cheaper fix.
     
  10. Jul 17, 2018 at 3:46 PM
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    I’m at 179,000 miles on my originals, think I’m ready?
     
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  11. Jul 17, 2018 at 4:04 PM
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    You might be on the bubble.

    Be prepared for an amazing change.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2018 at 4:36 PM
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    Yeah I'm thinking I'm ready soon. The truck seems to pass the bounce test but I can feel it leaning in turns. Tire wear is normal...
     

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