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Old 11-27-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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Rear Bilstein 5100's upside down???

I was checking out a website at offroad.com and found an article on the install of some 5100's. The picture shows the shaft boot on the bottom. This was apparantly on a 1st gen taco. Is there something different between 1st and second. I just put my 5100's on my 07 with no instructions included from DSMS and put them on the same direction the stock Billys came off. Am I missing something here??

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:04 PM   #2
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I was checking out a website at offroad.com and found an article on the install of some 5100's. The picture shows the shaft boot on the bottom. This was apparantly on a 1st gen taco. Is there something different between 1st and second. I just put my 5100's on my 07 with no instructions included from DSMS and put them on the same direction the stock Billys came off. Am I missing something here??

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DN

Your not missing anything. You installed them the right way. Looks like the guy @ off-road wasnt paying attention. Cant say I havent done the same hing.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:08 PM   #3
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My boot isnt on the bottom
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:30 PM   #4
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It really doesn't matter, it will still do its job whether the boot is facing up or down.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:32 PM   #5
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It really doesn't matter, it will still do its job whether the boot is facing up or down.
Depending on the shock. Many times rebound is slower than the compresion dampening, so if the shock is fliped, for compresion, you now have the rebound dampening trying to control the spring. Its better to mount them propperly. Just my $0.02
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My 5125's came from toytech with the eye-to-stud adapter mounted on the opposite end of the boot. I installed mine with the boot at the bottom - should i reverse this? rides great the way it is..
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I was checking out a website at offroad.com and found an article on the install of some 5100's. The picture shows the shaft boot on the bottom. This was apparantly on a 1st gen taco. Is there something different between 1st and second. I just put my 5100's on my 07 with no instructions included from DSMS and put them on the same direction the stock Billys came off. Am I missing something here??

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DN

Mine are mounted just like this ^^^ its the way they go on a first gen
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:38 AM   #8
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My 5125's came from toytech with the eye-to-stud adapter mounted on the opposite end of the boot. I installed mine with the boot at the bottom - should i reverse this? rides great the way it is..
Contact Bilstien and find out what the compression damping, and the rebound damping are on that shock. I cant find my info, but I belive the compression damping is speed sensative, and a slower damping rate (allowing fast spring movement), while the rebound is a single rate, and allows a slower spring movement. If thats the case, I would reverse them so the shock boot is "up".
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