Overweight? Up Your Rate!
When outfitting a trail rig with an aftermarket bumper, winch, and heavy-duty skidplates, things start getting heavy, and heavy can be a problem on your suspension. Our ’04 Tacoma double cab had Bilstein coilover shocks but only 500-pound-rated springs. It worked fine with just an aftermarket bumper but was not up to the task of controlling our now heavyset Tacoma when we added a winch.
The folks at Toytec, a company that specializes in lifting and modifying Toyotas, had a solution to our dilemma. They recommended a set of their 600-pound rated Bilstein adjustable front coilover shocks. This bolt-on front coilover lift is similar to what we had before, as it utilizes maintenance-free Bilstein 5100 shocks. However, this one uses a different mounting system and comes with a variety of coil spring rates.
These particular Toytec coilovers are available for the ’951⁄2-’04 Tacoma and ’96-’02 4Runner with three different front coil rates depending on front weight and vehicle type. The light 500-pound coils we had are recommended for four-cylinder and standard cab models only. The 600-pound coils are for additional front weight on all models, including the double cab like ours. Toytec also offers heavy-duty 650-pound coils to be used with at least 200 pounds of additional front weight from aftermarket accessories like heavy front bumpers and steel cable line winch combos.
The Toytec coilovers come assembled for easy driveway or shop installation, requiring just handtools and no spring compressor. The upgrade was easy, and we were truly impressed with the difference a 600-pounds coil spring can make on the coilover.