Been looking through suspension threads, mostly on tacomaworld.com and trying to find more here on WTW, but not finding much. Since my question is specific to my truck with FWC, i think it's best to ask here.
What are people running for shocks and overall suspension setups on 2nd or 3rd gen tacomas with 6' bed.
I have an 8' ranger II and the CG is behind the axle by about a foot. I haven't weighed it yet, but it's the full camper with fridge/heater/stove/sink so it's probably close to 1000lbs dry and I think I have about 1500lbs payload so i'm right near the max with my girlfriend, 2 dogs and a bit of food/water.
I've put firestone bags with daystar cradles under the rear and it made a huge difference. I had the Bilstein 5100s on the front, but I noticed uneven tire wear so I think it's time to take care of this once and for all. I'm hoping for a buy once cry once kind of install which has me looking at rebuildable shocks/coil overs. Accutune Offroad is looking really appealing since they build the shock custom for your setup at no extra charge (guessing this is built into their price though or just that they probably rarely if ever have sales). Anyway, they recommend going to a Fox remote Reservoir Tundra shock in the rear with compression adjusters that they've custom made to fit Tacomas. This would be to handle all the extra weight of the camper. Of course these are incredibly pricey (~$400/shock i think). They also recommend going to a 2.5 in shock up front specifically for the Tacoma due to weight i believe. I asked them about the ARB BP-51 and they highly recommend against an internal bypass for on-road performance (but didn't really say why) They also weren't super familiar with the product and don't offer it as an option.
I read of one person with the remote reservoir Kings that seemed pretty happy with them on here. Wondering if anyone else is running those or the rebuildable Bilsteins and what people think.
I'm also looking at front coilovers (0-3" lift) to "buy/cry once" as a total solution.
Anybody have remote reservoirs with adjusters and actually use the adjusters? Are they night and day kind of performance or just a gadget that provides a marginal improvement? Are rebuildable shocks worth it or is it better to just replace shocks potentially more often due to the extra weight and rough terrain?
Many thanks in advance for the advice!