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Suggestions for Front strut replacement, springs

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by GW WY, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    GW WY

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    I have a 2003 Tacoma TRD xtracab and need to do some work on the front suspension. I just hit 120,000 miles and am overdue for some new struts. I replaced the rear shocks with KYB monomax and noticed an improvement. I am looking to get the best performance while maintaining the stock ride height. Should I also replace the front springs at this time, my truck definitely sags in the front and back. Any suggestions for heavy duty spring kits vs air bag kits for the rear would also be appreciated. I am a carpenter and end up packing the truck full of tools. I also have a fiberglass topper and lumber rack that are a constant additional load. Looking around at tacomas on the road the light suspension seems to be an issue for a lot of trucks, so I am sure there are some good suggestions out there. Thanks for any feedback.
     
  2. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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    gobias

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    If you're not looking for any lift I'd take a look at some Bilstein HD struts. Essentially a beefier version of the TRD OEM ones that came with the truck. Might as well buy some new coils while you're at it if you feel like spending a few extra bucks.

    For new rear leafs I'd look at the 4 leaf Wheelers set if you want to remain stock or the 5 leaf if you want a 1.5" lift. http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacoleafs.htm
    With a shell and fully loaded bed, you might want to look at the 5 leaf set.

    My $.02
     
  3. Nov 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    ColtsTRD

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    That sound goods to me too
     
  4. Nov 7, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    Personally went with OME 881 coils, bilstein 5100s all around (fronts will be set at 0) and the icon 3 leaf progressive aal with a new stock leaf set
     
  5. Nov 7, 2010 at 2:19 PM
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    scocar

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    With the loads you mention, you might want to look into the Timbren bumpstops. I don't have any experince with the, but dan at Wheeler's has recommendend them for folks who often haul heavy/constant loads. check out the Wheeler's and Timbren sites.

    http://www.timbren.com/index.htm
     
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