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I have a bone stock '98 Tacoma 4x4 reg cab with the 225 tires - I use it mainly for commuting. It's way overdue for a new set of shocks. I'm thinking about getting the Bilsteins from shox.com. Would those shocks work well with the smaller tires or are they tuned more for the 265 and larger tires? If not the Bilsteins what else would work well with my setup?

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hr_sea said:
I have a bone stock '98 Tacoma 4x4 reg cab with the 225 tires - I use it mainly for commuting. It's way overdue for a new set of shocks. I'm thinking about getting the Bilsteins from shox.com. Would those shocks work well with the smaller tires or are they tuned more for the 265 and larger tires? If not the Bilsteins what else would work well with my setup?

Thanks to all in advance.
Go with the Bilsteins- Best stock height replacement shocks-
Tire size has no relevance

Front: B46-2284 (x2)
Left Rear: B46-2285
Right Rear: B46-2286
 

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The Monroe SensaTrac shocks are also a excellent shock. I use them on my 4runner and they have been great.

If you do some searching online you'll find Bilsteins for around $80-$100 per shock for your truck.

here's one link to start:
http://www.woodlawnrv.com/Products/Bilstein/toyota_trucks and utility.asp

the thing with shox.com is that their online store does not show the model # of the shock they are selling you. i suggest you call them and find out what model # it is you are buying.

i have the shocks grillmasterp has listed. they definitely make the ride stiffer.
 

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I got my Bils from Performance Products. I got them shipped for $300. Hell of a deal if you ask me. I love them and would highly recommend them.
 

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hr_sea said:
Thank you everybody for the replys!

How much stiffer is the ride?
- not enough to complain about or feel unfomfortable

I considered it a big improvement over stock ride-
Reduced much of the body roll & "bounciness" of the stock ride
 

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Here's a tidbit since you'll be doing new shocks. The drivers side (with oem springs and some aftermarket springs) has a dip to it because of the extra weight on that side (battery, gas, driver). You can add a shim(s) under the shock tower mount (under the rubber) to add a tad of preload to driverside spring thus reducing the dip on that side.

after 2 days of searching for a off-the-shelf shim in metal and of correct size, i finally found it and is very inexpensive.

goto mcmaster.com Raw Materials and Springs >>> Shim Stock and you will find Plain Steel shims that will work.
 

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- not enough to complain about or feel unfomfortable

I considered it a big improvement over stock ride-
Reduced much of the body roll & "bounciness" of the stock ride
Exactly what he said.

My '03 reg/cab 2wd prerunner had a tremendous amount of body roll w/stock crap shocks. I installed a set of Bisteins w/1" Daystar spacers ASAP after purchase. A killer improvement indeed.

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hr_sea said:
I have a bone stock '98 Tacoma 4x4 reg cab with the 225 tires - I use it mainly for commuting. It's way overdue for a new set of shocks. I'm thinking about getting the Bilsteins from shox.com. Would those shocks work well with the smaller tires or are they tuned more for the 265 and larger tires? If not the Bilsteins what else would work well with my setup?

Thanks to all in advance.

i just bought a set of bilsteins of ebay brand new w/shipping was $275..put them on and the ride was a hell of a lot better than before..i have a 2000 4x4 reg. cab with 98,000 miles...
 

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I bought the Bils HD's and 5100's for my truck. I have only heard good things about these shocks from everyone on the board and also other car/truck friends of mine around town. Bils are known threwout the performance world as a dependable long lasting shock w/ loads of potential.
 

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I'm talking front and rear. It looks like the rears will be cake, but the fronts with the coil-overs look like more work?

Before a lift, I'll have to assess the $$$ situations. I'll probably be looking at different tires/wheels, which would mean figuring out how much an axle ratio swap will be for bigger tires. The 2.7L is pretty weak as it is. Of course...can't touch the axles without getting a limited slip or a locker....

I'm a little north of Seattle, WA.
 

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I did my front's myself, changed the Tockicos over to Billy's. It wasn't bad because I had use of a full blown garage with a lift and a wall mounted spring compressor. The wall mount unit makes the job a TON safer and lett nerve racking.
 

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Another shock suggestion request

Just thought I'd bring this back from the dead instead of making a new post. I'm in desperate need of some new shocks on my truck as well. I may be asking for the impossible but I'd like something that would work on a stock suspension setup, but that would also accomodate a 3"-4" suspension lift in the future. I'd like the shocks to somewhat reduce body roll when driving on the street, as well as eat up all of the off-road-like potholes on our Missouri roads. I don't want the truck to ride like a chuck wagon but I don't want a really squishy ride as well. It's a truck for cryin out loud. So does anyone want to step up and tell me that I'm insane, or make a suggestion on some shocks if I'm not? As far as budget goes, it's not unlimited but I can't limit it either since shocks are kinda necessary. Thanks for the help.
 
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