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What is the recommended lifespan for the shocks/ struts?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by saugus, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM
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    They wear out after a while right? Any way to check? I have 133k currently. When it's due, I will be looking for an upgrade if it will mean a better ride with and without heavy loads. I have the most basic 2006 2.7 model. I checked the bilstein 5100's and I don't think they fit my truck.
     
  2. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM
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    How long they last depends soley on the driving conditions. Heavy hauling and flexing the suspension can wear out components quicker. Replace the shocks when the truck is 'bouncy'. It should be one of the check points of a safety inspection (if your state mandates them).
     
  3. Sep 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Anywhere after 70k.
    Look for oil leaks. Bounce each bumper, if it bounces more than a couple times after=replace.
     
  4. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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    oil leaks from shocks?
     
  5. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM
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    yes, if you see oil leaking from a shock, it's a good indication that the seal has blown and it's time for replacing (or rebuilding if you have high end shocks).
     
  6. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    Thanks for the replies. Anybody want to suggest a good upgrade for the barebones, 2.7L, rwd, 5 lug? I'm wondering which of kyg, tokico, bilstein, rancho, etc. are better. I have stiff tokico's on my corolla.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    bilstein 5100s!
     
  8. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM
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    I tried finding them but don't think they make them for my 5 lug. :mad:
     
  9. Sep 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM
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  10. Sep 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    Thanks I matched your bilstein numbers to the ones I looked up earlier on tirerack at $66 each. Comes to $280.16 shipped. Now I will check the truck and decide.:cool:
     
  11. Sep 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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    Just bought these (or something similar to):
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  12. Sep 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM
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    Cool. These will probably last longer than the Toyota OEM ones.
     
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