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2" vs 3" leveling and alignment?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Rustyota, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Nov 16, 2009 at 7:03 PM
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    Rustyota

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    Hi All. I'm a newbee here, so first, Howdy! I've got a 2nd gen. (08) DC 4x4 and put in the cheap-o 3" strut spacer leveling kit and don't like the alignment issues that have come with it. It was also higher than I expected (no, I probably don't know how to use a ruler!) and I've decided I don't really need/want that much lift. Wondering if a 2" would be much better on alignment or if I have to go the more expensive route with the Bilstein 5100s. I don't really want to (have the money to) do the UACs after spending so much on the truck!!!
     
  2. Nov 16, 2009 at 7:05 PM
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    chris4x4

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    The 5100's would give a much better ride. And setting them on the 1.75" setting is much better on the alignment. Welcome to TW! :)
     
  3. Nov 16, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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    Rustyota

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    Thanks! So, it seems to me that you'd have to realign each time you changed setting on the 5100s--is that right? My guess is you pick one, align it, then stick with it? Forgive my ignorance...
     
  4. Nov 16, 2009 at 7:16 PM
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    Rustyota

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    Any other mods needed for the 5100s? And does the installation require a spring compression or anything? I had no trouble putting in the spacers, but not sure if the 5100s would be as easy. Any thoughts?
     
  5. Nov 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Thats correct.

    You need a spring compressor to install.
     
  6. Nov 16, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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    Rustyota

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    Thanks for the info!! I think I'll do it.
     
  7. Nov 16, 2009 at 8:23 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Glad to help. Post pics when you get a chance. We all love pics :)
     
  8. Nov 16, 2009 at 8:37 PM
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    Will do! I might even take some pictures of the truck! :D
     
  9. Nov 16, 2009 at 8:38 PM
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    chris4x4

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    LOL! Thats what we like to see....
     
  10. Nov 16, 2009 at 8:51 PM
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    Hey one more thought--is it fine to have the stock bilsteins in the back with the 5100s in the front?
     
  11. Nov 16, 2009 at 9:03 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Yeah, but the 5100's are a huge upgrade over the OEM ones...You wouldnt regret getting them for the rear too.
     
  12. Nov 16, 2009 at 9:08 PM
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    Rustyota

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    More to think about... Thanks a ton. I'll post pics!!
     
  13. Nov 16, 2009 at 9:12 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Keep in mind, You can get all 4 5100's for under $300.00 from Downsouth motor sports.
     
  14. Nov 17, 2009 at 5:40 AM
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    Thats the exact setup I have except I also got Eibach springs (instead of reusing the stock coils) and set the front Bilsteins at 0 and let the coils lift the front 1.6"
     
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