Originally Posted by Lane Cypert
I was thinking about getting the Bilstein's 5100's for my new 2008 double card TRD sport and had a couple of questions. I would like some feedback from some people that have installed them or somebody knowledgeable about the product.
I would like to know if the 2.5 adjustable lift is just for the front or for the rear as well
I would like to know what if anything you would have to change in order to install them
I would like to know the difference in the ride of the 5100's vs the regular bilsteins that come on the TRD's as well as the durability of the shocks with them adjusted to the 2.5 inch lift.
Last I would like to know if this is the best mild lift for the money and one of the more durable.
I am new to the site so any help would be great! Thanks
i just put some 5100's on the front about a month ago, here is what i have found out....
5100's are only adjustable in the front, the back are not. but you will have to find a way to lift the back a little if you are going to use 2.5 setting up front. if you have the tsb in the rear it may sit level, but since you have an 08 the tsb does not apply go you yet. i recomend an add a leaf for the back.
some people will tell you you only need to drop the front differential if you go 3" or over but i think you should probably do it if you use the 2.5" setting. i will be doing this sometime in the near future. 2.5 inches also affects the ability to align the front end. i have noticed that at highway speeds my truck wanders a little now and i have to constantly re-adjust to keep it straight. i have heard you can remedy this with new upper control arms, but its not completely necessary but the wandering is kind of annoying, i recomend the control arms.
the 5100's are a better ride than the stock shocks and much beefier. the problem is that when you set them at 2.5 inches you compress the springs more. for every size you go up the springs get more compressed, so at 2.5 the front end is much stiffer than stock but not bad.
i highly recomend these shocks but you need to know what you're getting into before you put them on. technically you can just bolt them and go but if you want to do it right you need to lower the diff and add the control arms. if you have any more questions feel free to post them and i'll answer if i can. also use the search function and you'll find some more info on the site. welcome to TW!