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1st Gen lift poll - OME or Bilstein?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by OldSoul76, Jan 6, 2016.

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Which lift?

  1. Toytec Ultimate (Bilstein)

    4 vote(s)
    30.8%
  2. Old Man Emu

    3 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. Toytec Boss

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Bilstein 5100 (ride height adjustable)

    6 vote(s)
    46.2%
  1. Jan 6, 2016 at 8:19 PM
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    OldSoul76

    OldSoul76 [OP] New Member

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    Lets see what everybody thinks.
    Basically I need new shocks, and I want a lifted/leveled truck.

    Toytec Ultimate (Bilstein)
    http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/Ultimate-lift-kit-with-Bilstein-shocks-for-Tundra_p_395.html

    or

    Old Man Emu
    http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/25-OME-Lift-Kit-for-00-06-Tundra_p_1227.html
    (yes, with the OME kit a BPV bracket and diff drop kit will be purchased separately)

    or

    Toytec Boss
    http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/BOSS-Suspension-System-for-2000-2006-Tundra_p_1140.html

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    This will be a "daily driver" with no serious off-roading, only the occasional off road exploring.
    I'm most curious about ride quality and durability.
    I do not plan on ever adding heavy bumpers or a winch.
    Hope to stuff 285/65r18 tires.

    Ride quality of each shock/coilover?
     
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  2. Jan 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM
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    csuviper

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    I have a second gen so I really can't comment on the first gens however I voted Bilsteins because that is what I purchased for my truck. I have never had OME so I can't tell you a comparison.
    I am happy with my choice. I kept them at the stock setting for now. I am pretty sure it is set at 3".
     
  3. Jan 6, 2016 at 9:01 PM
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  4. Jan 12, 2016 at 8:44 AM
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    I'm running the OME setup and have no complaints. It's been great on washboards. I've never run the Bilstein's on the Tundra so I can't really compare apples to apples, however I've run Bilstein's on other trucks and would expect them to provide a little more plush ride on the street.

    Just know that the OME setup was originally designed for 2nd gen Tacoma's. OME never meant for them to be used on the Tundra. I decided on the OME based on low maintenance/reliability along other reviews of people having them on their Tundra. I think Slee was the one who originally offered this setup for Tundra's.

    TLDR; I have OME and would do it again.
     
  5. Jun 15, 2016 at 4:11 PM
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    I'd be thrilled to get a few more 1st Gen. Tundra people to weigh in on the original post, especially @ToyTec Lifts ! Its a big investment with a lot of variables and very few people have experience with all Toytec Boss, Bilstein and OME suspension.
     
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  6. Jun 15, 2016 at 4:54 PM
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    For my 1st gen it's still stock. I don't want really any lift on mine for reasons.
    OME I might go with but really I haven't got to that point with it. I need adjusting front ones. Toytec maybe. Alcan is the one, will do my rear springs, that's the only for sure things.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2016 at 5:02 PM
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    I'm running OME 885 springs on 90004 struts. Lifted the front about 3". Love the setup. Rides amazingly on washboard and rough road..
     
  8. Jul 27, 2016 at 8:12 PM
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    do you know why the OME setup is meant for 2nd gen Tacomas, yet will work with 1st gen Tundras? ...and it doesn't seem like all 2nd gen Tacoma lift kits work with 1st gen Tundras.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2016 at 6:40 AM
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    A 2nd gen taco and 1st gen Tundra are actually fairly close in size. The extended and collapsed length of the OME strut is a perfect match for the 1st Gen Tundra (its practically identical to the 5100). The OME 885/886 coils are a HD coil for a Tacoma if you have extra weight upfront like a bumper/winch. So for a stock Tundra they match perfectly.

    The reason I went with the OME setup vs Bilstein or a coilover was the bulletproof reputation. I wanted something that would last and I wouldn't have to worry about. That said I think I'd skip putting the OME shocks out back. I'd go with a longer Bilstein.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2016 at 3:29 PM
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    I asked ToyTec about the rears. Toytec recommended sticking with the new OME nitro charger shocks for the rear since they were specifically three staged valved for my Tundra. Don't mix and match is what was said to me. Go with the complete system. I did. No regrets at all. I would assume the same for 1st gen OME suspension. Call ToyTec.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM
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    I have ome up front, light racing spc ucas and a 3leaf aal out back with toytec boss shocks hows that for a conglomeration! I had full ome on my taco. Which is why i put it on the front of the tundra. Bullet proof on and off road and maintenance free. Cant beat the ruggedness and it still rides just fine on all terrains u throw at it. Out back i went with the boss shocks because i leanred from the taco, the ome shocks are pretty short on purpose. They limit the articulation for warranty and longevity reasons. My truck rides very well
     
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  12. Jul 29, 2016 at 1:51 PM
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    The OME's out back restrict down travel even with the stock leafs. I bought everything through Toytec as well, great people to work with. I'd just recommend something longer in the rear.
     
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  13. Jul 29, 2016 at 11:40 PM
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    I have zero restriction with my new OME Nitro Chargers out rear. Plenty of travel. Found out two weekends ago up in the CO Rocky Mountains when I first put my OME setup to the test. But then again this is on my 2nd gen 07. You are right about ToyTec. OME does have new shocks. Maybe longer travel for 1st gens with the new Nitro Chargers. Maybe. ToyTec folks would know for sure. :thumbsup:
     
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