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Helper leaf = lift??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by gnew, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. Dec 5, 2016 at 11:46 AM
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    I bought a used 04 that needs new shocks. The truck came with helper leafs installed and so sits higher (i know...). Should I get a set of rear shocks with stock specs or for lifted (eg Bilstein 5100 for 1" lift). I initially assumed yes but thought I check and couldn't find an answer searching the forums. Thanks
     
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    You could go either way. If you keep the rear wheels on the ground (meaning you don't wheel), then the stock shock will be fine. If you want a better quality shock, then go for the Billy or OME (Old Man Emu).
     
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    Even with the rear tires hanging, I don't imagine helper springs would lengthen downward travel. All they do it resist compression of the original spring pack. They won't make it hyper-extend.

    OP I'd say get replacements for stock height. Bilstein 5100's are still a good bet.
     
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    OK thanks neverstuck, that makes sense.
    The Bilstein site says the 5100s are for 1-1.5" lifted vehicles

    B8 5100 - Shock Absorber

    Part Number: 33-247724


    Series: B8 5100
    Drive Type: 4WD
    Position: Rear Left
    Descriptor: A minimum 1" lift block is required for this application
    Descriptor: For Rear Lifted Height: 1-1.5"
    Quantity Per Vehicle: 1

    Collapsed Length (IN): 13.62
    Extended Length (IN): 21.26
    Collapsed Length (MM): 346
    Extended Length (MM): 540

    Finish: Zinc Plated
    Reservoir: No
    Body Design: 46mm ID Smooth Body (Non-Coilover)

    Bilstein B8 5100 shock absorbers are designed as a direct fit solution for lifted trucks and SUV’s. These shock absorbers feature a monotube design which provides consistent fade free performance. B8 5100 shock absorbers utilize a unique, velocity sensitive, digressive piston which reacts to changing road conditions. All B8 5100 shock absorbers are tuned for each specific application to assure optimal performance is achieved. B8 5100 shock absorbers offer a significant improvement in ride quality, handling, and comfort.
     

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