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Lifespan of stock struts?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by VTDave, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Jun 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    VTDave

    VTDave [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering how many miles/years 2nd gen owners have been getting out of their stock strut set-up before replacing?

    The longevity of struts has always been a mystery to me. I've had cars where the factory struts only last ~60k before leaking or failing the bounce test. Now, on another car, the stock (Bilstein HD!) front struts lasted 220k miles.

    I'm at 5 years/65k miles into Tacoma ownership.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. Jun 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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    Silver06Taco

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    My rear stock Bilstein's lasted about 70k. I replaced them about 2 months ago. I think the fronts are about done also. I'm starting to hear the same noise as I was in the rear. I'm almost at 75k now.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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    VTDave

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    What noise signaled the death of your struts?
     
  4. Jun 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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    When I went over any type of bump it sounded like I had something in the bed that was going airborne and then dropping hard or possibly bottoming out which wasn't the case. I could make the noise myself by pushing up and down on the rear bumper also. When I took them off there was absolutely no compression in one of them.

    I think I had posted something about it on here when I was trying to figure out what the noise was. I'll have to look.
    Here's my original post...LINK...and it was 8 months ago. Gesh...seems like yesterday.
     
  5. Jun 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    05Moose

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    Depends on your driving (doing a lot of off-roading?). I spent most of my 5 1/2 years (88K miles) on the highway. I knew they were shot from the extra bouncing on large bumps/dips on the freeway. Would hit a dip, bounce up, bounce down, and then back to normal. It's been like this for at least a couple of years. With the 5100's now, hit the dip and bounce up to normal. That's probably the easiest way to tell. I also remember someone saying they tested out stock shocks on other vehicles and found that they lost 50 percent of their ability within the first year or two. So I will say, you probably need them by now. And I have no idea if the SR5 shocks wear out faster than the TRD shocks.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    I just replaced all 4 of my SR5 shocks at 106k miles. No reason, but I thought it was about time for some new ones, and Sonny had a good deal on 5100's :D
     
  7. Jun 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    Crom

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    Great thread. Thanks. :)
     
  8. Jun 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM
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    Fortech

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    My front TRD Billys leaked out at around 30K miles. Rear waited until 70K or so until they died.
     
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