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Bilstein 5100 question.

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Hiatt1991, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    Hiatt1991

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    Hey guys. I just bought some 5100s and was putting them together. I did it by hand so I didnt include the top bushing and the top metal cap on both. I currently have them set at 1.75 using the stock coils. From what I noticed, It seems like one is slightly taller than the other. From what I can tell, the coils are different. Are these side specific as in does it matter what side each shock goes on? From what I read, thats only for rear bilsteins but Im not sure. I dont remember what side each coil goes on because I got the coils, the shocks and the hardware off of clist. Im basically just waiting till I can get a coil compressor to fit the top bushings and top metal cap on but Id like to know which side goes where or if it matters. I figured the longer side would go on the drivers side to counterbalance the "taco lean" but Id like some input. Thanks. Ill upload pics in a sec
     
  2. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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    Seabass

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    Stock springs are side specific. The beefier taller one goes on the driver's side to compensate for the weight of the driver, battery, etc. We refer to it as "taco lean". When you do aftermarket springs, they are the same size and usually a 1/4" top plate spacer is used on the driver's side to compensate.
     
  3. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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    Hiatt1991

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    Thanks. That what I figured. Just wanted to be sure.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2011 at 6:12 PM
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    is there a way to outwardly tell which is meant to be on the drivers side vs the passengers side, or can this only be told when its disassembled?
     
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