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My frame is being replaced, should I replace the shocks?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by dramey, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. Feb 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    dramey

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    I posted this under the 1st gen forum and had no respone. My frame failed the inspection last week and I am looking into replacing the shocks while they have everything apart and I dont have to pay labor. They said the frame would arive in 30-60 days. I have no mechanic skills nor do I have any mechanic or suspension knowledge so I need some advice. I am looking into getting the 5100's and 5125's for my truck but I have a lot of questions. The truck is a 03 dbl cab TRD with 109k on it. I put new moto metal wheels and Wild Country 265/75/R16 MT tires on in November.

    1. I already have 2" leveling kit on my truck (because my tires were rubbing) but I dont think it would hurt for it to come up another inch so my tires have a little extra room. Do I leave the spacer on or just set the shocks to the highest level?

    2. Is it necessary to replace the coilover too? If so what should I get?

    3. Is DSW the cheapest place to purchase these items?

    4. Should I consider doing a full 3" lift? How much would that cost?

    Is there anything else I shoud consider replacing while my truck is totally apart?

    I know a lot of people on here get pissed when people ask dumb questions and I may be one of those people but I am clueless about all this.
     
  2. Feb 8, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    Not dumb at all
     
  3. Feb 9, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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    Thank you for the response. I saw on DSM website that you can choose 5100 or 5125 for the rear. Which one is best to use?

    I will probably go ahead and replace the fuel filter and I am not sure that the timing belt has been replaced so I am going to check on that. What about the water pump?
     
  4. Feb 10, 2011 at 4:56 AM
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    5100's are fine but it's your truck (not trying to tell you what to get). They will accommodate up to 2" of lift in the rear. Typically the water pump is done with the timing belt since the pump has to come off to get to the belt.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    I really appreciate the response. I am going to order the 5100's tomorrow. Last question and I will leave you alone. To keep my tires from rubbing do I have to set it on the highest setting or will the middle setting work? My tires are 265/75/R16. I want to keep the truck as level as possible.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    They won't rub being 265's at any setting. The shock height isn't the determining factor, the wheel BS and tire width are. You are good to go.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    My tires rubbed when I turned before I added the 2" spacer. So what should I set them at to level the truck?
     
  8. Feb 10, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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    They were probably hitting the mudflap. You only have three settings on those shocks; 0, 1.25, and 2.5. The 1.25 should get you close in a stock rear
     
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