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My New Front Bilsteins (?)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by NYProud, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Oct 26, 2010 at 2:58 PM
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    NYProud

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    Just had a set of new Bilstein shocks/struts put on the front my 98 Taco 4x4 TRD. They seem to have raised the nose of my Taco - 1 or 2 in. higher than the old ones (although a level check shows no differene)...and they ride REALLY HARD.

    Can any of you guys tell me if this is normal for new front Bilsteins...or is something messed up ? Also, do they eventually settle down (as a friend told me)? I'm really confused.

    Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

    Chief
     
  2. Oct 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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  3. Oct 26, 2010 at 3:01 PM
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    pics would be a major help. truck over all each side spring and shock pics would be nice
     
  4. Oct 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM
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    did you do new coils too? if so what kind?
    (assuming you got 5100's) are they set at zero?
    are the coils seated properly both top and bottom?

    pics would be most helpful

    FWIW - I got about 2" of life out of my OME 881's and Bilsteins @ 0. The ride took a little getting used to but wasn't terrible like you're describing.
     
  5. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    I've heard of a defective one that didn't compress... but only 1. For you to have gotten 2 bad ones in a row... that seems unlikely.
     
  6. Oct 28, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    Do you have the regular yellow bilsteins?
    If so, it's possible to install the lower spring seat upside down on these,
    giving unwanted lift and a harsher ride.
    And yes... I learned this the hard way.
     
  7. Oct 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM
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    Thanks for the help guys - Bilsteins are the normal 2284-H1 replacements (yellow), bottom flange (seat) is on correctly. Didn't change springs. Don't have pix yet. Spoke with my shop guy who installed the shocks/struts, and he thinks the Bilsteins could be defective - over pressurized gas charge basically locking the strut (?). So at this point, unless anyone here has a clue, I'm gonna replace the Bilsteins with KYB gas-adjusts for my Taco, and see if that cures the lift and hard ride problem.

    Thanks again....Cheers....Chief :mad:
     
  8. Oct 29, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    Another thing to consider being a 1998 is maybe your old struts were so worn out it was like you were riding on jello. Did they only replace struts or did they replace springs too?
     
  9. Oct 29, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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    I have a 98 Tacoma and just put a set of Bilstein HD's on and the ride is a lot better then before. My leaf springs are in good shape though.
     
  10. Oct 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    I thought the bottom spring seats were in correctly...but after checking my repair manual...I'll be damned...they ARE put in UPSIDE DOWN! And they measure about 1-3/4 inches high!! So there's the lift problem, and the hard ride, as well. Thanks so much for the advice. Now I have to go back to the shop, and make a fool out of my shop guy! I, too, had to learn the hard way...literally.
     
  11. Oct 31, 2010 at 12:09 AM
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  12. Oct 31, 2010 at 7:04 AM
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    That wouldn't be the case if it was my local Toyota dealership that did the job - they're excellent, just EXPENSIVE. A local auto/transmission repair shop did the work, and they're reputable, so really don't expect them to try to charge me again. Thanks for the heads-up.
     
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