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Old 04-09-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
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Rear 5100 install pain in the rear

I installed my 5100's yesterday but it wasnt as easy as everyone says on here. I had to put a pair of vice grips on top of the shock to keep it from turning and after that it was ok. Then I took the stock bilstein's off and put the rear 5100's on and it a pain to get the shock compressed and get the bolt through the mount at the same time. A little wd 40 on the rubber mounts helped but keeping the shock compressed was extremely hard while trying to get the bolt through. I love them though. Just not as easy as you think if your going to install yourself
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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I installed my 5100's yesterday but it wasnt as easy as everyone says on here. I had to put a pair of vice grips on top of the shock to keep it from turning and after that it was ok. Then I took the stock bilstein's off and put the rear 5100's on and it a pain to get the shock compressed and get the bolt through the mount at the same time. A little wd 40 on the rubber mounts helped but keeping the shock compressed was extremely hard while trying to get the bolt through. I love them though. Just not as easy as you think if your going to install yourself
The top of the 5100's have an allen wrench hole so you can prevent them from spinning while tightening the bolt.
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Aren't you supposed to lift up the frame with another jack, then slowly lower the axle jack, until the axle is at full droop?
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:31 PM   #4
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Aren't you supposed to lift up the frame with another jack, then slowly lower the axle jack, until the axle is at full droop?
Yes, this also....
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:44 PM   #7
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mine were easy. i put the procomp mx-6. grow stronger.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:12 PM   #8
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The top of the 5100's have an allen wrench hole so you can prevent them from spinning while tightening the bolt.
I realize that, the stock ones were the hard ones to get off.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:28 PM   #9
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When I did mine I put the rear axle on jack stands, then when I was ready to install the lower bolt, I put the jack under my hitch and jacked the body up so the bolt slipped right in. I used the same technique for my AAL install and the axle shims.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:27 AM   #10
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When I did mine I put the rear axle on jack stands, then when I was ready to install the lower bolt, I put the jack under my hitch and jacked the body up so the bolt slipped right in. I used the same technique for my AAL install and the axle shims.
Well that sounds way better than what I did, you live and you learn, My shoulders are killing me from compressing those things, think I tore something..... haha but no really
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:35 AM   #11
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I realize that, the stock ones were the hard ones to get off.
I had to cut my stockers off. I couldn't get enough grip on the shock body with channel locks to back the top nut off. PB Blaster didn't even do the trick so I resorted to a hack saw. Installing the 5100's was a breeze though, just put the tops loosely in place, lay on your back under the truck, push up to compress the shock and let it come down into the shock seat. I had to use a center punch to line up the hole in order to get the bolt through but overall I didn't think it was an overly difficult process at all.
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I had to cut my stockers off. I couldn't get enough grip on the shock body with channel locks to back the top nut off. PB Blaster didn't even do the trick so I resorted to a hack saw. Installing the 5100's was a breeze though, just put the tops loosely in place, lay on your back under the truck, push up to compress the shock and let it come down into the shock seat. I had to use a center punch to line up the hole in order to get the bolt through but overall I didn't think it was an overly difficult process at all.

it wasnt to bad just painful, when compressing the shock with one hand and bolt in the other trying to get it through, When I got it though it was like the first time I.....haha well you know
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