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Need help choosing new shocks

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JTacoma, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Sep 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    JTacoma

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    Hi, my 1995 Tacoma is in need of new shocks and struts and I don't know what to buy. Right now the ride is rough. Hitting bumps in the road with my truck feels very harsh and the same bumps are barely noticable in other trucks I've driven. I think that they are the original shocks and struts.

    I want a fairly smooth ride with the new shocks but not too soft. Most of my driving is city driving but I do go offroad a couple times a month. Which shocks do you reccomend? I don't plan on lifting my truck right away but it is an option later down the road. A lot of people like the Bilstein 5100s. Would they ride nice even with no lift? What about Rancho or Monroe? Would I need an alignment with new shocks?

    Thank you for the help.
     
  2. Sep 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    Konaborne

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    I say 5100's

    Even lifted, they ride better than stock because of how theyre valved, and theyre a great price too!

    Also, if you dont set the front to lift, you will not need an alignment for just a shock swap.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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    mlittle

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    I put Bilstein 5100s on mine and I like the way it rides - nice and smooth. My leaf springs were getting bad, so I added an AAL at the same time. You may want to add an AAL to keep the back end level if you go with the 5100s. After you do any suspension work, you'll want to get an alignment.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM
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    JTacoma

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    How are the Rancho Quick lift shocks compared to the Bilstein 5100s? The Ranchos have 9 height positions and the Bilsteins only have 3. Are the 9 positions for ride quality more than lift? Has anyone had any experience with these?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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    jberry813

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    Rancho's blow. Get the Billys if that's you're price point.
     
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