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Strut mount cracked

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Jeschardies, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Oct 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
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    Jeschardies

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    Had my truck in the shop to replace a wheel bearing, which exposed a broken/clean fracture across a strut mount.

    A couple questions (2001 AC 4WD w/ 135k):
    1) Are Bilstein 5100 all around worth the money without a lift? I believe the truck is still stock?

    2) Limited experience myself and no air tools at home. I haven't found the strut/spring combo to make this an easy install, but I have found the OME set with an add-a-leaf rear.

    Any opinions on this? I hear the stock 4600s are good and maybe I upgrade later, but I've seen some threads recommending the 5100s all around. This will probably offer the option for a lift later, but without knowing what the future looks like, I don't want a negative result.

    I know I'll need to fix the front mount, so there will be something installed soon. I drive around town and dirt roads in the mountains, but don't tow much.

    Thanks for any input, as I know its a common topic, but I don't want to high-jack another thread.

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  2. Oct 12, 2020 at 9:44 AM
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    zeekevin

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    Man that bushing is busted... just replace the shocks with 5100’s leave the front at the no lift setting and enjoy the ride.

    and down the road you can adjust the front for some lift if you wanted to.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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    CaptainGrumpus

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    For some reason 5100’s are really hard to find right now. Bilstein is on back order with them. 4600’s would be sufficient if you have no interest in lifting your truck. You can probably find a fully assembled used set in the classified forums here or on eBay.
     
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  4. Oct 12, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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  5. Oct 12, 2020 at 10:27 AM
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    FWIW 5100s and 4600s are essentially the same with exceptions that relate only to color, finish and the ability to raise the ride height. At stock heights they will ride the same assuming theyre both on the same coils.

    If the cost is the same or similar and you want to leave the door open for a lift get the 5100s, otherwise, just buy what you want.

    https://www.shockwarehouse.com/news/bilstein-5100-vs-bilstein-heavy-duty.cfm
     
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  6. Oct 12, 2020 at 11:21 AM
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    I disagree, the valving on the 5100's doesn't take low speed bumps nearly as well as 4600. The 4600 doesn't smooth out high speed bumps nearly as well as the 5100. Depending on the roads/speeds/loads you travel there can be drastic ride quality/performance difference.
     
  7. Oct 12, 2020 at 1:46 PM
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    The 5100 is a great value and I recommend. Having had the 4600 when the truck was new, I can attest they do not handle the same. The 5100 is firm and great on street driving/tow/haul. Truck feels Sporty. As mentioned in post #6 above, its a good description on the differences.
     
  8. Oct 13, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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    Thoughts on leveling kits while I'm at this project?
     
  9. Oct 13, 2020 at 7:34 PM
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    If you go with the Bilstein 5100's up front they are already ride height adjustable so you wont need a separate leveling kit.
     
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  10. Oct 14, 2020 at 5:16 AM
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    My understanding was I would still need a leveling kit and the 5100s would be accommodating to the extended length due to the adjustment, not that by extending them, they take place of a leveling kit......?
     
  11. Oct 14, 2020 at 5:54 AM
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    FirstGenVol

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    No Steve was correct. "Leveling kit" seems to mean different things to different people. The 5100's will bring your front end up enough to match the rear, if you so desire. You wouldn't need to buy something else.
     
  12. Oct 14, 2020 at 6:01 AM
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  13. Oct 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM
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    Jeschardies

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    I misunderstood the idea behind the 5100s. Thanks guys! I felt bad posting a question that has probably been beaten up here, but it makes sense now and I definitely gained from it. Thanks again!
     
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