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Rear Air Shocks for '99 Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ella, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. Jan 23, 2023 at 7:42 AM
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    Ella

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    Hello, I recently bought a nice '99, two wheel drive, small engine, Tacoma and want to replace the rear shocks. I was looking for air shocks but I can't find any labeled for that use. Does anyone know if there's Monroe or Gabriel, etc. part that will work?

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  2. Jan 23, 2023 at 8:09 AM
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    What is your end game?

    You might look into air bags ,air shocks are not really made to handle that much weight

    Why air shocks and not springs if your springs are worn out?
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2023 at 4:00 PM
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    Looking to be able to adjust the ride for various rides and loads. I've heard air bags bounce without a load. Heavy duty leaf springs are an option I've used before, but I am hoping there is a cheaper route. I wouldn't think weight would be a problem if I can find something that fits. Anyone know?
     
  4. Jan 23, 2023 at 4:04 PM
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    Buy a good shock for the rear, Bilstien 4600 or KYB Gas-a-just

    Then buy these. Cheap, will ride great and won't squat when loaded up.

    https://youtu.be/RvmCXbNNKRM
     
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    Thanks. I know there are a bunch of options. Will keep that one in mind.

    I really am interested in a narrow question: has anyone found quality factory--Monroe, Gabriel, etc.--rear air shocks that will fit a '99 Tacoma? I can't find any listed for that use, but sometimes something made for something else is a perfect fit, you know?
     
  6. Jan 23, 2023 at 4:51 PM
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    OP buy Air shocks of the length you need !

    Make custom mounting brackets to adopt them to your truck.
     
  7. Jan 23, 2023 at 5:01 PM
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    10-4. Probably will happen. Just checking there's not an off the shelf option available. I don't know of one but thought I'd check the vast database of the internet.
     
  8. Jan 23, 2023 at 5:28 PM
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    Ella, after 17 years or so I replaced my rear shocks with KYBs. I'm not sure if you'd consider them "factory quality" or not. To me, they seem as good as the originals that were on there although I doubt they'll last as long. I admit however, that as mine is only a 2003 2.4 2WD I don't have the experience with shocks or offroading that maybe makes you more aware of how these things handle that folks in 4WDs probably do. These should be the same as what you'd need but I don't know the differences in the same generation as well as others here. As far as I'm concerned, they work, and they were cheap and so far they're lasting. Nuf said.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2023 at 5:23 PM
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    RoscoeTT

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    I have 4600's with Ride rite to help with the shell and a plywood platform. Even with that weight its still a rough ride and I hate it when hitting any bump in the road, unless its a snail pace. Hope you find an air bag that does better!
     
  10. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:32 PM
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    Like was suggested check out street truck forums
     
  11. Jan 25, 2023 at 2:14 AM
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    You're talking budget shocks. Every recommendation on this forum will first point you to BILSTEIN 4600s or 5100s to start with.
    The only air option would be bags.
     

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