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need advice on bilsteins 5100's

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by j1999t, Aug 22, 2009.

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What should i set my bilstein 5100's to?

Poll closed Oct 21, 2009.
  1. stock 0"

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. 0.85"

    3 vote(s)
    8.1%
  3. 1.75"

    14 vote(s)
    37.8%
  4. 2.5"

    20 vote(s)
    54.1%
  1. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:17 PM
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    j1999t

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    hey all, ive got the front and rear bilstein 5100's on the way, from downsouthmotorsports, cant wait to get them installed, i would like to have a pretty smooth ride, but i cant figure out what to set the front struts to, i dont have the rear tsb, but if i have to, i will buy an add-a-leaf from wheelers offroad, i am not sure if i want a spacer just yet to fix the tacoma lean, but other than that, just i need all of your opinions on what i should set them to...

    thanks
     
  2. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    Set them @ 1.75 and later when you get the aal set them @ 2.5" thats what i would do.
     
  3. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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    j1999t

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    how will they ride at 1.75? what do i need to worry about when i raise the front?
     
  4. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM
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    If you get the AAL, go 2.5''. If not, 1.75. :)

    EDIT: I agree with socalman22. :eek:
     
  5. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    im not worrying about the aal until i see if it sags too much, normally i have one or two 60 pound sandbags in the bed... for traction

    but how will it ride at 1.75?
     
  6. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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    It'll ride just fine. :)
     
  7. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM
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    I would install the 5100's all around and set the front to 1.75. Then I would take it in for the TSB. Take advantage of the included alignment that comes with the TSB.
     
  8. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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  9. Aug 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM
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    i cant take it in for the tsb, the truck is over 3 years old and over 36000 miles
     
  10. Aug 22, 2009 at 10:52 PM
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  11. Aug 22, 2009 at 10:58 PM
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    How hard is it to change the height setting. Like redoing the lift or just a few nuts and bolts.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2009 at 11:06 PM
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    You have to compress the coil again and readjust the shock to 2.5.
     
  14. Aug 22, 2009 at 11:31 PM
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    This is 2.5.....Nothing in the back all stock!!!!

    5100's 1 - Copy.jpg
     
  15. Aug 22, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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    im worried about stress on my front cv axles, uca's, brake lines, as i have a double cab short bed... im gonna have the ability to change them, i have access to a shop that will let me do my work for free, i might start with 1.75 and see what i like
     
  16. Aug 22, 2009 at 11:38 PM
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    can anyone school me on bilstein 5100s ? what to do gain by having them all around vs just in front ? where is the best place to buy them ? and is it something you would suggest getting for the money or is there something else money is better spent on ?
     
  17. Aug 22, 2009 at 11:41 PM
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    best place to buy-from sonny at downsouthmotorsports.com

    use the code BIL0509

    i would suggest it for 282.99 (that includes tax and shipping)

    u gain a lot more stability, a much better ride, and your truck will feel better all around
     
  18. Aug 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM
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    i just ordered mine from sonny and they came last tuesday.....a lift and four very good shocks for 280 delivered.......pretty tuff to beat!!!!!!!!!!
     
  19. Aug 23, 2009 at 12:41 AM
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    well on my loan for my truck i included a extra $500 that i was going to use for some winter tires when that time comes around, or should i pick up 4 of these shocks to go all around ? and what lift height on these things do you suggest if the shocks are all im adding onto the tacoma ?
     
  20. Aug 23, 2009 at 12:49 AM
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    I like a slight front rake myself, so I'll fly solo on the .85 vote for now....:eek:

    Gonna go .85 when I eventually get mine. This also keeps it looking good when you get a little load in the back.....from what I've seen in my researching anyway....
     
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