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Old 06-29-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Estimated time on 5100 install??

Gonna try and tackle this in the mornin with a buddy and we are not very mechanically inclined. Were gonna attempt it using the method that bypasses a spring compressor and just use floor jacks. I've read up on the thread and saw the video, so im aware of the dangers. I just want to know about how long it would take to complete this? Assuming it goes smoothly. Thanks in advance
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2 hrs tops. Be sure to mark your LCA adjustments really good with white paint/marker.
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Gonna try and tackle this in the mornin with a buddy and we are not very mechanically inclined. Were gonna attempt it using the method that bypasses a spring compressor and just use floor jacks. I've read up on the thread and saw the video, so im aware of the dangers. I just want to know about how long it would take to complete this? Assuming it goes smoothly. Thanks in advance
Depending on your level of skill & proper tools.equip i.e. jacks/jack stands
its kinda hard to gauge, you'd probably be better off just biting the bullet on this one & just take the struts/coilover shocks off & take them to get compressed at a shop assuming your experience or lack thereof (which is in no way a put down you understand) Just my $.02

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2 hrs tops. Be sure to mark your LCA adjustments really good with white paint/marker.

Damn dude puttin' the pressure to a couple rookies !!....
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Both rears can be done in 15 minutes with two people. fronts can take almost an hour for both sides. 1 1/2 hours if you know what you are doing and have a buddy.
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Damn dude puttin' the pressure to a couple rookies !!....
Yeah. I was only considering the fronts, not all 4. Plus, you need to know what you are going to do ahead of time. Have the plan mapped out. The reason I stressed marking the LCAs is because I spent more time F'ing around with those than anything else because I screwed up and didn't mark them well.
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let us know how it went when you are done......GL
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Just make sure you put some Liquid Wrench/Wd-40 or some kind of penetrating oil on the nuts and bolts ahead of time to avoid stripping anything. A stripped nut or bolt always tends to complicate things. Good Luck!
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Talking all done. 5100 at 1.75". No tsb

I would of posted the results sooner but it was a busy weekend to say the least. I'm really pleased with the outcome tho. Now I'm itching to get some new rubber!


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Also MUCH thanks to GotLift37 for the bilstiens! Was very helpful and made the purchase a breeze. Arrived on time and in great shape.
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I would of posted the results sooner but it was a busy weekend to say the least. I'm really pleased with the outcome tho. Now I'm itching to get some new rubber!


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Looks great! How much different is the ride?
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The ride is better than stock in my opinion. Takes turns and dips 200% better. I love it and wish I would of done it sooner
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glad you like them truck looks good. now its time for some new rubber
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:53 AM   #13
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Yea for sure. So 265/75/16 is big as I can go correct? Any tire suggestions?
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Yea for sure. So 265/75/16 is big as I can go correct? Any tire suggestions?

looks good dude, & yeah your pretty much at the limit tire wise unless you do a cab chop & some trimming of plastic...
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Thanks man. Yea with it being my daily driver and me hooked on the mpg I think I'll settle with the 265. Which I've had at least 35's on my previous trucks so it's gonna take awhile to accept it haha how bad would mud terrains affect my mpg?
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Don't use a floor jack, just take the struts out and call around to find a place that will compress the coils and put the 5100s on for you. It will be much easier and save on a lot of hassle, trust me. As far as install time, it will probably take you about 2- 2 1/2 hours the first side, then when you figure out how to do it you will get the other side done in half that time.
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Took me 4hrs to do all 4 on my own using a floor jack and two jack stands.

Could been done faster but I was drinking beer while BSing with my neighbor durin the install
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looks great, i just had the tsb done and im ready to order the 5100s all the way around. Im gonna do the rears and have a shop do the fronts so i dont hafta mess around compressing the coils. My question is.....is it as simple as it looks to do the rears, just unbolt and rebolt top and bottom or am i missing something?
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looks great, i just had the tsb done and im ready to order the 5100s all the way around. Im gonna do the rears and have a shop do the fronts so i dont hafta mess around compressing the coils. My question is.....is it as simple as it looks to do the rears, just unbolt and rebolt top and bottom or am i missing something?
Yep, that's all there is to it. You don't even need to take the tires off. The hardest part for me was getting the shock in the bottom mount, it's a pretty tight fit
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