Originally Posted by 4x4forfish
new to the forum and grateful for the wealth of info and enthusiasm of the members.
mostly use my truck for work around town as a home remodeling contractor.
my recreational needs are access to unimproved boat ramps to drop a drift boat, backcountry camp and fishing pursuits.
i'm looking to level my '11 stock SR5 4x4 with the Bilstein 5100's, stick w the stock wheels and install 265/75/16 or taller tires without getting into any lift kits and major suspension work.
any advice and pitfalls to avoid would be most helpful as in:
1. do i need to replace springs w the Bilstein 5100 upgrade?
2. on a 16" rim what is the tallest tire that will fit?
3. do i replace the rear shocks w Bilstein's as well?
4. a shop referral for having the work done near Berkeley CA?
many thx in advance
1- No. I switched to 5100s with stock coils a long time ago & everything has worked great. However, if you are planning on mounting a plate bumper you will need stronger coils, so changing everything at once will be more cost effective in the long run.
2- The largest tire for stock is 265/75r16. However, you can fit 255/85r16 with minimal rubbing. I moved to the taller size last week, & I only rub in reverse. I am also in NOLA where the largest obstacles are curb height, so you must factor in your off-road needs. The 255/85r16 Owners Experience thread in the Wheels/Tires section has everything you need to know.
3- It is not necessary, but switching the rears is well worth the small extra cost.
4- Can't help you there. Move away from the PRC?