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Is there a difference?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by taco1234, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM
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    taco1234

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    These are two kits from downsouth and the prices are different but i dont know why. the only difference i see is "RCD/Bilstein" on the bottom one. Can anyone
    explain?

    Toyota Tacoma 2wd Pre Runner & 4wd 2005-2012 Bilstein 5100 Series Front Ride Height Adjustable
    Price: $209.99
    Sale: $199.99

    Toyota Tacoma 2wd Pre Runner & 4wd 2005-2012 RCD/Bilstein 5100 Series Front Ride Height Adjustable
    Price: $209.99
    Sale: $172.99
     
  2. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM
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    Top has a movable collar with only 3 positions and the bottom have a threaded collar.
     
  3. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    ooooooh... wouldnt the threaded be better?
     
  4. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    Well if you want 2.3476 inches of lift on one side and 2.45673 on the other then yeah it would be better.:D
     
  5. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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    hmmm good point thanks.:rolleyes:
     
  6. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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  7. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    Really? Damn. I thought they were threaded vs slotted.
     
  8. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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    hmmm... interesting.... so if i buy the cheaper ones will i be disappointed?
     
  9. Jun 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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    I would check with Marco from DSM....those are essentially the same thing but one is made specifically for a company called RCD (Race Car Dynamics)!

    The RCD one's do not have a threaded collar that I can tell, they still have the c-clip with the 3 different settings! RCD makes the 4" drop bracket lifts and bilstein makes a longer rear 5100 shock for them....that's what I'm running!

    Also, each truck is different so having the ability to fine tune the lift is nice.....hence a coilover shock!
     
  10. Jun 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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    This comes up ALL THE TIME....we have made attempts to put the info here on TW in various threads, but a search doesn't always take you right to the correct post.

    Here is the real deal...

    We have posted pictures in our TW member gallery of the shocks side by side, boxes and all. Other than the 'RCD' labeling on the RCD shocks, there is no way to tell the difference. Even the hardware bag numbers are identical.

    As far as what we have been told, there is a slight variance in the valving, but neither Bilstein nor RCD will say what the actual difference is. Per RCD the valving difference is so minor, there is no noticeable difference when driving the vehicles. Unofficially...I guess there had to be a certain change in valving in order for RCD's private label deal to happen.

    We buy the RCD shocks at a cheaper cost, and as such we pass along all the savings to you guys. If anyone feels the 'Bilstein' valving is worth paying the extra money for -by all means, they are listed on our site, and a discount code is still available for you guys to use on them; but the RCD shocks will still be cheaper, until they raise their price.

    As always, if anyone has any questions feel free to contact us...

    Thank you,
    -Marco @ DSM
     
  11. Jun 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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    Oops, forgot to address this: No, definitely neither of the Tacoma 5100s on our site has a threaded adjuster.

    -Marco
     
  12. Jun 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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    That is what they told me too when I bought them.
     
  13. Jun 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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