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Shocks - how long do they last?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Sign Guy, May 23, 2011.

  1. May 23, 2011 at 5:46 AM
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    Sign Guy

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    If you aren't a crazy 4 wheeler (I have a 2 WD) how long should the shocks last? I got my truck w/~112 K on it and have been driving to Montana quite frequently and zipping around curves it seems to float and wallow through them at high speeds. It's not a sports car but I think my Ranger (4x4 off road) was much more stiff and solid in the corners. Is this just the nature of the beast or should I be looking to replace the shocks or something else?
     
  2. May 23, 2011 at 5:48 AM
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    It sounds like your shocks are toast. You shouldn't have that much body roll on stock shocks unless they are dead.
     
  3. May 23, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    or crap shocks like my Kyb monoshocks
     
  4. May 23, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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    Yep, sounds like its time for new shocks. And there's nothing wrong with KYB's, I've had the monomax on mine for over a year now and like the way they ride, they are actually stiffer than the Bilstein HD's.
     
  5. May 23, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    Why not just upgrade to bilstein 5100s? Seems like a great excuse. :)
     
  6. May 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    you know It might be i don't like these Kyb's cause they on ome 881 coils. I really miss my 5100's. mucho better ride on gravel and bumps.
     
  7. May 24, 2011 at 5:40 AM
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    Thanks guys, I'll look for some 5100's
     
  8. Jun 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    I just finished installing the 5125's on the back and had to lift the dang frame up about 6-8" to get the bottom part of the shock on. I found that a 6 ton bottle jack between the frame and the leaf spring does the job;) I was hoping that it would bend the leaf spring back but no luck. Since they are basically flat or inverted I think that will be the next thing to upgrade. The 5100's are going on the front tomorrow - woohoo!
     
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