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Newbie needs advice (I know, shocker right?)

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by qbert, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Mar 21, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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    qbert

    qbert [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I finally bought out my lease on my 08 Taco and want to start fixing her up and made a couple half thought through mods and wanted to know what direction I should go next. I have the stock Bilstein shocks that come on the 08 TRD Sport with a Velocity Off-Road 3" front billet coil spacer lift on the front and a rear leveling block along with some 32" Toyo Open Country A/T tires. Nothing else has been done to the suspension and I think I need to do more. So my question is, what would be the next logical step? After the fact, I've read that spacers/blocks are not the way to go and am thinking I need to make a change right there. Thoughts/opinions? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 21, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    woody6047

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    I just changed from a spacer and add a leaf.

    I went with Icon extended travel Coilovers and a new leaf pack. The ride is great compared to the spacers and the rear leafs handle weight alot better.
     
  3. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    wolfdog2314

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    Are you satisfied with the quality of the ride? If you don't mind it, and don't do much off roading... Leave it.

    If you'd like a much better ride and better off road performance...

    Look into new coilovers such as icon, king, toytec, and SAW.

    If you don't want to pay big bucks for high performance coilovers look into: Bilstsein 5100's, eibach coils, OME lifts.

    In the back you can replace the block with an add a leaf.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    qbert

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    To be honest...the ride is a little lacking. I do anywhere from 2-4 week long camping trips a year where we do some off-roading and I'd like to do more with the right setup. While I don't have a problem putting out the money for a higher end product, I want to maximize my return on investment. It seems a lot of people think the more economical option (Bilstein 5100's, etc.) are the best value for your dollar, but really...how big is the difference from 5100's to coilovers like Icon, King, or Toytec? Is it a large enough difference to justify the added expense?
     
  5. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM
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    krimson

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    If you don't mind spending the $$$ you could go buy the Toyotec Old Man Emu 3" lift and a Dakar leaf pack and you're questions are always welcomed here. We all were noobs at one point... and im still one.
     
  6. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    The great thing about the high end products like Icon, King, Fox, etc... is they are rebuildable. If they every start leaking take them off and send them off... or just do it yourself if you know how. I know its 75$ a shock if you send your icons back to them. I dont know about 5100's i have never had them, but i know my Icons are adjustable and really easy to do. I was amazed at the night and day difference between my Spacer and the Icons. Once again, i cant speak for 5100's because ive never had them or drivin in a truck that had them.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2011 at 4:04 AM
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    qbert

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    Alright, so I think after doing quite a bit of research I've narrowed down the direction I want to go with my suspension: 1) RCD 4" lift and Deaver leaf pack OR 2) King Coilover RR, King Rear Shocks RR, Camburg/TC UCA. I have a brand new set of 32" Open Country A/T 255/75r17 tires that I'll be using so fit shouldn't be an issue with either until its time to get new ones. While I love the look of the larger lift with the RCD, the lower clearance really bothers me for some reason. Not to mention, the RCD comes with Bilstein shocks with no option for coilovers. So it seems my decision is do I go with the better performer with the King coilover setup or do I go with the RCD that I find more aestheticly pleasing? DECISIONS, DECISIONS!
     
  8. Apr 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM
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    wolfdog2314

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    I'd go with the kings.

    And I say that because I think the 32 inch tires would be too small on the RCD.
     
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