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Rear 5100s Too Compressed?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by austinramsay, May 30, 2012.

  1. May 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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    Hey guys just got my 5100s today, put them on the back and they look too compressed? I ordered them from suspension connection which says they work for no lift to 1" lift in the rear since DSM was out of stock. They ride very well but they look too compressed? Tell me what you think..

    Also will they not last as long if I leave them like this or should I get an AAL?

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  2. May 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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    the shock does look pretty compressed for it being at ride height
     
  3. May 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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    Yuma FTW ;) haha yeah thats what I thought but maybe its an excuse to get an AAL.. Lol
     
  4. May 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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    or a whole new leaf pack while your at it. Are your springs at a negative arch at this point?
     
  5. May 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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    Yeah theyre getting to the negative point already, might have to get a new pack but will it be a lot more than just getting an AAL?
     
  6. May 30, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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    I have All pro springs that run $400 new, but they seem to need more modification for them to work on your model year. But an Add-a-leaf will be in the $100 range.

    This site has different options to choose from
    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/9504tacoma.htm
     
  7. May 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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    Ill probably go with front 5100s first then save for a new pack. :cool: you think these will be okay like this? I dont want them leaking or something in a month haha
     
  8. May 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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    you should be alright if your not offroading or carrying heavy loads. but your bump stops should be protecting your shocks from bottoming out.
     
  9. May 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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    Search "Tacoma Spring refurbishing" under the suspension section. It's alot to read but if you've got the time it will proably save you a good amount of money. I'm not a wealth of knowledge but my understanding is that you can blow the shocks if you hit a speed bump or pothole too hard when they are over compressed. I would fix the rear first so you don't have to spend another $150 if those should break.
     
  10. May 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM
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    How can you say that's too compressed when you can't see the shaft?
     
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    Im going to be offroading a few times a month probably, and will be hauling dirt bikes.

    Well I'm not sure if this is how they are supposed to look or if they are over compressed. They ride great and when I push down on the back it feels firm like it should be.

    Just by the look of the boot covering the shaft, how would looking at the shaft be different?
     
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    Because you can't see how much shaft is left. The boot means nothing. You could pull that boot further down (up) the shock body and think when you have plenty of travel left.
     
  13. May 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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    So I should just measure the shaft length too see if its okay?
     
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    measure the distance of the shaft then let us know the amount its to hard to tell with the boot on
     
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    ...and compare that to the travel left to the bump stop on top of the leaf pack.

    If you have (random numbers here) 4" before the bump stop hits the frame and 6" of shaft exposed then you're good. Basically you want more shaft showing than the distance from the bumpstop to the frame.
     
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    Have about 4 1/2" from bump stop to frame and about 4" of shaft, maybe a little more like 4.2"
     
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    you actually went out in 100 degree weather to measure the shock. Ouch

    I'd try to make the bump stop at least half an inch longer to be sure your shock is safe
     
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    Lmao yeah i did.. :facepalm: How exactly would i do that? Can you buy like aftermarket ones or something?
     
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    I had the same shocks on my rear stock leafs too and they worked but I didn't like the ride so I took them off and replaced them with stock yellow TRD Bilsteins instead. Just waiting to see if I will eventually want to lift my truck or not...if I do I already have the shocks for new leaf packs.
     
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