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5100 Install

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by tomonian77, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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    tomonian77

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    After calling around and getting estimates from $300 to $500 to install front end billies I have decided to try and do it myself. Auto Zone will rent me a coil spring compressor for $33 so I am going to give it a shot. Anything I should look out for?
     
  2. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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    Good luck bro... Hope it goes well
     
  3. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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  4. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    it's easy
     
  5. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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    As far as I can tell from looking at all the write ups the hardest thing is the compression. If it works out well I will probably set a meet up for all the other locals that need them installed.
     
  6. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Hey man keeping looking around, I got all four of them installed for $110.
     
  7. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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    it should take you about 30 minutes to change these....that is once you get the hang of the spring compressor.
     
  8. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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    A word of advice, when reassembling the struts make sure you get the alignment of the top plate where it should be. It will make things go a lot smoother when putting the shocks back in. The whole job should only take about an hour or so if you have the right tools. An impact wrench will make things a breeze when it comes time to compress the springs too. Just hit each side a little, until you've compressed the spring far enough for removal/reassembly.
     
  9. Mar 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM
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    blackwatertaco

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    It's pretty easy if you don't get distracted, or strip a nut....*lol*. I took my struts to NTB to get them swapped, Took an hour and $40. Our spring comp. was to small to work with. Just pay attn. and you will get it done and save some $$
     
  10. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    So you jacked up your truck and took the old ones off then went to NTB and had them set up the new billies?
     
  11. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    blackwatertaco If you ain't stuck, You ain't tryin hard enough.

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    Yup, Easy. As they were putting the 5100's on I was installing the rear shocks, which BTW was the harder part of the job. I wound out just sawzawing my rear shocks off.
     
  12. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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    You should set up a meet so you can get some people to help you out.
     
  13. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    I like your style! I've done the same in a couple instances where the rust wasn't even worth dealing with. The Sawzall never fails!
     
  14. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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    It made sense...If they are junk anyways just destroy them...LOL don't fight with it if it's gonna just go into the trash.
     
  15. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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    My rear 5100s should be in today. I hope my install goes better than yours did.
     
  16. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    I've done it 3 times. PM me if you have problems.
     
  17. Mar 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM
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    Taking the wee wee route, found a shop that would do the install and alignment for $210.
     
  18. Mar 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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    This is something Doug (4WD) pointed out that is very important...

     
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