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Small lift, new shocks needed?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by vanilla.chinchilla, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:14 AM
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    vanilla.chinchilla

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    Hello forum people,
    New to the tundra scene with a recent purchase and so far need this question answered before I move ahead with putting a wheelers off road progressive add a leaf pack in tomorrow or the next day. My truck is a 2001 sr5 tundra with 112,000 miles. Stock everything, previous owner took care of it but added nothing out of the ordinary.
    My question is, can I leave the stock shocks when I add the leaf(s) or do I need to get something like 5100's at the same time? Looking to leave the stock overload springs in as well to get the actual 1.5" lift and because I still plan on doing a little towing/loading it up during the summer months for camping.
    Any help is appreciated. Also, I searched, but couldn't find a direct answer to my question.
    I am aware of the dangers of running shocks that are too short, just want to know if I'm headed down a bad road. Thanks, Luke
     
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  2. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:26 AM
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    Sunnier

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    Good morning, Luke, and welcome to the forum from SoCal! Post pics when you can; we love Tundra pin-ups. Where are you (and what are you doing up this late/ early)?

    I don't have an answer to your question, but wanted you to feel welcome. Someone will chime in during daylight hours probably. If this thread "falls off" the main page before our suspension experts weigh in, just bump it by adding a comment.
     
  3. Apr 25, 2018 at 3:06 AM
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    I'm still using stock length shocks on mine with the Icon add a leaf. No issues that I've noticed.
     
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  4. Apr 25, 2018 at 5:41 AM
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    If you’re raising the rear of the truck more than 1” I would recommend after market shocks.
     
  5. Apr 25, 2018 at 6:55 AM
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    Hey Festerw, did you leave the overload spring in on yours? Thanks
     
  6. Apr 25, 2018 at 6:58 AM
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    I did not, Icon recommended removing them. It rides much better and doesn't seem to droop far at all with a load now.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2018 at 7:25 AM
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  8. Apr 25, 2018 at 7:25 AM
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    And, one more for you festerw, how much lift would you say you got out of them? I'll typically have around 700 lbs in back since I tend to live in the back during the summer. Thanks for the info!
     
  9. Apr 25, 2018 at 7:26 AM
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    Thanks for the welcomes everybody. I appreciate all the info on this site. It's been helping lots!
     
  10. Apr 25, 2018 at 7:57 AM
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    Welcome from Ca. IMO you don't have to replace the shock but I'd highly recommend it .
     
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  11. Apr 25, 2018 at 8:01 AM
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    Welcome from CO! Did you order your leaf pack from Wheelers' or are you lucky enough to live nearby?
     
  12. Apr 25, 2018 at 8:31 AM
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    Just a little over an inch I'd say but the leafs are 14 years old after all. Hauling that much around all the time you may want to see about adding an extra leaf in or using air bags.
     
  13. Apr 25, 2018 at 12:08 PM
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    Totally. Under a bit of a time crunch so I ordered them from wheelers kind of figuring it was the best way to go in the short term. Maybe add another leaf if i need to or just a whole new spring pack down the road. Kind of opposed to airbags, but I suppose it's a consideration.
     

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