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Old 07-18-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Bilstein 5100 Installation

Anyone know if a Toyota Dealership will install front 5100s? Im afraid they might not because they will be lifting the truck. Anyone tried before?

What price can I expect to get the front shocks replaced? Will it require an alignment? I really dont feel comfortable using a spring compressor. I did the back by myself.

I tried talking to a couple of local auto shops and they dont really like installing parts that they didnt provide.

Thanks for helping.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
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You are looking at a good 2-3 hrs labor. Dealer should install without any issues. But they will charge an arm & a leg. If they give you any BS, ask why they warranty the Pro Comp 6" lifts.

My advice is to go for it. Not that hard, trial and error may come into play, but way cheaper than a $300-$400 install fee.

Oh and here is a great example:

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You can totally do it yourself without much output of money...I went to a local Firestone with all the parts (the only real issue is getting the springs and top plates off your truck now- unless you have a second set) and they set up the struts for me...Everything else was just bolts and sweat.

Yes-If you are lifting you need an alignment.
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dont get the stealership to replace the front 5100's.....i was quoted $300, and they already had some of the front end apart cause they were replacing my lower ball joints in the recall.....so i took the coil assembly off myself and got a shop to swap the shocks out....$40.
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Does the dealership charge $300 to replace front shocks no matter what, or is it just because they are 5100s? Because that seems awful high considering I was quote like $100 for rears from a local shop.
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I got quoted $600 at my local dealer ship for the install of front bilsteins. LMFAO!!
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I just called the dealership and was quote $144 for install of two front shocks.

Is it worth it to have them install for that price?

Looks like most of you were getting prices over $300.

BTW, the $144 does not include alignment, but Im sure an alignment can be had for under $100.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:07 AM   #9
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I got all of my stuff (excluding the parts) done for $89.00+ a $60.00 alignment


$210 for 5100 and AAL
and $936.00 for my tires
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I got all of my stuff (excluding the parts) done for $89.00+ a $60.00 alignment


$210 for 5100 and AAL
and $936.00 for my tires

Was this done at a dealership or elsewhere?
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:12 AM   #11
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Was this done at a dealership or elsewhere?
No I did it with 06BLUEDBLSPORT and Lifesaflaw in my garage

Took us all day... only had 2 "oops" moments
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If you know alot about trucks it shouldnt be a problem
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Come do it for me, Ill gladly pay $89.

I did a rear AAL and the Rear shocks myself. Not sure I trust myself with the spring compressor.

Plus I had instructions for the rear. You got any instructions for the front, maybe its easier than I thought.
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Come do it for me, Ill gladly pay $89.

I did a rear AAL and the Rear shocks myself. Not sure I trust myself with the spring compressor.

Plus I had instructions for the rear. You got any instructions for the front, maybe its easier than I thought.
Chris4x4 and PackerfanXD put up a tutorial on how to change out the front struts.


Follow that and you will be a-ok

The spring compressor might sound bad but just make sure you tighten the bolts on the compressor at the same torque and nothing will go bad (knocking on wood)
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Where would I find this tutorial?
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sorry about that

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...g-removal.html
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I have a first gen truck. Are the steps the same?
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I have a first gen truck. Are the steps the same?
Yeah they should... all suspension components are basically the same... the only thing that might be different is the bolt size, coil size etc
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This might be a dumb question, but if I wanna use 5100s all around to get a 2.5" lift, do I need to replace anything else (springs, etc.), or just all 4 shocks? Thanks!
the front 5100 are adjustable.

Notches:
1st- 0"
2nd-.85"
3rd- 1.65"
4th- 2.25


Or somewhere close to those measurements

if you want 2.5" in the rear your going to have to get AAL and maybe a 1" block
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