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How do you know when to replace shocks? What to buy?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Bowhuntinhokie, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Jan 26, 2011 at 9:28 AM
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    Bowhuntinhokie

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    How do you know when your shock need to be replaced and how do you go about choosing new one?
     
  2. Jan 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM
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    when there real squishy : ) you can get some billy 5100s as a stock replacement/save money if you dun want full blow coilovers
     
  3. Jan 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    Pugga

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    It's an item that should be checked in a safety inspection (if you have them in your state). You push down quick and release on each of the corners of your truck (one at a time). The truck should return to normal height and stay there. There should be very little 'bouncing'. If, when you release the pressure, the truck doesn't settle back to normal height and stay but rather keeps bouncing for a while, then you need new shocks. It'll also feel like a boat on the road, every bump you hit with make the truck keep bouncing, etc.

    As far as choosing new shocks, there are many options... Bilstein 5100's seem to be very popular on this site but they are far from your only option.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    Shocks should be replaced when there's leakage, physical damage (dents on the housing, etc.) or fade (ride bouncier than usual). The bushings at the top and bottom attachment points could also be worn and make funny noises when going over bumps. For street use you can get OEM replacements or basic aftermarkets offered at Midas, Active Green+Ross etc. If you want to get a lift at the same time, look for Bilstein 5100, OME... sky's the limit.
     
  5. Jan 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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    If I go with the bilstein 5100, i'll be able to get some lift as well? How much?
     
  6. Jan 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    You can! i think you can get just about 3" with them on the top setting and if you replace the coils with Eibachs or OME you can get just over 3" set a 0.
     
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