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OEM Shock replacement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Shikkapow, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Jan 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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    Shikkapow

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    I posted in the wrong forum earlier
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/69738-diy-2001-shock-replacement-help.html

    And figured I might get the correct coverage here when it comes to replacement shocks.
    Daily driver 2.7Ltr, minimal off road, stock height truck. I want to pretty much replace what I have.
    Any particular brand I should avoid? I am away from home and unless I can get it by Saturday I have to rely on a auto parts store. I know they stock Rancho's and other brands at Advance auto.

    Im a dumbass for waiting since I knew I would be in VA, and once I go back to LA, I wont have the time or the tools to do it and it'll run me $$$ to have someone else do it.

    Any thoughts on brands/ models?

    I found Gabriels in stock, but never heard of them
    Front
    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/ca...splayName=Suspension+&+Steering&parentId=46-0

    Rear

    http://http://www.autozone.com/autozone/catalog/parts/partsProduct.jsp?itemIdentifier=228544_0_7413_&skuDescription=Gabriel+Ultra+/+Shock/Strut+-+Rear&brandName=Gabriel+Ultra&displayName=Shock/Strut+-+Rear&categoryNValue=&sortType=&store=1040&isSearchByPartNumber=&fromWhere=&fromString=&counter=2&itemId=661-0&navValue=14600661&filterByKeyWord=&productId=228544&searchText=&categoryDisplayName=Suspension+%26+Steering&parentId=46-0


    I also found some KYB's and I have heard some decent things about them

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jan 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Actually, when I lifted my Dodge Power Wagon 30 some years ago, the lift kit was from a new company called "Rancho" (you may have heard of them) & their still around, it came with 4 Gabriel Racing adjustable "E" series shocks (I added 4 more later I liked them so much) So I can vouche for them, KYB's are good, I think they were the first Gas charged positive/negative dampening shocks on the market, but may I ask why not OEM Bilstiens ? Since you want to just replace them. Stay away from Monroe (if they are still around) Always was a weak shock with a pretty wrapper to hide the shitty valve dampening rod not to mention they had the crappiest seals in the buisiness. Back in the day, you pretty much had 2 choices for susp. kits & shocks, the Rancho was my choice because the other one was from "Dick-watch-it-break" Cepek & the Rough Country brand that looked awesome (All pretty with gloss black & yellow shock tubes, but don't confuse it with a Bilstien because of the color) The Rough country shock was great for the first few times out but like clockwork,the first time they really had a little work out, I swear there wasn't one around that didn't blow the seals & slobber & drool Hydraulic fluid all over hell, leaving your rig to bounce around like a fucking pogo stick ,the springs were waaay to soft & wouldn't hold an arc either & contrary to what some say THE ROUGH COUNTRY SHOCK WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A MONROE SHOCK minus the dust shield w/an inferior valve body, plus was way more expensive than the Rancho susp lift & a hell of a lot weaker in design.....go with the OEM BILLY's they're not that expensive & Bilstiens have proven themselves.... Just my opinion Bro'.....:cool:

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  3. Jan 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM
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    ranchos.. i think Ive heard of them. :)

    probably going to go that route
    thanks!
     
  4. Jan 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    Lots of choices but I am having the stock shocks (F/R) during my frame swap because if the dealer does it, future parts and labor is free.
     
  5. Jan 15, 2010 at 12:09 AM
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    Avoid the KYB Monomax shocks like the plague, they ride as stiff as hell, you'll feel every little bump on the road. Had those on for 2 weeks and couldn't stand them. Got the Bilstein HD shocks.... much better ride.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2010 at 5:49 AM
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    Get billys
     
  7. Jan 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    Yup. Bilsteins. Great shocks.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2010 at 8:20 AM
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    I guess it all depends on what you're after, I purposely got the Mono's because I wanted a tighter ride. I like em!
     
  9. Jan 15, 2010 at 8:43 AM
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    I have the Bilsteins and they are a bit stiffer than stock ( set at the highest setting). How much "tighter" are the KYB Monomax than Bilstein?
     
  10. Jan 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM
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    I had the HD's before this, replaced them at 4 years. I can't say what the difference between new HD's and new Mono's is because I can't remember what my HD's were like new, but the Mono's are good for me. Possibly because I have a cap on the back and carry around close to 300lbs all the time, so I can see them being maybe too stiff for an unloaded bed.
     
  11. Jan 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM
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    I'm comparing the Billy HDs to the KYB Monomax shocks and the KYBs are VERY STIFF. The Billys ride like a Cadillac compared to the KYBs.
     
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