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Old 11-09-2019, 03:52 AM #1
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Best Suspension Upgrade for the Money

So this is a topic Iíve seen over and over. The debate goes on and on. And I would just like to clarify a few things.

I just bought my 97 4runner and it has stock suspension. I want something that feels like itís floating over speed bumps.

Iím thinking the best and cheapest option is 6122 in the front and the 5100 in the back.

However I keep reading that coil overs stiffen the ride. Is that only if you have them at max hight? I donít care about lift. I want something that feels like long travel.

Is it worth it to get the Kings, or icons? Or will the 6112s be good enough.

I donít want to get the 6112s and regret it.
So for guys who have the 6112 do love it? Or did you settle for the cheaper option.

Thank you for the replies!
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So this is a topic Iíve seen over and over. The debate goes on and on. And I would just like to clarify a few things.

I just bought my 97 4runner and it has stock suspension. I want something that feels like itís floating over speed bumps.

Iím thinking the best and cheapest option is 6122 in the front and the 5100 in the back.

However I keep reading that coil overs stiffen the ride. Is that only if you have them at max hight? I donít care about lift. I want something that feels like long travel.

Is it worth it to get the Kings, or icons? Or will the 6112s be good enough.

I donít want to get the 6112s and regret it.
So for guys who have the 6112 do love it? Or did you settle for the cheaper option.

Thank you for the replies!
For what it's worth there are 2 versions of 6112's that will fit: a 3rd gen 4Runner specific and a 1st gen Tundra specific. The 3rd gen 4Runner 6112's have a softer coil spring rate (550 lbs/in) vs 1st gen Tundra 6112's (650 lbs/in) so they will ride better without any extra front end weight like an aftermarket bumper, winch, and skid plates. Lower height settings will ride better as well.
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"For the money" really spends on your budget and goals, and also what you're willing to get rid of in the process. A very good suspension setup can be had for in the neighborhood of 600$ all said and done, but you can't just order it all online and be done with it.

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So this is a topic I’ve seen over and over. The debate goes on and on. And I would just like to clarify a few things.

I just bought my 97 4runner and it has stock suspension. I want something that feels like it’s floating over speed bumps.

I’m thinking the best and cheapest option is 6122 in the front and the 5100 in the back.

However I keep reading that coil overs stiffen the ride. Is that only if you have them at max hight? I don’t care about lift. I want something that feels like long travel.

Is it worth it to get the Kings, or icons? Or will the 6112s be good enough.

I don’t want to get the 6112s and regret it.
So for guys who have the 6112 do love it? Or did you settle for the cheaper option.

Thank you for the replies!
I run 5100 in my 5th gen 4th gen, 3rd gen and my tundra and it was the best change I made on my suspension. The 4th really drives great on the road and handles fabulous on fire roads. The 3rd gen had to get new springs n bushings because they were old as the vehicle. So if u have a 97 be prepared to replace some other stock suspension parts as you upgrade to new high performance struts shocks which point out weakness in other places.

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Okay thanks for the warning on the extra suspension parts. I think ive decided to go with the 4runner 6112's and upgrade other suspension parts. Going to 4wheel parts to get the low down on everything I need!
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If you want it to feel like you're floating over speed bumps good luck with the 6112s. Bilstein makes nice shocks believe me. I have them on my truck but the 6112 series couldn't begin to be compared to a king coilover.
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I have 6112's in the front with 5100's with OME coils in the rear. Absolutely an upgrade from stock. I definitely don't feel like I'm floating going over speed bumps. Still lots of road feel. Really good bang for your buck. Also a factor is the tire you will be running and the type of terrain you'll be on. So many options make your head spin.

If you are going to lift, definitely budget in the panhard correction kit.

Would I recommend the 6112's and 5100's, yes. If you can wait for a black Friday sale, then even better.

But I have never ridden in someones ride with Kings. Hear they are worth it...
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I have 6112's in the front with 5100's with OME coils in the rear. Absolutely an upgrade from stock. I definitely don't feel like I'm floating going over speed bumps. Still lots of road feel. Really good bang for your buck. Also a factor is the tire you will be running and the type of terrain you'll be on. So many options make your head spin.

If you are going to lift, definitely budget in the panhard correction kit.

Would I recommend the 6112's and 5100's, yes. If you can wait for a black Friday sale, then even better.

But I have never ridden in someones ride with Kings. Hear they are worth it...
808Waterman,

What perch are you running the 6112's on, what OME coils are you using and how much lift did you get?

I've been searching like crazy to get info on this lift or something similar with possibly the 5160 in the back.
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If you want it to feel like you're floating over speed bumps good luck with the 6112s. Bilstein makes nice shocks believe me. I have them on my truck but the 6112 series couldn't begin to be compared to a king coilover.
Obviously I was exaggerating on the floating.
But you answered my question. Get the Kings lol.
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looks Like Iím going to be running the Stage 1 icon extended travel coil overs! And the icon rear shocks! Iím so stoked!! I love this community!
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Obviously I was exaggerating on the floating.
But you answered my question. Get the Kings lol.
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looks Like Iím going to be running the Stage 1 icon extended travel coil overs! And the icon rear shocks! Iím so stoked!! I love this community!
I think you just need to look at your needs and uses for the truck, as well as your expectations for maintenance costs and wrenching time.

I've built a lot of trucks and ran Fox 2.5's with DSC's and resi's, Icon 2.5's with resi's, OME stuff, Bilstein 5100's, and now have Bilstein 6112's on my 3rd gen. I wrote a small review in my build thread you might find interesting.

Kings/Icons/Fox/ADS etc will perform better than the Bilsteins. They will also squeak more and need more maintenance which comes at a physical cost (repalcement parts) and time (yours or the shop you're paying to rebuild/repair them). Is it worth it? Depends on your uses and needs.

Check post #66 in my build thread HERE.

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I think you just need to look at your needs and uses for the truck, as well as your expectations for maintenance costs and wrenching time.

I've built a lot of trucks and ran Fox 2.5's with DSC's and resi's, Icon 2.5's with resi's, OME stuff, Bilstein 5100's, and now have Bilstein 6112's on my 3rd gen. I wrote a small review in my build thread you might find interesting.

Kings/Icons/Fox/ADS etc will perform better than the Bilsteins. They will also squeak more and need more maintenance which comes at a physical cost (repalcement parts) and time (yours or the shop you're paying to rebuild/repair them). Is it worth it? Depends on your uses and needs.

Check post #66 in my build thread HERE.

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So I just purchase the Icon stage 1 extended travel kit with 2.5" front coil overs, and 2" rear shocks. Along with the set of tubular upper control arms for extended travel and alignment correction. Upgraded hardware from All pro for the upper control arms. An All Pro diff drop kit. Toytec superflex rear springs, a weld on EMK panhard correction kit, and new oem rear shock bolts!

Im debating tackling the job myself or I can get a shop to do it for $450. Do you guys think this is something a novice can do on their own? I dont want to do it, and mess it up and waste all the money I just spent.
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Replace bushings. To me, that's the best bang for the buck. Cheap, but takes a good amount of time/effort to install. I installed KYB shocks in mine. They're good, but a bit stiff. I would inspect the strut mounts too.
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So I just purchase the Icon stage 1 extended travel kit with 2.5" front coil overs, and 2" rear shocks. Along with the set of tubular upper control arms for extended travel and alignment correction. Upgraded hardware from All pro for the upper control arms. An All Pro diff drop kit. Toytec superflex rear springs, a weld on EMK panhard correction kit, and new oem rear shock bolts!

Im debating tackling the job myself or I can get a shop to do it for $450. Do you guys think this is something a novice can do on their own? I dont want to do it, and mess it up and waste all the money I just spent.
Nice! That's a pretty solid setup. Depends on how handy you are... it's a pretty basic job but you will need a welder for the Eimkeith PCK.
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