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What are realistic drop in coil spring replacement options for an 04 DC 4x4?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by scooterprint, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Mar 23, 2020 at 2:03 AM
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    Greetings,
    I took my truck in for an alignment, and my caster was pretty far out of spec, and I was told my suspension is wearing out (mostly on the front driver's corner), so I guess It's time to drop some paper on new suspension.

    What are some good choices/realistic options for coilovers on first gens?
    I've seen people say Bilstein 5100s a lot, along with the Toytec Boss coilovers, but I'm curious about alternatives.

    I'd like to move to a LT kit, but I don't exactly have 5 big ones sitting around right now.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy.
     
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  3. Mar 23, 2020 at 4:48 AM
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    There are quite a few options for suspension but if your overall goal is LT in the future, I would get a set of 2.5 coilovers now in anticipation for future setup. Then when you're ready to get the LT kit, you're not buying everything at once.

    Below are the options I am aware of:

    • Bilstein 5100s
    • Bilstein 6112/5160s
    • Old Man Emu
    • Icon
    • Fox
    • King
    • Toyotec
    • Dobinsons springs (usually on 5100 shocks)
    • ADS
    • Rancho

    I went OME and so far happy with the setup. I went with a heavier spring for the steel bumper, future winch, and plates but right now I am definitely sitting about 1" higher at the front (lifted me 4" in the front). I came from KYB shocks (not sure how long they were on) with a spacer lift and the ride quality is significantly improved. I originally intended on coilovers but after more consideration, I realized I am never going to adjust them from the time they are set and I don't know enough about suspension to fine-tune them. Didn't hurt that I was able to purchase my OME setup for almost half the cost of the front coilovers on black friday.

    I don't think you can go wrong with any of the brands listed just depends on your goals and how much you want to spend.
     
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    Stock replacement? Get some Monroe quick struts, maybe $200 for a complete shock/spring/mount.

    Next would be 5100s or Eibach leveling $250ish for the shocks, add another $75ish for new top mounts, and whatever time for moving the springs over.

    After that you'd be into complete coilover territory and the only limit is what you want to spend.
     
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    You've got 210K miles, right? It's likely you need to do significantly more than new shocks (possibilities are LBJ, LCA (maybe UCA) or LCA bushings, tie-rods (inner/outer) . cam bolts etc etc). First, you need to figure out what all needs replacing besides your shocks, decide on a budget and then go from there...like others have posted, plenty of good options for shocks once you know what you want to spend...:thumbsup:
     
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    maxresdefault.jpg rancho-quicklift-strut-pair_7.jpg Coil overs are adjustable, struts are fixed.
     
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    If you are going LT (really going, not daydreaming) then get something very budget friendly for now because it won't be transferable to a long travel setup.

    If you're not going to go LT then decide what you really need, and don't buy Fox.
     
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    5100's are nice but they don't come assembled, some of the nicer shocks do. I would compare the cost of install vs popping in a preassembled nicer coilover yourself.
     
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    As far as bang for your buck, these 2 options are excellent:


    https://www.toyteclifts.com/ttebtun1-eibach-complete-front-coilovers-2-5-lift-00-06-tundra.html


    https://www.toyteclifts.com/ome-frtun06-ome-front-coilovers-for-00-06-tundra.html
     
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    Yes also he asked for coil overs and 5100 isnt acoilover. The 6100 is the bilstein coilover for our trucks. I love mine.
     
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    @scooterprint could you take some good pics of your suspension and share? Be sure to get pics of where the shock joins the lower arms, might help us see what you're working
     
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    Definitely a good thing to consider! Some places will offer assembly for a small fee.

     
  13. Mar 25, 2020 at 2:48 AM
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    Update: I just picked up a set of Rancho Quicklift front lift struts for $389.xx from Autozone. The price was too good to pass up. Worst-case scenario I don't like them and replace them with a better setup later.

    Thanks for all the input guys.

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  14. Mar 25, 2020 at 5:24 AM
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    I have the Quicklifts, too, and I think they are just really pretty good for the price. I don't do any hardcore offroading and they feel great in everyday driving. I have mine set at 7 or 8 I think (but i have the heaviest beast in the DC 4x4).

    The only time I felt they could be better was when I hit some washboard at 30 mph or so. I felt like at the settings I was running the nose dived like they couldn't rebound fast enough. I don't know if that's normal for all shocks (I hardly ever have to deal with washboard), or if running them softer would remedy the diving and darting I had. But in virtually every other situation they've been great.
     
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    We'll see how she goes. My local mechanic is going to install them for $100 out the door.
     
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