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Old 10-17-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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bilstein help!

So I had Bilstein 5100's added to the front of my 2012 DC4x4 SR5 today. I asked the shop to put them on the 1.75" setting, even gave them the instructions sheet with the 1.75" setup circled. They just called me and said they have the alignment done, but the truck is higher in the front than the rear and that I will probably need blocks in the rear.

I have the stock 4leaf pack in the rear, how is this possible? I will post pics later, when I get the truck back.
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I think the 1.75 setting is too much.
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Another reason could be that the shop installed the lower coil cup upside down.
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When I set mine at 1.75" it made the front a bit higher, but that was with the 3-leaf non-TSB spring pack. After I got the TSB done to the rear springs, it brought my ass end up to just a hair higher than the front. This is on a 2011 so YMMV.
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So I had Bilstein 5100's added to the front of my 2012 DC4x4 SR5 today. I asked the shop to put them on the 1.75" setting, even gave them the instructions sheet with the 1.75" setup circled. They just called me and said they have the alignment done, but the truck is higher in the front than the rear and that I will probably need blocks in the rear.

I have the stock 4leaf pack in the rear, how is this possible? I will post pics later, when I get the truck back.
i had the same thing happen to me last week. my truck (after measuring) actually sits perfectly level, but for some reason it looks nose high to me. i think it's just because im used to the rake or that the hood sits higher then the top of the box making it look like that.
i ordered a pair of readylift 1" rear blocks to throw in the back, i could have them in today or tomorrow, i'll post a pic when im done. this is how my truck sits now....



and i have done a lot of research and digging on using blocks in the rear. a lot of people say that they are garbage and cause problems, but i have had a hard time finding anyone that has had issues with a small 1", mostly it's the bigger ones. i am not a hardcore 4x4er either, so hopefully i can use them and not have any issues.
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So, if this was my mistake and 1.75" is too high, will i need another alignment if i put a block in the rear?
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Another reason could be that the shop installed the lower coil cup upside down.
interresting..... i was playing with mine when i first got them (im not a mechanic) should the bottom cup be sitting like a bowl, or facing down? im going to look at mine and see how they have it.
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i had the same thing happen to me last week. my truck (after measuring) actually sits perfectly level, but for some reason it looks nose high to me. i think it's just because im used to the rake or that the hood sits higher then the top of the box making it look like that.
i ordered a pair of readylift 1" rear blocks to throw in the back, i could have them in today or tomorrow, i'll post a pic when im done. this is how my truck sits now....



and i have done a lot of research and digging on using blocks in the rear. a lot of people say that they are garbage and cause problems, but i have had a hard time finding anyone that has had issues with a small 1", mostly it's the bigger ones. i am not a hardcore 4x4er either, so hopefully i can use them and not have any issues.
Like I said, I haven't seen mine yet, but if it sits like yours, I won't mind. From this picture it looks perfectly level to my eye.
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interresting..... i was playing with mine when i first got them (im not a mechanic) should the bottom cup be sitting like a bowl, or facing down? im going to look at mine and see how they have it.
The bottom bracket should not look like a bowl, but like a hat - round side up.
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So, if this was my mistake and 1.75" is too high, will i need another alignment if i put a block in the rear?
So I know this is a noob question, but will I?
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The bottom bracket should not look like a bowl, but like a hat - round side up.
thanks, mine are in correctly...
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Thanks for you help guys. Hopefully it is not that noticeable and hopefully they have the spring seat installed correctly.
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So I know this is a noob question, but will I?
No.
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I had my 2012 set at 1.75 and it came out perfectly level.

Measure from the center of the hub to the fender.

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I don't know what they were talking about. I picked it up and it looks perfectly level to me. Maybe they just wanted me to buy the extra block $$$.

Now it is time to get the 245's off and get some 265's
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