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Billy 1500 problem?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mbaltonv, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Jan 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    mbaltonv

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    I installed the Bilstein 1500 but I am not getting more that a 1.25" lift. I set the springs at the highest ring level but clearly this isn't right. Can someone please explain how to properly install the Bilstein 1500's to get the 2.5" lift? Thanks and happy 2010.
     
  2. Jan 1, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    ColdZeroBSP

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    I think you mean 5100s. I'm not sure if the setting numbers .85, 1.75, 2.5 actually equal those numbers in inches of lift. Could be wrong though, anyone know?
     
  3. Jan 1, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    Probably depends on how you are measuring, It would seem that your measurement should be the difference in height from stock to how it is now. Same tires? or new?
     
  4. Jan 1, 2010 at 6:26 PM
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    Sorry yes 5100's, my bad. Same tires. I used to have a 1" spacer and took that off for the 2.5" of lift form the shocks. I am comparing to my stock height in both my measurements.

    When I placed the new shocks next to the old ones the new spring cup was at the highest mark and only slightly above the stock mounts level. Do you flip the shock cup around? Can anyone that has done this type of lift explain in detail how you assemble the strut for the 2.5" lift? Thanks.
     
  5. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    Using the below pic as a reference... the top groove is the 2.5 setting. The cup that accepts the spring goes exactly the same as the stock setup. I got 2.5 inches from mine.

    [​IMG]
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    --- 2.5" lift
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    --- Stock
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  6. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    That is what I did, for what ever reason I didn't get the 2.5". My shocks didn't look like the one in the picture, that is for a GMC 1500 or something right?

    I guess I will just put the spacer back on if nothing else. I don't think it is my springs because they only have 87K on them.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    I put mine back exactly like the stock ones and it worked. Not sure what the issue is.
     
  9. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:23 PM
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    chris4x4

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    The shocks will not be longer than the other ones side by side. Install them, and it will give 2.5" lift, if at the correct setting.
     
  10. Jan 1, 2010 at 10:32 PM
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    Here are the pictures of the finished product.

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    P1010005.jpg
     
  11. Jan 2, 2010 at 3:20 AM
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    The shock in the picture look like they might be from a 2nd gen. Similar shape at least with that rod between the shock body and the mount spot on the bottom. As for the 5100's, the guys at DSM, where I got mine, said the top notch was for a 2.5" lift as well. I'm using the middle slot though, so I can't comment on if it actually is 2.5" from experience.
     
  12. Jan 3, 2010 at 12:20 AM
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    I think the problem is my springs, I think they are worn out. Just for future reference, you can't use a spacer with the 5100's. Strut is too long. I am going to go with a 1/2 inch poly spacer for now.
     
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