Bilstein 5100 Leveling Shocks On A Toyota Tacoma - The Next Step In LevelingPosted in How To on November 1, 2010 0) (
If you need to get a couple extra inches out of your front end, and you have an IFS truck or SUV, then there is a great, cost-effective option out there that not only puts you a couple extra inches in the air, it also greatly improves the ride with better shock dampening and suspension control.
For the price of some strut spacer kits, you can get completely new Bilstein 5100 Leveling Shocks to replace the strut (or coilover) front suspension on most popular IFS trucks made today. At a little more than $100 each, it's hard to beat a complete replacement shock that takes your original coil hardware and allows you the adjustability of 0, 1, 2, or 3 inches of suspension lift.
We tried a pair of the 5100 Leveling Shocks out on a new Tacoma 2WD Prerunner truck, and complemented them with rear Bilstein 5100 shocks to match. For less than $400, we had new high-end shocks at all four corners and the ability to lift (or level) the front of this Tacoma.
We took the Tacoma out for a test drive shortly after installing the Bilstein 5100 shocks and adding some 31-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires. Though the original shocks on this truck were still in good condition, the ride was hugely improved. Handling felt better even on highway corners. There was less lean in the truck and it didn't feel like the rear would come around as much. The spring rates were kept completely the same, but the truck just felt a little more responsive.