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Did I put my shocks on upside down?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by cbrod187, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Mar 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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    cbrod187

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    I installed 2 inch aal and 5100 blisteins. I mounted the rear shocks with the shock boots facing the ground. Is that right? Or are they supposed to be the other way? Since the original shocks dont have boots I wasnt really thinking bout it when I installed em. Luckily its a easy fix if I installed them wrong. Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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    45acp

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    Sounds like you're good to go. Then again, I don't think it really matters which way they're facing.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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    I think it's boot up, and it does matter for oil flow and what not..
     
  4. Mar 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM
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    I think its 5125's up and 5100's down. It depends on your truck too. Best bet would be to call bilstein and get the exact specs for your truck and the shocks. Make sure its done right.
     
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    The words on the shocks, and on the stickers need to be right side up.
     
  6. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM
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  7. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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    stuff and more stuff
    well if its 5100's they only mount one way.... donno how they could be upside down
     
  8. Mar 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    not if its a first gen
     
  9. Mar 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    My bad, yes its a first gen 97 xtra cab v6 to be exact. Hmm since no ones sure maybe I will have to contact bilstien. Yes the stickers are facing the right way. The reason I started wondering about it was I was getting a wheel alinement and was taking to the guy about my shocks and he thought they were upside down but then said "oh wait there on there right" so that got me wondering.
     
  10. Mar 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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    VooDoo More Cowbell!

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    mine are boots up.

    i think the 5100's have 50/50 valving so either way i dont think you can get in TOO much trouble...
     
  11. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    i was under the impression that most shocks had a specific way of being mounted. that being said you should be able to read labels without being upsidedown
     
  12. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    maybe i'm wrong.

    check this out, maybe it will help



    found in this thread:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=3995110
     
  13. Mar 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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    This ^^, so you're good to go, OP.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2012 at 1:02 AM
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    Wow this has me worried now.Going to post a picture tomorrow of my 5100s on my 1st gen.

    Update Edit: Have them facing the right way now , wonder if I will tell a ride difference.
     
  15. Mar 30, 2012 at 5:08 AM
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    No need to post a picture, this is how they should be mounted. The Bilstein label should be right side up (so boot down in this case)V
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  16. Mar 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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    At the end of the day. Standard monotube shocks does not matter which way they are installed. Most install shafts down less chance to damage body but of course shaft can get damaged. 5100s come with boots so no problem.
     
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