After much debating and second guessing I finally have my lift installed. There are countless questions about the 5100 bilsteins and many people searching for answers to those questions so I wanted to post my situation so that it might help out someone. I ordered my parts with the intention of setting my 5100s at 1.75" but once I received them and installed the AAL I began wondering if I should go to 2.5" The worry of alignment issues (don't have the cash for uca's right now) finally convinced me to go with 1.75" and I am glad I did. I installed toytecs 1.5" AAL in the rear then installed the 5100s up front and set to 1.75". I also added the toytec 1/4" spacer on the drivers side to correct the lean.
I have BFG ATs (265/70-16) and have not changed to new tires so keep that in mind with the following numbers:
Measurements before and after measured through center of wheel up to wheel well lip.
Drivers side before: 34.25
Drivers side after: 36.50
Passenger side before: 34.50
Passenger side after: 36.50
Drivers side before: 36.00
Drivers side after: 38.00
Passenger side before: 36.375
Passenger side after: 38.00
As you can see the toytec spacer corrected the lean that I had.
I installed the AAL myself in about 2 hours and it was very easy. I used the masters (Chris4x4) AAL tutorial and the only kink I had was my ubolts were a different size...I think 17mm As long as you follow his instructions you will be fine.
I had the front shocks installed due to the spring compressor and potential broke arms.
Picked up the truck this afternoon from the alignment shop and it vibrated from 0 to 60mph all the way home. I am not kidding! I could feel it in the steering wheel and even in my seat. I felt sick. Called my cousin to see what he thought and he told me to drive it a day and then re-evaluate. I took it out again this evening and I can't feel any vibrations??? Again not kidding. I don't know what to make of it....but it seems to be fine now. I have no tracking issues or anything. If the AAL settles any I am going to regret getting the 1.5 and not the 2.0 because my truck is almost dead level now and I don't want to be nose high. Oh well at least the AAL is cheap if I do have to go bigger. I have pics but it was dark out so they are taken from the garage and not so good. Let me know if you have any questions on my setup. By the way, I am already thinking of going bigger, but that will have to wait awhile.
Powdercoat stock rims black
Black HID headlights
N-fab light bar
Remove chrome steps
265/75-16 mud terrains
1.25" spidertraxx spacers