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RCD/Bilstein 5100 Shocks from Downsouth Motorsports?

Discussion in 'Downsouth Motorsports' started by RCNG FAN, May 3, 2008.

  1. May 3, 2008 at 1:27 PM
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    RCNG FAN

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    Hey everyone, first time poster here! I have a 2005 TRD Sport Pre Runner Double Cab with the long bed and I am finally looking at getting some new shocks, and leveling my ride while I'm at it. I just want to level it out, not lift the whole truck. I have seen many posts here about the Bilstein 5100's and how much people like them. I'm thinking that's the way to go and that I might go with the +1.75 inch setting with my stock, un-updated rear suspension.

    My question is about the ones that some people got from Downsouth Motorsports. The price is really good, but I wonder why the part numbers are different. What's the difference between the ones they sell (for Race Car Dynamics) and "regular" ones? Anything I should be aware of before purchase? How do they ride? How satisfied are you with your purchase from Downsouth? I'm thinking I will probably go with them, but just want to hear others' opinions first.


    Thanks in advance!

    Joe V in SoCal
     
  2. May 3, 2008 at 1:59 PM
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    The Billies they make for Downsouth are specifically made for them. Different #s for each side of the truck.
     
  3. May 3, 2008 at 3:31 PM
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    Downsouth is the way to go. Great prices and from what I've heard, great customer service.
     
  4. May 3, 2008 at 7:44 PM
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    4x4x4trd

    4x4x4trd My other ride weighs 200 tons

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    I ordered them there, arrived in record time in Bilstein boxes with the different #'s on the labels. I got them off E-Bay and offered less on make an offer and they took it.

    I have them on an '08 with TSB and only set them at the .85" and there is only 1.25" difference in height front to back after the rear has settled. The ride is only slightly more firm than the fleet type Bilstein's that came on the TRD OR truck but about twice the diameter and better dampening.
     
  5. May 3, 2008 at 8:17 PM
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    i was checking these out today. the guy (sonny) answered all my questions super fast, i will be ordering from them soon. i was in the local 4wheel parts place yesterday and the price was 100$ higher.
     
  6. May 4, 2008 at 8:56 AM
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    Thanks guys. Just the kind of responses I was hoping to hear!
     
  7. May 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM
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    Cool. Is there a 5100 application for non TRD 2wd Prerunnner reg cab?
     
  8. May 4, 2008 at 10:25 AM
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    The 5100s work with both PreRunner and 4x4 models. There is no difference in suspension (that I am aware of) between the Reg Cab, Access Cab, or Double Cab. You should be good to go. :cool:
     
  9. May 4, 2008 at 5:25 PM
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    Should be the same part #'s and you will like the ride.;)
     
  10. May 11, 2008 at 9:45 PM
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    My 5100's should be here tomorrow! I can't wait!

    Can anyone tell me how difficult it is to move the coils off the stock front shocks, then install them onto the new 5100 front's?? Will I need any special tools for this, or any other part of the job?

    Thanks in advance!

    Joe V.
     
  11. May 11, 2008 at 10:00 PM
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    You'll need spring compressors to remove and replace those shocks. If you've never worked with them, find someone who has. It's not worth losing a finger, a limb or your life.
     
  12. May 12, 2008 at 11:43 AM
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    you have to disconect the a-arm and sway bar to make room to get the shocks and coils out, otherwise you'll never be able to work them out of that tight space. you'll need GOOD spring compressors, especially if you put them on teh highest setting cause you have to compress the hell out of those coils to cram them into place once you move the coil seat up.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll have them professionally installed! At least the fronts. :)
     
  14. May 12, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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    i heard those springs are dangerous.
     
  15. May 13, 2008 at 4:34 PM
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    Ok, I had the fronts done today. Looks awesome!

    Now, as soon as I can find some time I will install the rears myself. :)
     
  16. May 13, 2008 at 5:11 PM
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    wait there is different ones for different sides? i thought they were both the same..
     
  17. May 13, 2008 at 5:16 PM
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    The fronts are preload adjustable. The rears are not.

    I have my fronts set at +1.75 inches. Levels out very nicely. :thumbsup:
     
  18. May 13, 2008 at 10:26 PM
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    There should be one shock a bit longer than the other one for the rear. The longer one should go on the driver's side to accommodate for the gas tank, driver and the battery.
     
  19. May 14, 2008 at 12:21 AM
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    oh thanks i had no idea, but for the front they're the same right?
     
  20. May 14, 2008 at 8:33 AM
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