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Want better suspension without the lift

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 1kstep, May 5, 2012.

  1. May 5, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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    1kstep

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    I've spent a good part of my day reading about 5100 Front/rear with AAS and the lift you got from it. My goal is to have better shocks (working shocks? My 2005 Taco has 77K on the clock) and stiffer springs but I don't want the lift. Please advise.
     
  2. May 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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    You can get 5100's and just set them at stock height
     
  3. May 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Welcome to TW! Your best bet is the 5100 Bilstien shocks. As for the springs, any spring with additional spring rate will give lift. You might want to buy a newer set of OEM springs.
     
  4. May 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    I really like KYB gas-a-justs. They are a monotube, gas-charged shock. They made my truck ride really nice. But I have a first-gen with other suspension mods (all stock height). Try looking into those.
     
  5. May 6, 2012 at 7:39 AM
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    big sky

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    the larger tubes and better damping of the 5100's sounds like it would be right up your alley, as mentioned you can leave the fronts at 0 and have no lift

    I'm not aware of any front springs that are firmer than stock w/o lift (the Eibachs are a pretty mild lift @ 1.6" which would likely just take some of the rake out the ride heights)

    for rears I'm sure there are custom options to firm springs up w/o any increase in ride height, but it will probably cost $$$- if you don't have the TSB added leaf, might consider that- minimal lift and w/ a truck w/ 77k it's possible your leaf springs have begun to sag and it that's the case the extra leaf will simply put your ride height closer to when your truck was new
     
  6. May 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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    Airbags in the back are an easy to stiffen up the back. But adding air will raise the rear some.

    For the front.... You could always go with a higher rate, albeit taller spring and cut it down until you get stock ride height again.

    5100's seem to be the best choice shocks overall.
     
  7. May 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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    We have KYB Gas-adjusts on our 4runner. This is a matter of taste but the damn things are way too firm. With them the 4runner is like an unruly beast. OP, if you don't like it so firm get the Bilsteins. They are firm but not bone jarring firm like the KYBs. In my opinion, the Bilsteins strike a good balance for a nicely controlled ride. The KYBs are too harsh.
     
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  8. May 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    Would the OME's work with the stock springs ?
     
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