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installing bilstein 5100's front and rear today, need advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by j1999t, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Aug 26, 2009 at 5:33 AM
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    j1999t

    j1999t [OP] Well-Known Member

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    hey all, just got my bilstein 5100's front adjustables and rear shocks from sonny and downsouthmotorsports.com, everything that he said would come, came, which makes me very happy:)

    now for the fun part, i dont have, nor cannot get the tsb for my rear suspension, so therefore i dont have an aal, or anything other than bone stock, what should i set my fronts to?

    i was thinking 0.85, cause once in a while, especially when winter comes in colorado, i will have about 120 pounds of sandbags in the bed, which may or may not make the rear end sag

    i am not sure if i plan to get a new leaf pack (that would be preferable) or just an aal or helper spring, but if i do, i know .85 will not be enough

    also, im wondering, even tho i have guides on how to install them from tacomaworld and toyotanation and alldata (mechanics resource), what else do i need to know in order to install them?

    thanks all
    and thanks sonny!
     
  2. Aug 26, 2009 at 5:40 AM
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    good luck with your install! if you want your truck to sit level, you'll for sure need to take before measurements and then decide what setting to make the front. also, don't forget to have an alignment done after your install and post before and after pics!
     
  3. Aug 26, 2009 at 5:41 AM
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    Rear Leaf Spring TSB, Front Bilstein 5100's set to 1.75, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/75/R16 tires, Black WeatherTech Floor Liners, aFe Pro Dry S air filter, lighted 4x4 switch......
    When you take the castle nut off for disconnecting the upper control arm leave the nut on level with the end of the bolt so you have a flat surface to hammer on for seperating the two apart. When it breaks loose from hammering, then take the nut completely off. This will help you from screwing up the threads. Good luck!
     
  4. Aug 26, 2009 at 5:43 AM
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    thanks, simon2150!

    i will try to make measurements, should i install the rear shocks first and then measure? and alignment will come, i have from about 5:00-10:00 tonight to get it done, in an automotive class, so if i cant do my alignment today, ill do it tomorrow
     
  5. Aug 26, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    The rear shocks don't provide any lift, that's the job of the leaf springs. I believe the stock rake is about 1.5" so if you set your front shocks to 1.75" you will be a little nose high. If you set them to .85", then you will have a little less rake than stock. I would add an AAl to the rear for an additional 1" and then the front to 1.75". This would give you a little rake plus additional lift all around.
     
  6. Aug 26, 2009 at 8:47 AM
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    lanninja is right, you're not going to get any lift from the rear shocks. you need an aal or a new leaf pack to get lift. there are other rear lift options as well, but the more popular ones here are the aal or new leaf pack.
     
  7. Aug 26, 2009 at 9:29 AM
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    ok, it looks like ill go with .85, just cause i am waiting on purchasing the leaf springs, and can always go back and tear the front apart to reset them
     
  8. Aug 26, 2009 at 9:40 AM
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    My front end measured at about 34" and the rear was about 37". I set the front at 1.75" and now the from measures just under 37". The truck sits level with the bed unloaded.

    As for seperating the upper control arm, it was an easier task for me to seperate the steering linkage. Both have castle nut and pin to hold them. You have to seperate at least one to get the strut assembly out.

    Compressing your springs to replace with the new billy's is a bitch. If you don't know what you're doing, I suggest you take it to a shop to be swapped. If you do know what you're doing and have a strut spring compressor, it can be done at home.

    I highly recommend power tools to get the job done quickly but it can be done with just regular tool also. As soon as you remove the front tires, you will have a pretty good idea of what needs to be disconnected for the install.

    And last, don't over torque the wheel studs. For me, it seems like Toyota's have weak wheel studs. I've only broken them on Toyota's.

    btw, it's easier to do add a leafs than to reset the front billy's to a different height. I suggest you set them at the 1.75 and do an add a leaf later on if it's not level.
     
  9. Aug 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM
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    so you already finished? pics!!
     
  10. Aug 26, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    Here's what it looks like set at 1.75".

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