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Suspension Question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by smoltz, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Jan 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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    smoltz

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    I've got a 2004 DC 4x4. The back has a bit of sag at this point and I think it might be time for some new shocks. I was thinking about getting some Bilstein 5100s and then adding a longer shackle in back to give me about 1" of lift. Is this a sensible plan or is there some better approach (add a leaf, block)?

    Also, I know that you're not supposed to use the 5100s in back without a lift. Is 1" enough to be OK?

    Overall, I'd like to be level about .5" higher than stock (to give a little bit of extra clearance for my 265/75s) and level.

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  2. Jan 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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    smoltz

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  3. Jan 10, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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    Sagging comes from the spring. The stock shock has very little preload (just enough nitrogen to be compressed to account for shaft intrusion). Would recommend add-a-leafs.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2011 at 6:16 AM
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    Sag is caused by the springs, not the shocks. So before you lift using a shackle...I'd get some new springs or get the ones you have re-arched or an AAL.
    THEN look at new shocks based on your mileage...
     
  5. Jan 10, 2011 at 6:16 AM
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    Well you can use the billy 5100s with stock suspension. Now for rear lift i would recommend a add a leaf if you tow alot(the aal gives 1.5-2" of lift), and i would recommend blocks and lift shackles if you are just on the road. Also shackles work pretty good offroad.
    Hope it helps.
     
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