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Suspension on the 2WD Toyo

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Nukem2099, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Dec 16, 2017 at 2:26 PM
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    Nukem2099

    Nukem2099 [OP] New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Been reading on this forum for the last month and decided to post up a few questions I have been left with in doing some TLC planing on my truck. Most of what I am finding is for 4WD applications, or large lifts on the trucks, nothing really for the daily driver that hauls motorcycles occasionally.
    Aside from the 1st Gen DIY guide, the lift guides, and some random searches on other 2wd suspension Q's: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/new-rear-suspension-not-lifted-need-help.368251/#post-10048763

    I am starting to look for some guidance and experience from others that have possibly been thinking the same.

    I am working on a stock 1999 single cab, 2wd, 2.4L Tacoma, with 15" rims, currently at 135K ODO. She has been a daily driver and motorcycle hauler for the last 5 years, bought her with 75K ODO, and now the suspension is showing it's age. For this I am looking at doing some preventative maintenance as well as replacing the worn parts.

    Overall for this project I am looking to keep the height at stock, or possibly accepting a 1" lift depending on the parts used. I am thinking that replacing the worn parts will improve my ride height, since the rear leafs are sagging and the front is worn...

    So far my ideas are:
    -Replace the ball joints, inner and outer tie-rods [with what is available at the autoparts store]
    -New bushings on the steering rack and sway bar [with Energy Suspension poly bushings]
    -New shocks [Bilstein 5100's or Bilstein's 4600] Torn between the 5100's and 4600 since this truck is used 95% on the street and 5% on logging roads.
    -New Front Coils, No clue since staying with OEM doesn't sound like the best option with the 5100's, but Eibach springs are for the 6 lug models. But want to replace the Coils when I replace the Shocks.
    -New Leafs [Old man EMU] Like the idea of a new leaf pack, but not sure if the options out there are going to lift the rear, or if OEM is going to be best.

    I am budgeting around $1000.00 for this project, but of course staying under budget is also great. I am still working on a price out for most of the options that I have considered, but what it comes down to is that I don't really off road my truck and don't need the lift, just looking for a good on road ride with or without the motorcycle in the back.

    So the big questions that I have are:
    - Should I go with the Bilstein 5100's, even though I am looking to keep the ride height stock [or close to] And I am aware that the 5100's do have a stock height, with the option of .86" [or more] lift
    - What leaf kits do you guy's know about that are mostly to keep stock height, but could help on ride quality with a motorcycle in the back.
    - Any recommendations on the front coils? Should I go with OEM and use the Bilstein 4600's or order new OEM and use the 5100's at the stock height?
    - Any other bits of wisdom on suspension for the 2WD 5 lug?
    - Or should I just go with just replacing my suspension components with A/M or OEM options to keep the truck stock?

    Thanks in advance!
    -Al
     
  2. Dec 16, 2017 at 2:30 PM
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    jbrandt

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    the 5100s and 4600s only fit the 6 lug trucks. The 5 and 6 lugs have entirely different suspension.

    There is a 5 lug specific forum here, I suggest asking around in there. It’s been too long since I had my 97 5 lug to offer any specific advice, tho.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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    Nukem2099

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    Thanks for the reply! from what I was looking into there was no real mention that the Suspension parts I was looking at was only for the 6 lug trucks.
    Ill go post it up on the 5-Lug section.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2017 at 2:48 PM
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    jbrandt

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    Good luck!
     

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