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Remote Reservoir Pros & Cons

Hey gang! Quick question: I have a 2012 TT and am going with a 3” ToyTec lift. I’ll only be doing moderate wheeling and no crazy stuff. What’s the deal on going with the remote reservoirs or not? I know that the 2014 UTT came with TRD suspension with Bilsteins and remotes, but that’s a different setup than the Toytec of course. Would they even matter in my case? Thanks! Stumper

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In my opinion (and based on opinion and real-time testing of some experts I know) remote reservoirs are overrated for all but the few who do desert racing. The resis allow more oil volume and more rapid cooling so the response doesnít fade. Many people get resis because they think it looks cool and figure it canít hurt. Personally Iíd rather spend that mod money on other things. In your case I think it would be a waste, so buy the best suspension you can. Which Toytec lift are you considering? I have the Boss 2.5 up front and Radflo long travel rear and itís fantastic, both for hard wheeling and on the street. The Boss kit uses Radflo shocks front and rear and are excellent, as is Toytec in general.
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I agree with Deb. If you do high speed dirt road driving, or drive on washboard dirt roads a lot, a remote reservoir shock might be helpful. Otherwise, use that money for other mods.
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We use them in crawling because it allows for a shorter shock body due to the internal floating piston being in the reservoir. Good remote res coil overs have shorter bodies compared to their nos res counterparts. There are other reasons but that is the main one. For the price difference, I'd always go remote.
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Re: Remote Reservoir Pros & Cons

Thanks Deb! I’m also going with the Boss 2.5 extended travel in the front. The rear is where I’m trying to decide. I’m leaning towards no remotes based on your suggestions and even what ToyTec here in Denver is recommending for what I’m planning to do with her...
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Go remote and preventatively keep your shocks from heating up and thereby reducing their effectiveness.
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Re: Remote Reservoir Pros & Cons

For mild wheeling forget them. If you hammer your FJ and go hard and want a premium option, get them. A big reason to get them is they can come with adjusters, don't think Toytec does that though.
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Thanks Deb! Iím also going with the Boss 2.5 extended travel in the front. The rear is where Iím trying to decide. Iím leaning towards no remotes based on your suggestions and even what ToyTec here in Denver is recommending for what Iím planning to do with her...
I have the Toytec extended travel 2.5 coilovers as well. If you can afford to put some 2.5 Radflo shocks on the rear do it. I used the toy tec boss 2.0 rear shock. While they are good they are not the ride that a 2.5 shock is. I am planning to change over to 2.5 rear shocks when I get paid in May. Radflo makes it in both a reservoir and non-reservoir shock.
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Re: Remote Reservoir Pros & Cons

The boss 2.5 . set up is great . I am switching my rear around so i have changed everything and have gone with the Metal Tech rear long travel set up . Just because i am more for show and less for go , this time i opted to try the Radflo 2.5 rears with remotes . My Radflo 2.5 non remotes have been excellent . With the 2.5 rears you can remove the rear sway bar and not have any issues .
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