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bilstien 5100 boot up or down?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by biggecko, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Apr 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM
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    hi im installing new bilstiens all round my truck along with 2" aal and on the back i was wondering if i should install boots up or down, i was told up to avoid mud n stuff gettin in their but idk what they recomend and having boots up wouldnt that let the gas escape, thanks its looking great
     
  2. Apr 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    You install them so the word Bilstein can be read.
     
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    Standing up , or hanging upside down ?
     
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    The only way it fits?
     
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  9. Apr 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    it fits perpendicular...trust me, Im a doctor
     
  10. Apr 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    yah fits both ways so witch one? how u guys got em and if its so the words can be read is it boots down? uggg
     
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    i think pictures would finish this up very quickly....seems like we are running around in circles haha
     
  14. Apr 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    mine are on boots down because if they somehow get filled with water/mud the puddle won't be sitting on the seal between the shaft and body.

    Either way will work though.
     
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    you can read the RCD in this one
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    ^^ boots down!!
     
  18. Apr 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    boots down it is :) and say im having a hard time getting the bolt on with the bushings in place.... ill look at it tomorow in the school wrk shop...
     
  19. Jun 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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    my driver side writing is upside down, but my passenger is right side up

    both my boots are on top right now.


    SO, I'm confused because if I switch my shocks to be boots down, the words still wont be right.. :confused: what should I do here?

    I'm leaning towards putting boots down and disregarding the writing. I just noticed that water was collecting in the boots so I'm thinking flipping the shocks and drilling a tiny drainage hole into the bottom of the boots is the way to go... thoughts?
     
  20. Jun 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    I could make a case that having the boots up puts that seal further away from mud and water lessoning the chance of intrusion. Boots down would make the boot fill up with water if you were in up to the hubs. With boots up you'd have to be in almost up to the frame. I do boots up, plus it looks better.
     
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