I realize that there are many threads in the forum on the pros and cons of level kits, as well as on 5100s...but I can not find one that addresses quite the following situation...
2004 Tundra 4x4 Limited, 4 door
Readylift level kit installed in front
2.5 inch wheel spacers installed in front
BFG A/T KO 285/70 R 17's
Recently replaced ball joints as a result of re-call
Original factory shocks
I take my son and some of his scout troop off-road once a month or so to go camping, back loaded with packs, and the original shocks are not doing the job when I do. I would like to replace them with some shocks that will not destroy the on-road performance, and give me better (ie more firm) performance off road.
I gave Bilstein a call to ask if they would recommend the 'standard' 5100s, and the representative stated that he would not recommend any of their shocks for use with a level kit and that I should a) remove the level kit and b) level by installing the 5100 Ride Height Adjustable shocks instead of the standard 5100s. The concern was that the 'standard' 5100's would not perform, and possibly break, as a result of being over extended from the lift.
I am not a mechanic, and just want to do what is safe and not cost prohibitive. Paying to remove the lift does seem like an added cost.
PS My CVs are now slightly parted and throwing grease. Toyota service recommended clamps.