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TSB: Leaf Springs - Leveling

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ShaneHD, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM
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    ShaneHD

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    I just had the TSB for the leaf springs on my 2010 Taco CrewCab TRD done. The truck rides and feels so much better. Now, not that this is a huge deal, but my truck now slopes forward (more than I would like).

    I have read up on these Bilstien 5100's and wondered if that was all I needed to have put on in order to level out my front end. I have never lifted/leveled out a truck before and would most likely have a local shop put these on, but how easy is it?

    Is this all I need? Using stock wheels and speakers as well.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    I was wondering the same thing.
     
  3. Mar 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    I have done alot of research on this website, I have ordered some billies for my front end after having the TSB done, and if you set them at 1.75, should level your truck out.
     
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    How hard are these to swap out? Are they better than the stock Bilstien shocks?
     
  5. Mar 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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    1.75 on the 5100's and the 4 leaf TSB pack will get you close to level, possibly a tad nose high once the leaf pack settles, or you load the truck bed.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    Andrew H

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    See build thread.
    If you have the tsb and front billies you need set them at 1.75" to have the back just a tiny bit higher. If you dont have the tsb and get billies then set the front to .85" to level it.
     
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    Having had the TSB and four leaf pack done to mine a year ago, my suggestion would be to go with a .85 setting if you intend to haul any kind of a load. The TSB will settle and the 1.75 setting will put you nose high with a slight to moderate load. At least it did for me.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    Mine is a 2010 DC as well. I also have the TSB done in the rear. I put Bilstein 5100s on all four corners. I left the front ones set at zero, but also used some Toytec springs in the front. I got about 1.6" of lift in the front. I also used the 1/4" top plate spacer on the drivers side, so I got a bit more lift on that side. I love the look and ride now!

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  9. Mar 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    I installed eibachs in front after I got the tsb done. The truck still has some rake to it. They didn't completely level it out. But I love the ride now.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    you mean stock wheels and TIRES right? ;)
     
  11. Mar 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    After doing the TSB, the rear end lifted about 1.5 inches.

    Ordered the 5100s to level the truck.

    got the 5100s about a week later.

    just prior to installing the 5100s, i remeasured the back end.

    the truck settled to only 1 inch above the stock height.

    I was planning on setting the 5100s to 1.75

    but when the back end settled to only a inch,

    i went with the .85 setting instead.

    the truck sits with a slight forward rake, just like stock

    but i think the 1.75 would make it nose high.

    <<< - check out all my photos and see what you think
     
  12. Mar 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    see my pics above mike. mine are at 2.5 with the TSB and it sits damn near level. i have had the TSB for about 8 months so it has had plenty of time to settle
     
  13. Mar 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    After looking online, there are a ton of different models and prices.

    What exact model do I need for my 2010 Tacoma CrewCab Shortbed TRD? Where is the best place (price) to get these? Do I only need 2? Again, I just had the TSB done on the rear leaf springs.
     
  14. Mar 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    its up to you

    I only put the 5100s on the front, got new shocks with the TSB in the rear.

    but i think i paid 200 just for the fronts, so sounds like a good price
     
  16. Mar 7, 2011 at 5:12 AM
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    If I got them all the way around, do I need to set them all at 1.75?
     
  17. Mar 7, 2011 at 5:25 AM
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    I bought the 5100's from downsouth and they will be here tomorrow. What a great place to buy from!

    With this said, I have only ever installed rear shocks before. Is there a detailed walk through of how to swap out the shocks? What all tools do I need (I don't have an impact gun)?
     
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