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Bilstein 6112

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by KnoxTac0713, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Jun 13, 2017 at 7:33 AM
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    No funny sounds (so far) but the CVs are a bit steep for my liking. My stock suspension was sagging some too.
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  2. Jun 13, 2017 at 7:35 AM
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    FWIW: I set my 6112s on the top notch when I installed them, and even before my truck settled (which wasn't noticeable to my eye) I wasn't sitting nose-high, but that's because I also installed OME leaf packs at the same time. What I'm gathering from this thread is that people are only swapping out struts, and the listed measurements from Bilstein are not translating into everyone's real-world measurements.

    I'm not sure how much of a help this will be to anyone in this lengthy thread, but I figured I'd throw in my $0.02 since it's just sitting on the table here next to my beer, er, coffee.
     
  3. Jun 13, 2017 at 7:38 AM
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    Ok so you are sitting around 1/2 then I originally did, I'll grab my current measurements since I have about 1,000 miles on it now

    I did the full OME Leaf Pack as well. For me the 4th notch paired with the OME Leaf Pack gave me a slight rear high rake, was about an inch higher in the rear.
     
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  4. Jun 13, 2017 at 7:47 AM
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    Yours sounds dead-on for what it should be then. I had something else I was going to say, but I got distracted by the F40 in your sig.
     
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    haha i can't remember where i found it, and the same thing happened to me and i starred at it for so long figured i need to share it with everyone.

    per Bilsteins little chart thing, i gained more lift at the 4th notch then i should have, but going off of others reviews i am right where i should be. I'm starting to think now that what Bilsteins states for lift heights is after many miles and settling, which would make sense.
     
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  6. Jun 13, 2017 at 8:03 AM
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    So that makes sense since I have stiffer springs in there....still too high for me though.

    Good alignment number though...

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  7. Jun 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM
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    caster looks little high unless thats were you wanted it
     
  8. Jun 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM
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    I do remember it taking quite awhile for mine to settle. I still have my stock front bumper though. IIRC, it rode a little stiff for the first two months or so, but never obnoxiously so. Despite that, it's been a very smooth and comfortable ride from the jump. I'm not sure how, but it rides better than most other trucks I've ridden in, and that's with Load E tires too, lol.
     
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  9. Jun 13, 2017 at 8:06 AM
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    It's a touch high....I asked for 3.1-3.2 by they said come back once I get my armour on.
     
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    ah ok makes sense. I was at 1.3-1.4 at the last alignment. I'm going to head back probably soon to get it re-checked
     
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    Well I tried to lower the damn things myself but the spring compressors I used didn't work (also tried the no spring compressor method). I guess I'll have to pay a shop to yank and compress them.
     
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    Did you use the ones in the "products discussed in this thread" section?
     
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    Yes I did....didn't work so well.
     
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    :( bummer.....was wondering if it would.
     
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    I hoped it would but that's ok I'm tearing the struts out today and bringing them to a shop with a wall mounted spring compressor. Trying to decide if I'm going down to the 2nd notch since they heavier springs are holding the weight very well. I only ever wanted 2.25-2.5" of lift. I can always raise them back up once everything is added and the springs are fully settled.
     
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    I've been considering using zip ties as spring a compressor without disassembling anything. In know it sounds weird but some of the bigger ones are rated at close to 200 lbs in tension, get say 6 of those, strap onto coil spring with susp compressed, unload susp and there should be enough slack to adjust spring perch. Raise/lower perch, align spring pads etc., reload susp., clip off zip ties.
     
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    Part of me wants to tell you to try this to see what will happen..... But most of me is saying you def should not do this. The amount of energy that a spring can store and damage it can do, I won't trust a few plastic zip ties. I get where you are going with this though, zip tie while theres weight on the truck and jack it up lower the clip etc.. I had a hard enough time getting the metal c-clip in the groove with no spring and off the truck I wouldn't attempt it while parts are dangling and some plastic zip ties try to hold it together.
     
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    Oh I hear you. I'm thinking about this type, heavy duty 175 lb 24", not cheap little toy ones. I can do chin ups hanging from one of them:

    http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1307396

    BTW I have broken conventional spring compressors using them as directed, no fun. You use 8 or so of the above type zip ties (correctly) it might even be be safer than cheap spring compressor, esp considering nothing is coming off the truck. Have no pressing need to disassemble my shocks now, just thinking out loud about a hack for adjusting those stupid perches.
     
  20. Jun 15, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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    I would def avoid doing any sort of "shock" load (no pun intended) on it. So kind of raise and lower gently to avoid a spike load on the zip ties. Never know might work. But yeah I hate those small spring compressors as well, always feel like I'm about to have a shock shot through my groin or something
     
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