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Old Man Emu setups on 1st gens

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kyle39, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Jan 28, 2022 at 6:42 AM
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    ijm01PR

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    Ome 881s w/ 5100s and jba ucas 2” pro comp AAL with 5100s in the rear
    I ran a spacer lift on my first 01 I owned and it was a cheap option. A lot of people frown on them but if it’s just to level on a budget and if you aren’t wheeling hard, they work fine imo.

    honestly you will be fine with the 881s and the dakars, you should sit pretty good. I wouldn’t worry about it.
     
  2. Mar 23, 2022 at 2:39 PM
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    Hi, Noob here.

    I'm looking to upgrade my suspension on a 150k, 04 prerunner Xtra cab. Will add rock sliders and bigger tires at some point. Just weekend trips to the mountains and the occasional off-road. Besides travel gear the only load in the back is usually doggo and (future) partner if she misbehaves.
    • Would the basic OME 881 kit do?
    • What's the best price I can get on these and where to install in CA? Im willing to wait. Thanks in advance amigo/as
     
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    I just picked up a 2004 ExtraCab TRD Offroad 4x4 and it has a full OME setup on it with nitrochargers but it rides like a dang lumber wagon. Like way rougher than a 1 ton. 881 coils up front with SPC uppers and Dakar medium load leaf springs in the rear. Otherwise stock weight. Setup has 28,000 miles on it so surely it has settled. Do they all ride that bad or is something up with it? Thoughts appreciated.
     
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    I got 880 with Nitrochargers and they are super smooth especially over bumps.
     
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    I'd make a trip out of it, explore southern Oregon.
     
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    Lots of comments in what peeps have installed, but not much on how they ride either street or off-road…
    I’ve ordered 5100s all around and EMU 2881 springs soon to be installed.
    4x4 V6 with a tube bumper and a winch, 2” lift.
    I’m looking for a smoother ride on small bumps more than anything.
     
  10. Mar 26, 2022 at 8:15 PM
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    5100 are digressive shocks so they don't handle small bumps well especially on washboard types of road. They will feel harsher and stiffer. I believe the OME shocks are linear shocks which do much better.

    If you mainly drive on the street, the 5100 is fine. I think why they got so popular is because those people don't offroad or do it much. I've used bilstein in multiple street vehicles in the past and they are always harsh on uneven roads. I would go OME before Bilstein if the vehicle is used offroad more. However, you can't beat the price of the bilstein shocks.
     
  11. Mar 26, 2022 at 11:11 PM
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    6112's up front and the OME/Dakar leaf springs in the rear. Too high in the back. I wish it was about 1-1.5" lower in the rear so it would sit level. I don't care for the rake.

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  12. Mar 27, 2022 at 7:02 AM
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    We’ll I hope they’re better than original shocks, and better than what I have which look to be original struts with a spacer lift up front.
    I like to occasionally do some light off-road but really looking for a better street ride.
     
  13. Mar 29, 2022 at 12:37 PM
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    My '04 isn't a total OME swap; 881's with a Wheeler's 3 leaf added pack over stock leaves (leafs?) and Billstein 5100 front and back. I retained the stock overload spring. Definitely taller, but I didn't measure. 235/85-16's. This is loaded about 7 of 10 day surf trip so the water/cooler/beer/firewood is less than what I started with. There's still plenty of weight in gear, tools and make your self comfortable in the desert stuff. I pour the fuel in as soon as I can and strap the empty gas cans to the top of the shell. (Paint sucks on it anyway.) It's still about 1000 lbs of crapola. It's amazing how fast it adds up. I've only used the 5100's since the TRD ones died. I like them on road where I (& most of us) do the vast majority of the mileage. While they are a bit stiff on the washboard when the truck is empty, the truck has enough tire to compensate by airing down. Loaded down on the g-outs the shock/spring combo's handle pretty well. The cost/ride compromise works for me. Most of the time on a Baja coastal track it's better to slow down; driving fast rips the roads apart (locals aren't stoked), it's easy to spill your bevie and I'm too far from anything to walk out for help.Truck Resize jpeg.jpg
     
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    I have a good deal of rake from my ARB bumper and winch on a single cab. I am wanting to get it back to level, the rear is 2" higher than the front. Do you think 881s and 5100s on the lowest setting will cause it to level back out or sag?
     
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    We’ll turns out they are a lot better. Very happy!
     
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    Question so my sons 2002 Dbl cab has 5100's with 881 springs and it rides kinda rough. If i change over to ome shocks will it ride smoother?
     
  17. Apr 23, 2022 at 10:48 AM
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    Stock bumper etc up front?
     
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