Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Englewood Colorado
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a couple of things. Believe or not the OEM steel wheels ("steelies") are fairly rare and in high demand. I advise that if you replace them, you put them aside in your attic or basement.
I like the SCS wheels and those are a good option but I would also point you to the Konig Countersteer X and Konig Countersteer Offroad as potential candidates. I would stick to a wheel no wider than 8" and backspacing between 4.0" and 4.84" (stock backspacing is 4.84"). Take a look at the offerings from FN Wheels.
I would look at the Toytec Ultimate Lift or Toytec Boss lift more than the 'adjustable' 5100 Bilsteins. The reason i put the "adjustable" part in scare quotes is that they really arent all that adjustable as you have to remove them from the vehicle, compress the spring, remove the top hat and readjust the spring land to change the height. Not exactly easily adjustable. When looking for adjustable front coilovers, you want to get the kind that have an infinitely adjustable threaded spring perch to change the preload on the spring.
The Toytec Ultimate uses the 5100 Bilstein shocks, they just put on an adjustable, threaded spring perch allowing you to tune the height.
And, you are right, you can spend big money on suspension. To me the Toytec Ultimate is the 'budget' or first level of suspension upgrade. There are plenty of others out there that have adjustable coilovers...such as Fox, King, Icon, SwayAWay, Ironman, Bilstein 6100 etc.