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Help Selecting New Shocks & Springs

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by White Monster, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. Jun 19, 2016 at 10:42 AM
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    White Monster

    White Monster [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I've got a 2001 Prerunner 2x4 DoubleCab that's at 140,000 and the suspension is shot, so it's time for replacement. Years ago, the go to upgrade was Bilstein 5100's .. is that still the case? I'm also going to replace the coil overs while I'm there, but have no idea what I should get.

    I don't go off-road, but do get on some fairly nasty washboard dirt roads from time to time. Mostly paved roads though.

    Suggestions, recommendations and/or comments please.
     
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  2. Jun 21, 2016 at 9:44 AM
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    arctic04trd

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    It's tough to say. Suspension, I believe, is subjective. Some people feel nothing short of $10k in long travel on washboard is comfortable. Others think their $200 spacer lift is still acceptable. I think one should buy as much as their budget allows, so as to achieve the most comfortable ride and performance. Granted, price point and quality of product don't always match up.

    My stock suspension is shot, big time. Leafs negative arch, coil springs touching, you name it. I am looking to add an ARB with a winch up front and I have a RTT with gear and full time mounted tool box in back. Based on my needs and what everyone in this forum along with other sources, I chose Old Man Emu suspension. It's arriving this week and should be installed by the weekend. I'll let you know how much improvement over stock, if any, there is on washboard and bumpy pavement. (50% of my driving).

    On a final note, two sayings have always stuck in my head. 1) You get what you pay for, and 2) The cheap pay twice. I am prepared to upgrade, but from what I a have heard, I should be happy with my choice.

    OME is "middle of the road" stuff, I'm told, but I need a starting point so as to judge aftermarket suspension. If I find it rides the same or worse than stock, I might upgrade to some ICONs or KINGs. But I won't know I need them till i try some sort of aftermarket setup.

    To answer your question straight up, I think OME is a good place to start. (Still don't like twin tube vs a monotube setup, but that's a different thread). We all know the prices and specs on shocks and springs out there. Everyone on here buys either 5100s w/ Eibachs or OME. (For budget lifts). If it's just replacement and no lift, have you had the truck since new? Did you ever like/try stock TRD springs and shocks? I would have gone this route if I didn't want a plate bumper/winch.

    Sorry for the long post, slow day at work :pccoffee:
     
  3. Jun 23, 2016 at 9:47 AM
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    White Monster

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    Wow, I'd heard OME was the schnitzel .. thanks for the info. I'll research Eibachs now .....
     
  4. Jun 23, 2016 at 12:21 PM
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    Tamburrini

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    Stock now, but planing on upgrading audio system, proguard rack, rear work lights and tow hitch.
    I have Eibachs up front with Billy 5100 set at zero. Lifted front end about 1.5" on my 2nd gen. Leveled out my truck with the 4 leaf TSB springs and 5100 at the rear. I luv it.
    I put the Eibach Springs in for plowing. Hold the 400 lbs plow no problem. I love the ride.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2016 at 12:27 PM
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    Tamburrini

    Tamburrini Well-Known Member

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    Stock now, but planing on upgrading audio system, proguard rack, rear work lights and tow hitch.
    The Eibach are only found at Toyotech.com
     

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