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Unread 01-22-2015, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default I need some help in deciding on best suspension solution

Ok, I've read through the 250 or so threads on the suspension options....and don't want to beat a dead horse. I have a 2006 Sport package with KDSS that my dad bought new and I bought from him at around 60K in 2008. It now has 135K and the ride is terrible. I definitely need new shocks, and am considering changing out the airbags since I am tired of the intermittent lean to the passenger side (already changed sensors once about 4 years ago). In most everything I've read, it seems people are swapping the springs and achieving a lift in the rear. I would like to keep as close to stock as possible since it is the wife's ride, and we really don't wheel it. Usually take my Tundra if we are heading out into the wilderness.

My thoughts are to go with Bilstein 5100 all around (I'm assuming 2006 4Runner spec will work best), and would like to know which spring would work best especially if I want to use the GX470 Rear Coil Conversion Complete Kit from Metaltech. I am not wanting a lift, and would like to keep the ride as close to the stock Sport setting on the adjustables (when they worked properly).

I know I could replace with factory parts to achieve that, but I don't feel like spending that kind of coin, and would rather not have to worry about the sensors going out again since I plan on keeping this vehicle until the wheels fall off....plus I don't tow with this so lack of rear airbags is not a huge loss for me.

Sorry again for beating a dead horse...just wanted a slightly different angle than I saw on previous posts.

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Unread 01-22-2015, 12:51 PM   #2
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Just go 5100s all around and find some stock FJ or 4runner springs (front/rear) to maintain factory height and ride. Plenty of people are selling them or giving those away after lift.
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Unread 01-22-2015, 01:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I see you are suggesting I use 4runner/FJ coils front/rear...do I need to change out the front coils on the GX to work with the Bilsteins?
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Unread 01-22-2015, 04:24 PM   #4
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Yes you can reuse the GX front suspension coils to adapt to the 5100 front strut, you will need a spring compressor.
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Unread 01-23-2015, 11:42 PM   #5
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I am using the 5100 front struts with stock springs. Very simple job, no spring compressor needed. It won't give you a nice Lexus ride however. I'm not happy with the 5100s in front, and I'm looking forward to wearing them out so that I can replace them. I still have airbags in back since I'm not having any issues with them yet.

If I were you, I would replace your front struts leaving the stock springs.

If you are curious on how to do it without a spring compressor, this is how I did my GX and my neighbor's Armada:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E6u7dC7EHg
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Unread 01-26-2015, 05:40 PM   #6
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That video makes me feel like I can do it myself....might have to give it a try. Thanks!
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Unread 01-26-2015, 09:36 PM   #7
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Yeah man. Not hard to do. The GX was very easy (Armada, notsomuch). The hardest part was getting in there to remove the electrical connector for the sport setting that goes to the top of the stock strut. I had to drop the sway bar to get the lower control arm to drop far enough to get the strut out, but if you do both sides at the same time, you shouldn't have to. I think the first side took two hours, the second side took 45 minutes (lessons learned).
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