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opinions on leveling kits

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ironman_jon, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Nov 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    ironman_jon

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    What r ur guys opinions on leveling kits with a 5100 shock set at.85
     
  2. Nov 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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    you shouldnt do it!

    just set your 5100s at 2.5
     
  3. Nov 1, 2010 at 4:21 PM
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    Yeah no point in using a leveling kit if you have the 5100's. The 5100's are a much better way to lift.
     
  4. Nov 1, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    i get where ur going with the 5100 but would it make a deference in the ride quality if i were to put a 2.5 inch leveling kit and set the shock at 0 BTW im refering to the leveling kit not the spacer so not to preload the spring
     
  5. Nov 2, 2010 at 6:42 AM
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    why would you buy a leveling kit and 5100's?
    Leveling kits are junk imo, I had one for about a month, and never could get a good alignment. not to mention a leveling kit will cost you more than a set of 5100's. So in my opinion 5100's are the only way to go. I have the 5100s currently and like them much better.
     
  6. Nov 2, 2010 at 6:43 AM
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    You'll be spending extra money to get the 5100s and a leveling kit...
     
  7. Nov 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM
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    If you have 5100's, do you just need the shock and nothing else to lift 2.5"? No spacers, no spring compressor, no nothin'?

    I have a spacer lift of about 2" that came with my truck (installed by a toyota dealer for a previous owner). If I was to buy the 5100's shock only, would it just be a R&R of the stock shock and to remove the spacer that is in there?

    Sorry to threadjack, but the answer may help the OP as well.
     
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    You would need a spring compressor to do the install. It does use your stock springs, and no spacer though.

    The spring perch has 4 different settings to preload the spring.
     
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    Do u need all 4 5100 shocks to level the taco? i have bilstines but unsure what series, doubt they are 5100..
    all i want is to level out the truck what are all my options?
    thanks..
     
  10. Feb 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    You would need an add a leaf for the rear to level. The rear 5100's do not provide lift.
     
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    4 blisten 5100's and AAL... will that downgrade ride quality?
     
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    It will make the ride stiffer...
     
  13. Feb 17, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    compared to my stock smooth ride, your saying that i will feel more bumps/vibes?
     
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    IMO the stock ride feels like an SUV. With the lift it will feel like a truck.
     
  15. Feb 17, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    come to think of it, that is true because i had a 97 taco and that felt like a truck... an old beat up one.....hahah
     
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