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Got some adjustable air shocks

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by IDtrucks, May 23, 2011.

  1. May 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    IDtrucks

    IDtrucks [OP] Just out for a rip are ya bud?

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    After doing my researching and internet browsing i bought a pair of Monroe MA727s from shucks for $75 plus tax. Monroe doesent say that these shocks work for tacomas, but they fit fine no modification required at all.
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    I didnt realize just how blown my stock shocks were untill i took them off. I could compress them with my pinky finger and they didnt rebound whatsoever. I could almost just pull them in and out no problem. No wonder my ride was crap and i bottomed out all the time.

    Then with my dirtbike in the back i had zero suspension clearence. Well that, and i am lowered 2" and using shaved stock bumpstops to keep my fender from hitting my too wide tire.

    Anyway, i installed them, didnt take very long at all. Fit great, running airlines was a breeze. At first i was sad because i lost about 1/3" of drop, then i realized that the 1/3" my truck lifted was because i didnt have the sag of the useless stock shocks.
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    The shocks have little air hoses that run up to the t valve stem, and you fill them up just like a tire. I put my filler valve in the gas cap area
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    Filled up the shocks to 20psi (minimum pressure) Thats what i keep it at for normal driving. So far i love it. Ride is pretty smooth but firm. Then filling it up to about 40-50 for the dirtbike is perfect, no more horrible ride for me. In the picture its at 45, which is about an inch higher (unloaded) than normal driving, and stiffer. They can go up to 100. So if im bringing a friend riding or if im taking a trailer ill probably have to bump it up to 75-85. I am so glad i bought these. They work perfectly for me.
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  2. May 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    Looks good man..
     
  3. May 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    Glad they're working for you but keep an eye on them... Shocks aren't supposed to support weight, the leaf springs should support the truck, the shocks should just dampen the ride. Those air shocks are now forcing a part to hold up the truck that was not intended to.

    I highly doubt you'll do anything to harm the truck, just keep an eye on the attachment points to make sure nothing bends, cracks, etc.
     
  4. May 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    interesting. good install dude
     
  5. May 23, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    that was the one thing i was weary of. Im certanly not going to max them out and throw on a heavy trailer or load the bed with 3 bikes or anything. Im just going to use them as if they were very stiff shocks. Thanks for the heads up:D
     
  6. May 23, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    nice review. They Air Shocks have made a ton of difference for me with pulling my trailer and loads in the bed.

    When mine were first installed, there was no alternate kit to use so we modified a Chevy S-10 set and the went in perfectly. I have had them now for about 6 years and uncertain as tho their real life cycle. They are still holding air and the ride is great so they will stay until that changes!
     
  7. May 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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    shucks said they have a lifetime warranty as long as I dont off road it or beat em up, which I know im not doing lol. So as long as they don't leak air they should last a while
     
  8. Sep 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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    old thread revival! These still holding up? any problems? I got the same bike and my shit be all jacked up when im loading bikes!
     
  9. Sep 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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    definitely dont have that truck anymore haha. I sold it for my 4wd almost 2 years ago
     
  10. Sep 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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    Won't work for him anyways. He is a 2nd gen, different mounting for the shocks.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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    Oh that too. Might be able to find differen expanded and compressed length shocks though. As i remember there are a bunch of different models of the same shock with different lengths
     
  12. Sep 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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    Length isn't the issue.

    2nd gens have spindle top mounts and bushings on the bottom. So he would need a different model I bet..if they make em like that even
     
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