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How long do shocks last

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Koov, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. Feb 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    Koov

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    Just curious how long does the average shocks last on these tacomas? I am close to 60K now and have the TRD sport Bilsteins. Should I be replacing them soon?
     
  2. Feb 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    Depends a lot on the type of roads you drive, how you drive, how much you haul in the truck. A lot of variables come into play.
     
  3. Feb 8, 2011 at 4:10 PM
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  4. Feb 8, 2011 at 5:15 PM
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    60-100k miles. Jounce the bumper down hard. If it doesn't settle quickly(one or two successively smaller recoils), shocks are bad.
     
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    i got 64000 on mine and im 75%c highway 25 off road.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    I heard the Bilstein HDs (the ones in TRDs) go a long time (well over 100k) if you don't hammer on them.

    I wonder about 5100s?
     
  7. Feb 8, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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    my aftermarket shocks have ALWAYS shit the bed early. Early early. But then again, you don't beef up your suspension on vehicles you're trailering around.
    OEM is almost always the best (longest lasting) under normal driving in most cars, with a few exceptions. Usually you "upgrade" and give up durability, longevity or performance. Usually.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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  9. Feb 8, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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  10. Feb 8, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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    I drive 95% highway and the other 5% is only logging roads. No really beating on my truck. I think the shocks are still good, but am itching to put some Billy 5100 to add a little lift to my truck. I was just curious how long my stock ones would last.
     
  11. Feb 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM
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    I got 150k out of my TRD Bilsteins.
     
  12. Feb 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    I'm probably a higher percentage highway than you, but do spend a fair amount of time on logging roads in the summer. While I didn't have the TRD shocks (have SR5), mine were shot by 75K miles. It would bounce maybe 3 times on a big bump on the highway (65 mph on a turn where it dips from the road sinking). After replacing with the 5100s, it dips and levels instantly. That just confirmed they were shot.

    On a side note, I remember one member on one of the forums saying they used to test shocks. Every OEM shock that came with the vehicle new lost 50 percent of its ability within something like 2 years or 30K miles. The thought was that the vehicle manufacturers were trying to get the vehicles out the door at a lower build cost (just like tires). I can't remember the stats or which forum it was on, but that just stuck in my head because I was wondering the same thing as you back then.
     
  13. Feb 9, 2011 at 9:06 AM
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    I just replaced my stock billys and I am at 91k. They were fine, I just wanted to go to the 5100's.
     
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