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Time to replace shocks

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by stuckinmud, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Apr 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    Hello, I own a 2003 Tacoma TRD, V6, Auto, 4WD. I bought it used some time ago, seems to be in pretty good shape inside and out, very clean. The truck just rolled over 80k and I wish to replace the shocks front and rear, I thought before buying I would hit ya up and ask, any recomendations? It has what seems to be factory Bilsteins on it now.
     
  2. Apr 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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  3. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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  4. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    The factory (yellow billies) shocks are awsome. I wouldnt switch brands unless you lift it.
     
  5. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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  6. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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    Mine were still good at 150k, Compared to brand new Gabriel hydro's at least.
     
  7. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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  8. Apr 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    My 1999 non TRD V6 4X4 six lug has the original front shocks, springs, and rear leafs........hell I swerve to avoid a shadow. Good luck.(HINT HINT )
     
  9. Apr 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    you know there is so much talk about this subject. im in the same boat as the op. seems everyone has an opinion on billys / ome's / eibach combos... my question is, does going up about an inch put any added stress to speak of on the cv's? obviously its a bit more angle then the factory intended. any thoughts? because if im going to drop $ on factory oem parts, may as well spend a little bit more and upgrade
     
  10. Apr 22, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    Had just planned on leaving it stock, I want to replace shocks,Bilstein 5100's sound good to me from what I've read, is there any big deal replacing them though, was planning on doing it myself....do they come in a pre-set, that way they can be installed and just more or less forgot about.....
     
  11. Apr 22, 2011 at 11:00 PM
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    What.
    I took mine off at 90k and with out the coils on them they
    took about ten minutes to extend when I compressed them by hand.

    also take off your sway bar. do it.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2011 at 6:21 AM
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    I saw on the front shocks is like a coil over type deal, when I replace the front set do the Bilstein 5100's come with the new coil spring also or do you re-use that existing spring? Are the Bilstein 5100's a direct replacement for my factory stock shocks, do I have to do any modification's for installation? I just put new tires on all the way around last week, after I install the new shocks do I need to have another front end alignment, I just did that when I purchased new tires...:confused: Also why would I want to remove front sway bar??
     
  13. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    removing sway bar helps with articulation, and no the billys dont come with a new coil spring. For $150 more you can get some eibachs/toytec springs for a 3inch lift and a freaking awesome ride!:D the billys bolt in to the stock locations so no modding to any mounting hardware. Unfortunately yes you will have to get re-aligned but wait until whatever you get settles otherwise you will have to re-align twice.
     
  14. Apr 23, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    Oh ok..thanks :D I think I'll stick with the stock ride height, going to go with the Bilsteins 5100's I guess. The stock springs should be good, so I'll just do the shock replacement. I didn't know you had to get an alignment after just installing new shocks :eek: lol....I don't want to take any chances though cause I just put on 4 new tires and would like em to last..ha ha :) after checking em out on "Down South Motorsports" I think I will just buy the complete set of 4...I guess it would not hurt to lift it 2.5"... if I don't like it I can change it back lol
     
  15. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    You don't have to lift it with the billies... they just have an adjustable preload to lift the truck. You can leave it at 0 for stock height
     
  16. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    I have no sway bar:cool:

    If its stock i wouldn't recomend removing it. Cornering sucks with no sway bar, if you are turning and braking get ready for the pucker factor. When i put mine back it its like im driving a race car:cool:
     
  17. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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    If you buy Toyota shocks and have a Toyota dealership install the shocks, they become lifetime replacement/labor.
     
  18. Apr 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    Ha ha..ok you talked me into it lol, I'll go with the 5100's, not sure what setting I'll be on yet but have time to think about that. I think I'll order the package set up from "Down South Motorsports", I'll keep my stock coil springs, I think I will do it myself and save the money lol I hope I like the way it turns out when I'm done...
     
  19. Apr 23, 2011 at 11:43 PM
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    Pshhh no sway bar makes turning way more fun!!!! :cool:
     
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