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how often to change shocks?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by TacomaPrime, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    Was thinking of replacing mine, for the simple fact that I have no idea if they have ever been replaced. Bought my truck with 85k on it, and the ones that are on it, have quite a bit of rust on them.

    I found a guy selling his set that has 8k miles on them from his 2011 TRD off road, mine is a 05 trd offroad.

    thanks.
     
  2. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    may be worth doing it. generally if the truck is bouncy then you know shocks are bad. if u can pick up the new shocks for cheap then do it
     
  3. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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    125k on my truck and I tow and my 05 shocks are as good as day 1. Not sure the question would be "how often" to change them because at the rate mine are lasting I may only change them once during the life of the truck.
     
  4. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    Broken / leaking / lifting / lowering / cosmetic, most shocks today will last a very very long time, most manufactures will say they last the life of vehicles today.
     
  5. Oct 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM
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    Monroe claims every 50K miles. But then again, every oil brand claims oil changes every 3K miles. Overkill? Maybe. At 85K, they may still be functional, but a new set is going to feel like butter. I'd do it. Why not a set of 5100's though?
     
  6. Oct 31, 2011 at 8:19 PM
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    If you're driving and you have bad shocks, you will definitely know it. When you hit bumps you will continue to bounce. Shocks stop that. If you visually inspect them and see dark, oily dust, then they are leaking. Otherwise, shocks usually last quite a while.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    I would do 5100's, but I don't want to lift my truck. If I do, It probably wont fit in my garage anymore.
     
  8. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:58 AM
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    5100's all on fours
    5100's have a 0" or stock setting.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:04 AM
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    Oh. They do? I did not know that. Hmmm. May have to get a set of them instead then.
     
  10. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    According to Toyota, shocks and strut have a "lifetime" warranty on them. Well, that's what a sign says at my local dealership.

    I've been wanting to upgrade my shocks ever since I got the truck back in 2008 but gotta pay for school first.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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    That's them. And make sure you get new bushings for the front if needed. They don't come with them.
     
  13. Nov 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    Where do I get those? Sorry, I'm a complete noob when it comes to replacing shocks.
     
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    If I am not lifting, I can just replace the shocks with the 5100's set to 0? What is the ride quality on these. this is my pavement pounding daily driver.
     
  16. Feb 29, 2012 at 6:02 AM
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    Gonna bump my old thread here.

    Probably pulling the trigger on some 5100's soon. Question. I can use them with my stock coil springs when they are set at 0, right? And that wont lift the front or rear?
     
  17. Feb 29, 2012 at 6:29 AM
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    Correct.
     
  18. Feb 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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    For what it's worth, I had my 30k service done on my 2010 Tacoma two weeks ago, and they spotted a leak in ds front shock and replaced it under warranty. To be honest I did not question whether it was full Truck warranty or shock warranty, or even if there is a distinction. All I wanted to see is "WARR" in the price column of that line on my invoice.

    I maybe should have noticed, the shock was grimey, but it's winter here in the NE, and I don't spend much time under my truck in this weather.
     
  19. Feb 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Push down on the bumper hard and release. The truck should rebound only a time or two and settle. If it continues, your shocks are bad.
    The estimate is 85k, depending on road conditions and driving style. Shocks are not a "vehicle lifetime" item. They work very hard to dampen road iregularities. Bad shocks cause uneven tire wear, poor handling, and poor braking.
    I highly doubt the poster with 125k on his shocks has a properly functioning pair of shocks.
     
  20. May 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    Another question. If I set the billies at say 1.75, will i need to do anything else to not get vibes?
     
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