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Improve ride quality

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by willimatic, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    I have done some research and came up with a few ideas. I prefer my truck to sit level although not mandatory. I just want an overall better ride.

    So, I was thinking of adding 5100's all around originally. Then I decided, maybe I should add new springs to the front as well? Have heard good things about OME. Then thought, maybe I should add an AAL to the rear?

    So, my question is, what would 5100's upfront set at 0 with OME springs due to the front of the truck height wise? I don't want to have to add UCA's or anything. My main concern is ride quality.

    And same with rear, will 5100's and a AAL require any brake line stuff etc.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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    A 2" AAL wont require new brake lines, and the OME 884's on your truck should yeild about 2.5" lift.
     
  3. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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    If your main concern is ride quality, dont mess with springs and an AAL. Go with 5100s set at .85. It will be close to level if you still have the factory 3leaf rear. Ride quality was better than factory on mine with this setup.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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    2.5, wow. Mmm, wonder then if it would look dumb with stock rims and tire size?

    Will that amount of life require anything with UCAs etc.?
     
  5. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Yes, have the factory 3leaf rear. I've thought about this option many times! How did the rear end change feel wise to you with this set up. Mine rear end feels so harsh when going over bumps and what not.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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    I'd personally go with 5100 all the way around with Eibach springs. Leave them set at 0, keep the 3 leafs and call it a day.

    *edit* Wait. I forgot how much lift Eibachs give with billys set at 0. Someone pls remind me.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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    Yeah, could someone fill me in on the above about Eibachs and lift amount?
     
  8. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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    I think its 1.6".
     
  9. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    Ok. I think with the stock 3leaf rear that will make me nose high? Do you have this set up?
     
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    Actually, I think it would level you out.

    I have 5100s with Eibachs, but I have mine set at .85 with 2" aal.
     
  11. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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  12. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    How is your ride with that? Do you have aftermarked rims and tires? Any pics?
     
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    The ride is awesome. I had a spacer lift on my last truck and this truck rides like a Cadillac compared to it.


    [​IMG]
     
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    The Eibach springs are supposed to be 1.6" of lift but people have reported closer to 2" in some cases. You'd be fine with stock UCA's but would probably want to do something out back to help out because you'll probably be a little nose high.
     
  15. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    Anyone know the difference between Eiback and OME as far as ride for just street driving?
     
  16. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    I've heard Eibachs are better suited for street driving although I have no personal experience with the OME coils. The Eibachs are supposedly designed to work with the 5100's also where as the OME's are supposed to be paired with their own shocks.
     
  17. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    I beleive the Eibachs have a spring rate of #620 and OME springs have #590 spring rate.

    i've rode on both and couldnt tell a difference. i personally have OME springs with 5100's set at .85 and it rides a lot better then stock.
     
  18. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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  19. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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    Why the hell would I buy a car if I bought my Tacoma? Just because you want to improve your ride quality doesn't mean I'm not trying to have a truck, or don't want a truck ride.

    Why mod a lot of shit in our trucks when you can get it stock in other vehicles, that's like saying you want Nav or HIDs or leather so go buy a car that has it already.

    If you don't want to contribute to this thread like the other helpful people have so far, why bother posting stupid crap!
     
  20. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    Do the 5100's all round , set the fronts at .85 , don't get an AAL or the TSB springs .

    That's the best you can do to keep a plush ride .

    Haters gonna hate , don't worry about it
     
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