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Bilstein Shock question?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by staplak, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:14 AM
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    staplak

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    This question may be retarted but i have seen many pictures of the rear bilstein shocks put on different ways.(meaning dust boot on top and some on bottom) I just installed mine on my truck and put them on with the boot on the bottom half. Could someone clear this up for me on the proper way to install them.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:21 AM
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    IMO, boot on bottom is asking for shit to collect in it bringing about it's early demise. How could it work any better upside down? Seems pointless.
     
  3. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:33 AM
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    put the boot up for the same reason, didn't want to get a torn boot from a stick or something
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:33 AM
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    From Bilstein:

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Do I mount the shocks with the boot pointing up or down?[/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]With the internal design of the Bilstein monotube gas shocks, it does not matter whether the shocks are mounted with the shock rod side up or down. There are some minor advantages in longetivity and overall suspension effectiveness with the shock rod pointed down, and there are many instances where Bilstein has changed the orientation to take advantage of these minor improvements where there are no clearance problems. If there is an option, we recommend mounting the shock with the shock rod and boot pointing down, but in the grand scheme of things, there is no noticeable difference.[/FONT]

    http://www.bilsteinshocks.com/bilstein/html/faq.html#10
     
  5. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:35 AM
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    getting there....
    boot goes to the bottom on the rears. to me.....it doesnt really matter which way you mount them tho.........i had mine turned with boot up for about 6k miles........then flipped them over...couldnt tell a difference either way. one thing i did notice with the boot on top.....they collected water like crazy.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:38 AM
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    Hmmm? Seems like fluid leak would occur sooner with crap collecting in the boot being upside down & having more grit wearing on the seal. And as was stated, bigger possibility of something off road gouging or tearing the boot. Guess it doesn't matter that much either way according to Bilstein.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:41 AM
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    Thanks for the replies. I was kinda of worried there for a minute.
     
  8. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:42 AM
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    More importantly, they are valved differently for rebound, and compression. By inverting them, of running them a different orientation from which they were designed, it will/could give a wierd ride quality. Most times, rebound is going to be slower than compression. I belive the 5100's have a rebound dapening of 255 Nm/sec. and a compression dampening of 125 Nm/sec. I cant remember exactly....
     
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    I just got the 5100s for my 08 and they only mount 1 way and thats with the boot to the top
     
  10. Nov 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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    Holy Thread Revival!! :p

    That's because you're a 2nd gen. This discussion was in regards to the rear bilstien shocks on 1st gens which can be mounted either way.;)
     
  11. Nov 11, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    how or why idk but supposedly its unsprung weight putting it with the boot down. At least thats what ive been told
     
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