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Shock Replacement Options #4692450
03/12/18 12:00 PM
03/12/18 12:00 PM
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The Capital
LOLVO Offline OP
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This dealer where I get my vehicle(02 Tacoma) serviced for oil change told me that my rear shocks are leaking.
They quoted me $400ish for replacement.
Should I get the front shocks replaced at the same time?
They havenít told me anything about front shocks so I am assuming they are still ok and I am looking for a stock level setup. I just want the truck to look like itís stock and not interested in lifting it at all.
Are there any aftermarket brands that anyone can recommend?

Thank you

Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692452
03/12/18 12:04 PM
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If the Tacoma still has the OEM shocks should make for an easy decision don't you think?

Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692467
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I replaced the front and rear shocks on my 2012 Tundra that only had 15K miles on them and they were pretty much done.

Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692470
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If you can afford it and both front and rear are original, replace both the ride will go back to original quality. That is if you plan on keeping it awhile.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4692471
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LOLVO Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Yah-Tah-Hey
If the Tacoma still has the OEM shocks should make for an easy decision don't you think?


Itís still on OEM shocks after 15 or so years since its birth.
I am not sure when it started leaking.

I was wondering if the aftermarket would be a cheaper option.

My other option is to get the OEM shocks and take it to an independent shop.

Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692477
03/12/18 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted By: LOLVO
Originally Posted By: Yah-Tah-Hey
If the Tacoma still has the OEM shocks should make for an easy decision don't you think?


Itís still on OEM shocks after 15 or so years since its birth.
I am not sure when it started leaking.

I was wondering if the aftermarket would be a cheaper option.

My other option is to get the OEM shocks and take it to an independent shop.


KYB shocks are good. I hate Monroe who also makes Rancho. Terrible lifespan and reliability.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692497
03/12/18 01:21 PM
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I agree with the KYB suggestion and replacing all at the same time if you can afford it.

At the same time, I would strongly suggest checking all the other components... tie rods, bearings, ball joints, etc. Good time to freshen everything up if none of it has been done yet.

My dad had the ball joints done on the front of his 98 Ram and I tried to get him to do everything. He decided to save $$$ and now, a few months later, he is having to replace it all.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692534
03/12/18 01:51 PM
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Michigan
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speaking of KYB vs Toyota OEM.. here's a link..

https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4664344/all/KYB_vs_OEM_struts

short version: get the Toyota OEM and don't look back. Save yourself the trouble.

Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692546
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$400 includes part AND labor is a good deal.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692593
03/12/18 03:04 PM
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On a pick-up with their generally buck-board ride, I'd go Rancho 5000 in OEM length. They will not raise the vehicle, but the ride will be soooo much better smile


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692633
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Bilstein HD 4600 or KYB MonoMax

Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692643
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I've had nothing but awful ride quality with aftermarket shocks. I go on Amazon/Rock Auto/Ebay and look for OEM parts available at a discount. But I do all the work myself.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692664
03/12/18 04:17 PM
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Rule of thumb is replace them once they hit 125K (stretch would be 150K).
Having them replaced earlier gives you a better ride and the new ones can go for another 125K.
Replacing all of them is definetly the best option, if you haven't changed the fronts.

Stick with OEM and bite the bullet from a cost standpoint. Shop online for OEM shocks.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: MaximaGuy] #4692671
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Originally Posted By: MaximaGuy
Rule of thumb is replace them once they hit 125K (stretch would be 150K).
Having them replaced earlier gives you a better ride and the new ones can go for another 125K.
Replacing all of them is definetly the best option, if you haven't changed the fronts.

Stick with OEM and bite the bullet from a cost standpoint. Shop online for OEM shocks.


Oh good. My truck only has 109K on it, so I'll just leave the blown out shocks on it until it hits 125K.


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Re: Shock Replacement Options [Re: LOLVO] #4692674
03/12/18 04:27 PM
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Slovenia EU
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Originally Posted By: LOLVO

Are there any aftermarket brands that anyone can recommend?

Thank you


https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4668447/Bilstein_vs_KYB_vs_ZF_Group_vs


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