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5100s AND spacers?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Snake~, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Jan 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    Snake~

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    Tell me if this makes sense or if I'm way off base...
    Setting 5100s at .85 or 1.75 or 2.5 preloads the springs and stiffens the ride. True?
    Adding top plate spacers above the shock assemblies does not preload the springs or stiffen the ride. True?
    So if you install ToyTec's Top Plate Spacer Kit and set 5100s at 1.75 with stock springs, wouldn't you get 2.5" of lift with a slightly softer ride compared to setting 5100s at 2.5 with no spacers?
    All this lift geometry stuff makes me :confused:
     
  2. Jan 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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    You are corrct. Some companys like Pro Comp, offer a "split" type lift, giving half the lift via preload spacers, and the other half top plate spacers.
     
  3. Jan 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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    Cool, thanks Chris
     
  4. Apr 27, 2012 at 7:34 AM
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    Another question: Will doing a split lift to get 2.5" of lift help with getting the alignment within spec as opposed to just setting the 5100s at 2.5?
     
  5. May 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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    hey just wondering if you got your alignment done and if splitting your lift helped it any
     
  6. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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    Wouldn't a 1/4" top plate spacer and the bilsteins set at 1.75 get you 2.25 of lift? Has anyone done this? I know the truck doesn't handle that well with them set at 2.5 so is this a option for someone wanting a little more than 2 inches in the front?
     
  7. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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    5100 @ 1.75 plus 1/4" toytec top plate = 2.25" lift. Perfect for me

    also, stock UCAs and perfect alignment

    rides great, nothing notable, only been beat on hard a handful of times thus far but handles great on and off road. its a great height if you ask me
     
  8. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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  9. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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    Of note, 1.5" 3 leaf progressive AAL plus stock OL = roughly 2", just shy
     
  10. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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    Perfect! Just what I wanted to hear. Got the 5100's on the way now just need to get the spacers. Thanks!
     
  11. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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    no problem

    also, for thorough reference, those are 265/75r16s
     
  12. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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    Also wondering this myself... I just got some fox ext. 2.5s but don't wanna max em out at three. I just have a spacer leveling kit on top of the stock shocks right now but.... Could I use those in tandem with the fox shocks dialed lower? My thought process is that it wouldn't really be good with the off roading I do but I'm ready to try anything short of a drop bracket lift to get my 33s to stop rubbing :( I already trimmed the hell out of my fenders and did a cmc :crapstorm:
     
  13. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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    Looks to me like the access cabs rears are a little more raised than the double cabs so I wonder if the 1.5 AAL I was planning on getting will work out the same as yours.
     
  14. Jul 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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    I have Wheeler's progressive AAL plus the stock overload is around a 1/2" thick-ish

    Keep in mind I like a truck to have some rake, as you can see. Your aal should be good, most people seem to be aiming more for level. I don't like level unless I'm loaded down
     
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