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What happens to break lines and steering rod when adding Bilstein 5100's

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by prerunnerSD, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Jul 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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    prerunnerSD

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    What happens to break lines and steering rod when adding Bilstein 5100's set at full extention and rear leafs... Do you have to extend the break lines, does it alter the function of the steering rods? Will it require longer break lines, should I get them anyway for safety?

    I drive in the snow and rain a lot and worry about safety...Under this current setup and possibly P265 75 16 sized tires, Will it take longer to stop and will you loose some control over the vehicle?

    Just don't wanna risk loose everything on safety just to have the better look and performance of this lift.
     
  2. Jul 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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    First is first, It is brake lines not break lines.

    The steering components don't go anywhere so there is no mods needed. The brakes likes have enough slack because the amount of travel in the suspension doesn't change.
     
  3. Jul 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    *brake* lines
    will need to be extened in the rear (if it is a 2.5" lift i presume) - I have done it on 2 tacomas: one used flexable line and the other was hard lined.
    also you will have to adjust your brake proportining valve to the lift to retain the brakes.
     
  4. Jul 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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    In the rear, it depends on how how high you go. With just an AAL, you don't need new brake lines. A lifted vehicle will handle differently than a stock vehicle. You'll have to get used to any changes and adjust your driving habits accordingly but small lifts and slightly oversized tires won't produce a huge change but will affect braking distance to a degree (I would argue it's unnoticeable for the tire size you're considering). Lifting raises the center of gravity which means it will be more unstable in corners. If you aknowledge that you bought a truck and not a sports car, and drive it as a truck, you will be fine and not find yourself at a loss trying to control the truck.
     
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