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Old 01-27-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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I have a 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4WD with a 3 in. Tuff Country suspension lift. The lift is pretty old too. I don't know exactly how much lift the front spacers and rear blocks give my truck but I was looking into replacing my shocks with Bilstein 5100 Adj shocks in the front (I would remove the spacer in the front) and my back shocks with the regular Bilstein 5100 shocks. I was wondering if the Bilstein 5100 Adj shocks would give my truck the same amount of lift in the front as the spacers and also if the rear shocks would work with the lift blocks I have installed. Also would the Bilstein shocks give my truck a noticeably smoother ride? I am running 32" tires and I would like the Bilstein shocks to not make my truck sit any lower. Please help!
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the 5100's will lift your truck up to 2.5" and will ride better than the spacer. the rear 5100's are good for up to 3" of lift so it depends on how tall the block is.

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ok thanks! Im pretty sure the rear block is no bigger than 3 in. so I should be good.
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Any other answers out there? Or suggestions of another way I could give my truck about 3 in. of lift and still have a smooth ride?
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If you have 32's just get the adjustable bilstein shocks for the front and set them on the mid setting. For the rear, trash the blocks and go with a small(long) lift add-a-leaf kit or shackle kit with the bilsteins in the rear too.
I use to have 32s on my atock height truck with no rubbing, so you won't need that much lift to clear them. Every truck is different though.
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So these shocks you speak of lift our truck without new springs? Are they stiff as hell?
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yes, they lift your truck and ride better than the stockers
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