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Old March 7th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default 81 Toyo Build

I picked up a 81 Toyota Pickup last fall, its been fun in the snow with bald 33" tires but it is time for some upgrades. This week I order a skyjacker 5" lift and a Spartan locker that I am going to put out back. Once I get the lift on I will be looking to upgrade to 35s. So far I have one question. What Shocks to order?

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Old March 7th, 2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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I've been happy with my bilstien 5125's
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Old March 7th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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Bilsteins are decent for the money. Honestly, the Skywalker lift probably won't ride great.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 07:59 PM   #4
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Old March 8th, 2014, 12:57 PM   #6
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Here are a couple of what I am starting with.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 01:11 PM   #7
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I'm kinda looking for a first gen, instead of buying shocks and lift you could sell it to me...haha
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Old March 8th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #8
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Sweet! Another vintage Yota!

I am running Old Man Emu springs and shocks. I am very happy with the ride quality. Let's be honest, we ARE talking about a leaf-sprung truck after all.

With that said, I'd run shocks that are built to go with the springs. Another-words, Skyjacker springs and Skyjacker shocks. The reason being is that they engineer the two together...spring rates and damping rates.

I am running 33's, 4:88 gears and Spartans front and rear.
This combo really works for me.
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Love em old yotas!
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I picked up a 81 Toyota Pickup last fall, its been fun in the snow with bald 33" tires but it is time for some upgrades. This week I order a skyjacker 5" lift and a Spartan locker that I am going to put out back. Once I get the lift on I will be looking to upgrade to 35s. So far I have one question. What Shocks to order?

Any Suggestions?

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What did you decide on?
Just curious of what works for others.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 06:50 PM   #11
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What did you decide on?
Just curious of what works for others.
I went with Sky Jacker R7000s. They are better than what I pulled off of it. I got the lift on last weekend and tires yesterday. Pictures to follow.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 07:02 PM   #12
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Finally got it together. The first pics are of the locker install. I need to get gears before the rear end explodes.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 07:06 PM   #13
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Here are some more. I was a little under the gun to finish up so I did not take to many.
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I was out shooting today and decided to see how it flexed. I am pretty happy with how it did. Dose anyone extend drive shafts? I am going cheap, I am thinking about going to dual cases this summer.
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NOW I am kicking my self in the ass for letting that one get away !!! nice work
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Love those 1st gens (SRC's is one of the nicest you will ever see too!). Please do not butcher it! I will be #2 in line for it!
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Word in the street is it has a nice dent on the front fender

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Love those 1st gens (SRC's is one of the nicest you will ever see too!). Please do not butcher it! I will be #2 in line for it!
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The word is correct. Wheelin will do that.
I have some new body protection now.
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At this point I am not planning on doing anything crazy to it. I am just going to clean up some of the dents and dings and add some paint.
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I was out shooting today and decided to see how it flexed. I am pretty happy with how it did. Dose anyone extend drive shafts? I am going cheap, I am thinking about going to dual cases this summer.
How much do you need to extend. Many guys add a spacer to the flange. Marlin makes them. I have 2 of them out in the garage, a used aluminum one and a new steel one.
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