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Convert Les Schwab Spacer Lift to Bilstien 5100's

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by acrossawire, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Feb 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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    acrossawire

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    long time follower- first post. I just purchased a 2010 4x4 DC that had a Les Schwab lift installed along with 285/70/17's- Everything i've read seems to indicate this is not the ideal way to lift the truck due to ride quality etc.. The truck still has the original Toyota shocks. Is it possible/make sense to convert to Bilstien 5100's? thanks
     
  2. Feb 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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    Yes, spacer lifts are crap bud. Get some 5100s and set them at 2.5".
     
  3. Feb 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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    Just get coilovers you'll want them down the road and then wonder y u wasted your time with setting them at 2.5 just saying. You can also get the 5100 with coils and uca. It seems like a lot at first but the truth is that it becomes much more after fucking with different lifts
     
  4. Feb 8, 2012 at 9:51 AM
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    great video.

    so, do i have to start from scratch with the Billy's or since the Les Schwab already has an AAL in the rear can it be used in conjunction w/ the Billy's? Do i pull the spacer in the front or just preset the 5100's in the front to "stock"? sorry, 1st time with this- trying to figure out how to do this correctly without breaking the bank.
     
  5. Feb 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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    If you have an AAL in the rear and are happy with the ride, leave it in place. If you use 5100's with your stock coils, remove the spacer, set the 5100's to whichever setting you wish, and reuse your stock coils. If you want 2.5" of lift, I'd look into some lift coils to pair with those 5100's rather than preloading the stock coil to gain lift.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM
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    is there any benefit to adding the 5100's in the rear other than ride quality if i leave the AAL? any harm in the way the rear is currently set up?

    ya- it has a 3in lift in the front now. from what i've read here, 2.5 won't be enough to clear 285's- that's why i was wondering if i should leave the spacer. Will the spacer cause the same problems with 5100's as it can with stock shocks?
     
  7. Feb 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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    If you get longer shocks for the rear based on your application of aal then you will gain travel over stock shocks.
     
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