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Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ColoradoTJ, May 6, 2016.

  1. May 6, 2016 at 8:46 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    I have done some searching on this site, and just seeing what the men of Tundras use and like. My truck has almost 72000 miles on it now.

    I use my truck for towing duties, daily driving and minimal light off road duties. I don't plan on leveling.

    So here are some of the shocks I have looked at:

    Bilstein 4600. Better than factory, good ride. Downside the paint will chip like the factory shocks.

    Bilstein 5100's. I have had these before on jeeps and they were pretty awesome.

    Pro comp. I have heard by several people that these are damn good shocks. Any experience with these?

    Thank you for any information.
     
  2. May 6, 2016 at 8:55 PM
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    Depends on what u want to spend..
     
  3. May 6, 2016 at 9:01 PM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Budget is in the shock option posted.
     
  4. May 6, 2016 at 9:06 PM
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    ProComps are knock off Bilisteins.

    The 5100's are a good option, but I've heard of many leaking.

    I'm not too familiar with the 4600's so I don't have any personal input there.
     
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  5. May 6, 2016 at 9:13 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Any other options for factory replacements?
     
  6. May 6, 2016 at 9:26 PM
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    Have you considered the OME kit? Not as smooth, but built solid. I had them on my last Tundra and Tacoma.
     
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  7. May 6, 2016 at 9:37 PM
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    Ahhhhh, not a bad option. By "not as smooth", I take it as great Offroad but a little stiff
     
  8. May 6, 2016 at 9:40 PM
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    TRD offroad Tundras come with 4600's. They are good shocks. I put 5100's on my 2013 Taco and they were great..
    I have 6112's on my Tundra and they are the best so far....
     
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  9. May 6, 2016 at 10:07 PM
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    Upgraded my ford explorer with some auto parts store special shocks. Well lets say there wasn't much improvement over the 20 year old shocks.
    I had the fabtec dirt logic shocks in my Tacoma. Crap. Leaked. One rear failed. Stiff ride.
    Rock warrior stock bilsteins were mediocre. Rust up like crazy.
    I had 5100s on the tundra in the fully adjustable form. Good shocks no issues.
    Boss shocks now ride great on road. Better than the 5100 coilovers. Haven't really gone off road with them yet.
     
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  10. May 7, 2016 at 8:18 AM
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    I sure would like the Boss setup.

    The 5100s look like a good compermise.
     
  11. May 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM
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    Apples to Oranges....... I had 5100s on a 1st gen Tacoma and thought they felt under valved, even for street use. Larger bumps and the truck would wander/loose track. On My 1st gen Tundra I didn't want that issue so I went with Toytec Boss. The valving is really, spot on for daily driving. Compliant ride with great bump handling. I also, have not had them off road yet.
     
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  12. May 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM
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    Apples to oranges on price as well.
     
  13. May 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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    Liking my OMES. A little stiff at times on pavement. Great off pavement.
     
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  14. May 8, 2016 at 6:55 PM
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    Done any towing with them Matt?
     
  15. May 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM
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    I have ome on my first gen tundra and love them. If u want to buy a shock and virtually never have to worry about it again, go ome.
     
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  16. May 8, 2016 at 9:16 PM
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    Thank you for your input.
     
  17. May 9, 2016 at 5:46 AM
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    I have a 17' flat bed trailer that I tow. Usually loaded down with camping stuff, fencing material, and occasional rock. The ride seems to be fine. I do want to beef up the rear with some new leaf packs, maybe add some air bags. The OME's are easier on the budget too.
     
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  18. May 10, 2016 at 7:36 AM
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    Money isn't the problem and you are so very right on that comment. Ride quality is second to none.

    I may have this truck for only two more years, maybe 2.5 if the 19' Tundras are worth looking at. Kinda seems like a poor investment for such a short time when my truck rides decent now.
     
  19. May 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM
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    I think the top three are really King, Icon and higher end Fox shocks! The three have very nice rebuild-able shocks.
    Couple companies that i know of are reaching towards these three though. One is Toytec with the Boss 2.5 remote resi rebuildable shocks and the other is the ARB OME OME BP-51 High Performance Bypass Shock Absorbers (http://www.arbusa.com/Uploads/PDF/newProductAdvice/2016/Toyota_Tacoma_OMETAC16BP51B.pdf). Both are coming out for the Tacoma first, not sure when they would be making them for the tundra.
     
  20. May 10, 2016 at 7:55 AM
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    Boss 2.0 vs Fox 2.5 is a difference, on the wallet too. I would assume the Fox 2.0 non remote resi's would be a good comparison to the Boss.
     
  21. May 10, 2016 at 9:56 AM
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    Let's get back on track. I have King Shocks on my off-road vehicle. I don't need them on my Tundra.
     
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    Getting back on track the OME or 5100 would be you best bet for factory replacement. Unless money really is no option here then why not just go with Fox, King, or Icons
     
  23. May 10, 2016 at 2:03 PM
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    That varies per persons needs/wants. I can also say King all the way and say its superior to FOX, based on my thoughts...tomatoe tomato ;)
     
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    I am leaning towards the 5100 or OME. 5100 most likely.

    Most people on this thread, including yourself that have mentioned a CO shock have pretty sweet lifted trucks. Some of you do it for looks and others that actually use the shock to its designed purpose. I will not even come close to using a King, Fox, or any CO to its designed purpose.

    As stated earlier, I have COs.

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    I had king with adjusters for 3 years sold it cause it was leaking bad and I didn't want to rebuild it. Switch over to bilstein 6112/5160 a little over a year now and still happy for half the cost. My truck is a daily driver and I don't really offroad beside camping here and there.. On the pavement I can't really tell a difference between the kings and bilstein 6112. bilstein 6112 (60mm) cost $650 no resi vs king with resi cost 1200?
     
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    Ding ding ding. Winning.
     
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    I take my Tundra all over the place, scratches and all. My OME's are just fine. I can't wait until it finally stops snowing up where I go. Don't do much "open" country 4X4ing. I don't understand why shocks are such a big topic here. Why spend $2K or more on shocks?? Why not spend $700 to$1500 plus install on a Auburn LSD or ARB locker and actually make your Tundra a truly better 4X4?? (I know, the " I'm afraid to void my warranty thing"). Grow a pair. just saying. $2K to $3K in shocks doesn't do anything IMHO unless you are a PRO circuit racer at high speeds or a true "Rock Warrior", as in "not a sticker and limited edition rims." 45 years + four wheeling. (Saving up for rear diff upgrade. Shocks are fine.) Bottom line.......Go with the OME's which are quite capable. You will have money left to fix your rear end which Toyota neglected. You will have a better 4X4. Or spend a small fortune on shocks (for a better ride???) and still get stuck.
     
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    I'm looking to buy 5100 adjustable to level it out. I pieced together a Ultimate 3" lift coilovers with the blistein 5100's for my 4runner and never put them on, I ended up trading it in for my Tundra. It is too bad they won't fit my Tundra.
     
  29. May 15, 2016 at 9:43 PM
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    Dammit.... Shock shopping....
    got me thinking, say that 3 times fast now I can't stop trying it. :annoyed:
     
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    Cool, and you only have a multitude off all kinds to chose from. Have fun...........:mudding:
     
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