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recommendation for new rear shocks

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JimIowa, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Mar 12, 2019 at 5:01 AM
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    my '07 is having the frame replacement and I will be supplying new rear shocks to the dealership. Installed with Zero labor cost. I do not have any special lift on my truck. Any recommendations on what shocks I should purchase. Online won't likely arrive in time, so something that I can purchase at AutoZone or NAPA, etc.. Thanks for the help. I am a truck newbie with stuff like this.
     
  2. Mar 12, 2019 at 5:51 AM
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    I wouldn't buy a substandard shock locally just to get free installation. Shock replacement is a 30 minute job, that you can do in your driveway. I would order the shocks you want, and if they get there in time fine. If not, do it yourself. Since they just had your original shocks off, everything will come apart for easily. If you are unsure, you might even find a helpful TW reader to come over, sit on a stool, and drink a beer while you do the work.
     
  3. Mar 12, 2019 at 6:17 AM
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    Stock truck, go for Bilstein 5100s w expedited shipping..
     
  4. Mar 12, 2019 at 6:24 AM
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    Anyways, I do agree that you should steer away with having to buy shocks that will likely perform equal or less than the stock shocks already on your truck. As stated above, order your desired rear shocks. If they don't arrive on time, you can easily pop them on yourself with basic tools (to the point where putting your truck on stands and removing the wheels aren't necessary).
     
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  5. Mar 12, 2019 at 6:44 AM
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    How many miles on the truck? The reason I ask is that if you have over about 80,000 miles on the fronts, they should be replaced too. As for what to put on, what kind of driving do you do?
     
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    Fox 2.0 0-1.5 , They prefer to cut the OE shocks off saving them just about an impossible job of removing them and saving them . I think its more like they replace what they break swapping the frame so get the customer to buy the shocks instead of them . More money in their pocket.. Rear is stiff enough with out throwing 5100's in the mix
     
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  7. Mar 12, 2019 at 8:28 AM
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    Rears (to my knowledge may be original). I am the 3rd owner. 130,000 miles. Front struts were replaced at 114,000 miles due to my son's unauthorized "off roading" adventure. My driving is on-road only without any towing. I simply inherited this truck after my son's continued off-roading adventures put the truck in the shop for awhile, and during this time, he totaled my daily driver. Truck has standard factory lift.
     
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  8. Mar 12, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    Everyone says get 5100’s but they are designed for lifted vehicles. What you should get are Bilstein 4600’s heavy duty shocks. Same shock as the 5100 but not designed for lifted vehicles. A little less $$ too.
     
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    Sounds like you don't need anything fancy then. I'd simply go to RockAuto and pick out a name brand shock. I would recommend a Heavy Duty shock though since Tacoma rear springs are a little on the soft side.
     
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  10. Mar 16, 2019 at 8:35 AM
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    Thank you. Got the 4600's. Took them to the dealership and gave them to TJ. He unboxed them on the spot and held them in place, saying, "Oh - these won't fit ......... just kidding". I knew they fit, but my heart sank for a millisecond or 2. Thanks to everyone here. I don't know what a Tacoma novice like me would do without TW !
     
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    Thank you. Got the 4600's. Took them to the dealership and gave them to TJ. He unboxed them on the spot and held them in place, saying, "Oh - these won't fit ......... just kidding". I knew they fit, but my heart sank for a millisecond or 2. Thanks to everyone here. I don't know what a Tacoma novice like me would do without TW !
     
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    Your comment was my thinking after watching a few YouTube videos from people living in the south without the winter salt/brine. It took me 30 minutes just to get the top bolts off the rear shocks, as the threads were so corroded that I learned to take a wire brush with dental picks to clean the threads made a world of difference. I posted this for people looking at this thread for DIY advice, so just remember to give yourself plenty of time, as in my case things don't go as smoothly as YouTube videos nor advice you get on TW.
     
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    After you install the shocks coat the threads and nuts with Synthetic Disc Brake Lube . It may take a few minutes to clean off some day but much easier to do than dealing with Rust. Take that from a man who has lived at the Jersey shore for almost 65 years . I also use it any place you would use anti seize. It don't dry out like anti seize. I had to remove 2 year old rear shocks on this truck with a sawzall although I admit I only monkeyed with the nut for about a minute and a half, before I said " Nope ,not doing it "
     
  14. Mar 17, 2019 at 12:37 PM
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    I replaced my rears over the summer. With 5100 to match the fronts . I ended up just taking a saw zaw and cutting the top bolt right off . Bottom was easy both replaced under an hour no jack Stands or taking off the tires
     
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    If you live in the rust belt, nothing ever applies to you concerning ease of work. Most replacements are easier to just cut out than to try and get apart. I recently worked on a Subaru from PA that was a nightmare. In the OP's case though, the shocks would have been off and on for the frame work, so no worries about that.
     
  16. Mar 18, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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    Mine were just replaced when the frame was also and still used a saw. I think anything installed over an hour and a half ago and not treated with something makes ya cuss around here
     
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    Sounds like you need replacement children rather than shocks.

    Edit: 5100’s if you are replacing them.
     
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    Same as everybody else...
    Maybe find a set of take offs? I'm getting ready to replace mine with a set if take offs that have less than 5k on em
     
  19. Mar 18, 2019 at 1:33 PM
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    Son lost the privilege to drive this truck some time ago. He has purchased is own and is now learning about vehicle ownership, maintenance and insurance.
     
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    You are right, I didn't consider that.
     

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