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Old 08-10-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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Need Help Since I have had the TSB done on my Rear Springs

The truck is now raised up in the rear and I want to raise the front to level it out. What do I need to do? What is the best spring for the front to get? Should I get a spacer? Since I had the TSB yesterday, I can tell the rear is lifted some... should i wait and see if it settles down before I get anything to do the fronts? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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use this link and get 5100s for the front of your truck before they run out again.
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5100 set at 1.75" will level it out or if you still want a slight rake, set them @ .85". Search alittle bit and you can find pics of both settings with the tsb
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where can i go to get these put on?
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where can i go to get these put on?
Any 4 wheel shop or even somewhere like merchants would probably do it, but they will charge you out the ass.
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Bilstein 5100s are adjustable shocks that fit inside the springs on the front of our trucks. They offer "stock" height with 0" lift and options of 0.85", 1.75" and 2.5". You can use your stock springs with the 5100s which makes for, IMO, the most economical way to get a moderate front-end lift without completely sacrificing ride quality (spacers suck in the ride quality category).

Notice I said "without completely sacrificing ride quality"... the 5100s achieve lift but pre-loading your springs, effectively reducing the amount of travel they can provide by the amount of lift you have selected. Note this also makes the springs stiffer overall since you have "pre-loaded" them to get your lift. Since the 5100s are better overall shocks than the stock ones you likely will have improved ride quality at the 0" and .85" settings. At 1.75" the ride seems comparable, although noticeably stiffer over bumps. At 2.5", ride quality degrades quite a bit, becoming quite stiff. Some folks like this but it's not for me...

I originally installed my 5100s post-TSB at 1.75". This was after I let the rear settle for a few months and hauling a few heavy loads. The measurements said I was dead-even level front to back but the body lines and my hood scoop really made it look like my front end was slightly higher. I also noticed ride quality was "meh" at 1.75" so I lowered it to 0.85. Now, despite the front end really being 1" lower than the rear it looks right to my eye and the ride quality is still improved over stock.

Putting them on isn't difficult, although many skip using a spring compressor and pay a shop $40-60 bucks to disassemble the struts, remove the old shocks and install the new ones. This just leaves you with removal/replacement of the struts, which isn't too tough even with just basic automotive hand tools. Check out this thread... post 1 has a good walkthrough and the missing pictures showing those steps are on page 9.
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A 4x4 shop if there one close to you. If not your local mechanic should be able to do the install. Its a simple front strut replacement. Just make sure the truck gets a alignment after the install.
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Bilstein 5100s are adjustable shocks that fit inside the springs on the front of our trucks. They offer "stock" height with 0" lift and options of 0.85", 1.75" and 2.5". You can use your stock springs with the 5100s which makes for, IMO, the most economical way to get a moderate front-end lift without completely sacrificing ride quality (spacers suck in the ride quality category).

Notice I said "without completely sacrificing ride quality"... the 5100s achieve lift but pre-loading your springs, effectively reducing the amount of travel they can provide by the amount of lift you have selected. Note this also makes the springs stiffer overall since you have "pre-loaded" them to get your lift. Since the 5100s are better overall shocks than the stock ones you likely will have improved ride quality at the 0" and .85" settings. At 1.75" the ride seems comparable, although noticeably stiffer over bumps. At 2.5", ride quality degrades quite a bit, becoming quite stiff. Some folks like this but it's not for me...

I originally installed my 5100s post-TSB at 1.75". This was after I let the rear settle for a few months and hauling a few heavy loads. The measurements said I was dead-even level front to back but the body lines and my hood scoop really made it look like my front end was slightly higher. I also noticed ride quality was "meh" at 1.75" so I lowered it to 0.85. Now, despite the front end really being 1" lower than the rear it looks right to my eye and the ride quality is still improved over stock.

Putting them on isn't difficult, although many skip using a spring compressor and pay a shop $40-60 bucks to disassemble the struts, remove the old shocks and install the new ones. This just leaves you with removal/replacement of the struts, which isn't too tough even with just basic automotive hand tools. Check out this thread... post 1 has a good walkthrough and the missing pictures showing those steps are on page 9.
Excellent post Chad.
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Excellent post Chad.
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I encourage folks to give the 5100 install a shot as it's a great DIY project with a good payoff. I tackled it with Chris4x4's "How To" article (and one from TN) even though previously the most complex thing I'd done to a vehicle was rotate tires and change fluids and it was an enjoyable afternoon. Now having to take it all apart again to lower it to 0.85" wasn't so enjoyable but I just couldn't leave it looking like an ass-dragger
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The truck is now raised up in the rear and I want to raise the front to level it out. What do I need to do? What is the best spring for the front to get? Should I get a spacer? Since I had the TSB yesterday, I can tell the rear is lifted some... should i wait and see if it settles down before I get anything to do the fronts? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Would you please take a picture of your truck with the TSB and no lift in front? I'm trying to decide if it will work for me. I don't want to lift my truck.
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Just load couple of fat chicks in back and haul 'em around for a while. That will settle 'em!
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Duh. I put block of wood under the hitch and used a jack to raise the back up about 1 inch. That gave me the look I needed to see.
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cant you just put a couple hudred pounds in the back for a month or so.
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