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Factory Shock compatibility?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by horizontallyopposed, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Jul 28, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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    New member here. just picked up a 03 trd 4x4 with the access cab. i love the truck and got a great deal on it. its got 104k on the clock and was very well taken care of. it does ,however, need shocks. i found a set of 2009 4x2 trd bilsteins on craigslist locally and need to know if they will fit my truck. i am just going for a factory ride and i dont have the cash for a new set. any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Jul 28, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    They wont fit. Sorry.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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    thats what i figured. thanks for the quick reply. anyone know the best place to pickup the factory bilstiens for the best price?
     
  4. Jul 28, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Actually, your better off upgrading to the Bilstien 5100's. MUCH better shock than the OEM ones. ;)
     
  5. Jul 28, 2009 at 7:21 PM
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    i havent seen the 5100 series shocks listed for the first gen's anywhere. any help?
     
  6. Jul 28, 2009 at 7:23 PM
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    Great, thanks for the link. So with these shocks I can put them on the high setting and gain 2.25" of lift? I was planning on getting the "ready lift" front spacer and rear block kit. With these shocks I should be able to just use the rear blocks and get the small lift I was looking for, perfect. On another note this forum is great. I really appreciate the help
     
  8. Jul 28, 2009 at 9:40 PM
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    yeah just set the front shocks at max and buy something to lift the back a little.
     
  9. Jul 29, 2009 at 12:36 AM
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    Don't use blocks for the rear, bad for the leaf springs. Get AALs, shackles or new leaf packs. If you have the $$$ then get the latter.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2009 at 5:28 AM
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    i have always been a little weary of the blocks myself. but i was under the impression that an inch or less would'nt have that much of an affect. i really don't want to change the ride at all. i put a new leaf pack in my old cherokee and it rode like shit, way to stiff and the shackle became vertical. a new pack is also out of my price range. i guess a shackle would be the best compromise. but wouldn't a longer shackle affect the angle adversly? again affecting the ride. i dont plan to do any hard wheeling. we do spend quite a bit of time on the beach but thats about it.
     
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