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for a mild front lift (~ 1.5") springs or 5100's?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by big sky, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Apr 10, 2012 at 7:14 AM
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    Eibach springs provide roughly a 1.5" lift up front, the 5100's can also provide that w/ the oe springs, roughly the same price (springs a little cheaper)

    w/ the Eibachs you get a firmer spring than oe and no need to pre-load at all, w/ the 5100's you get a better damper, but are having to pre-load the oe spring

    the springs would be going on oe Bilstein dampers (not sure how they differ from the oe SR5 dampers)

    so which one and why? :)

    danke
     
  2. Apr 10, 2012 at 7:27 AM
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    Either way you would be satisfied, if all you want it 1.5" of lift I would personally change the coils but I have no experience with eibachs.
     
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    Go with both, Eibachs on 5100's. Then you get a better spring rate and better dampener valving.
     
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    I agree with these guys, might as well get both. Its not that much more expensive. I originally had pre-loaded 5100s, but didn't like the ride. Went out and bough some OME 884 springs (good for 2" of lift) to go with my 5100s. Never looked back.

    IMO, do it right and get both the first time and you wont regret a thing!
     
  6. Apr 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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    thanks gents, looks like coils if I can afford just one, coils and 5100's if I can swing both :)

    I'm definitely going to go w/ a 1/4" spacer if I have .5" more difference left/right- looks like an effective and cheap fix for "the lean" :)
     
  7. Apr 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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    to be honest I don't think a lot is known about the stock (Bilstein or "regular") damping, I think the oe springs are in the 550-ish range, so you're talking 10-12% increase in spring rate- usually dampers can handle that much of an increase, I know that the Eibachs are advertised to be used w/ oe dampers- which may or may not mean a thing :)

    the 5100's are larger 2" vs 1.75, so they have more oil which is an advantage- would be nice if DSM (or another Bilstein vendor) had a dynograph done of the various oe dampers and the 5100's- could speak volumes?????
     
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