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New shocks/U bolts

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jblair, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Apr 2, 2011 at 11:38 PM
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    So we've got a 99 tacoma, and we're going to flip the u bolts with the rock stomper u bolt flip kit, and mount the shocks on the top of the bolts because that's just how the kit works, http://www.parksoffroad.com/tacomamods/rockstomperuboltflip/rockstomper.htm see?

    The truck has a 2 inch lift and we're getting new rear shocks too. My question is what shocks should we get for this situation? Preferably 100 bucks or less each, so nothing ridiculous, but some travel would be nice too
     
  2. Apr 3, 2011 at 7:06 AM
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    Remove your old shocks and articulate the suspension in a controlled environment to determine how much compression and extension your particular setup will allow BEFORE you order or buy your shocks.This can be accomplished by parking on a level surface, removing the rear shocks and jacking up one side of your truck until the tire comes off the ground. (Make sure the truck is properly jacked and braced for safety.) Measure the distance from the center of the lower shock mount (on the raised side of the vehicle) to the center of the upper shock mount. This is your extension measurement.Now measure the same distance on the opposite side of the vehicle. Even though you have one side jacked up, the other side is not necessarily fully compressed, so you have to compensate for this. Measure the distance between the lower and upper bump-stops and subtract this distance from the mount-to-mount measurement you just recorded. This will approximate your compression measurement.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM
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    ok but I can't find compression/extension numbers for anything, so what can I do with these numbers?
     
  4. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    some sites tell you what their shocks are compressed and extended. the difference in compression/extension measurements is the travel you need. what shocks are you lookin into getting.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    well I'd like to get some bilsteins because I know how good they are, but it depends on pricing for what we need
     
  6. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    whats your measurements?
     
  7. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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    I'll let you know as soon as I can, we haven't gotten a chance to work on it much lately, but we should be able to before next weekend
     
  8. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    all pro's website shows the extended/compressed measurements for the billys,so whenever you get your numbers you can check er out.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    +1 what i was going to add. plus they sell the bad ass 5150s for only a 100 bucks!
     
  10. Apr 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    cool but how should I measure everything with the u bolt flipped, because we haven't done that yet and I don't want to be running around without dampeners haha
     
  11. Apr 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    just mock it up,see where the mount will be with the flip kit in place and adjust your measurements accordingly
     
  12. Apr 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    The problem is that's what smart people do, and stupid people don't think of that right away haha
     
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    Where in Colorado are you?
     
  14. Apr 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    Monument, about ten minutes from mt herman rd:)
     
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    never been to mt.herman, I always forget about it. lol
     
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    go up there and go down 320c and 318, they're great trails where are you?
     
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    Check out Downsouth Motorsports. A lot of shock knowhow there. That is their specialty. Give Marco a call, he'll answer all your questions. He'll also give you a discount if you tell him you are on TW.

    If you scroll down this page a bit, you'll the compressed/extended lengths available for the 5125 Bilsteins. Very reasonable at $80 each.

    http://downsouthmotorsports.com/i-135588-bilstein-5125-series-performance-shocks.html
     
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    Will do for sure, thanks
     
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