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Shocks to improve street handling

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by surfwagon, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:20 PM
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    surfwagon

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    I'm looking for a set of shocks that will improve handling on the street. I have a 1999 4x2 at stock ride height. I don't take the truck off road, I don't tow and I don't haul anything too heavy. I'm looking for a shock that will improve handling on the street. I'm fine with a stiff ride. Can anyone recommend anything? Thanks, Marc
     
  2. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    Johns Taco

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    Brand new shocks of any brand will probably be good since your truck is older, shocks have a rough life and need to be replaced when not performing well.
     
  3. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:27 PM
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    x2. As far as specific recommendations go, I'm very happy with my Bilstein 5100s.
     
  4. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:31 PM
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    x2, 5100's for me were a major improvement over my old set, less body roll, over all a better feel.
     
  5. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:55 PM
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  6. Dec 2, 2011 at 9:32 PM
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    I have no experience with them. Sorry.

    Unless you're moving into high-end products, I think you'll find the majority of folks here will favor Bilstein or OME. Favorite places to shop include DSM and Wheelers. Both offer good products, excellent service, and TW member discounts. :wink:
     
  7. Dec 3, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    Thanks Norton
     
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    Yea another vote here for the 5100/5150s here
     
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    i am also very happy with my 5100's plus you can keep stock height with them and like someone else stated above me DSM gives TW memeber discounts. i bought from DSM and the customer service was great and shipping was very fast. i highly recommend them
     
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    I ended up buying the KYB MonoMax's. I could not be happier with them. I wanted something that was designed to improve street handling and these definitely do the trick.
     
  11. Feb 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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    Sounds like the bilstein HD to me.
     
  12. Feb 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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    I had KYB's on my 1993 4x2 and loved them as well. That was then... this is now.

    :anonymous:
     
  13. Feb 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM
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    Kyb makes a lot of the oem suspension for motorcycles. I wonder how they are on light trucks. I went with ome because everyone here said ome or bilstein
    suspension. But I wonder sometimes how much of it is based on fact and how much has become herd mentality.
     
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