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HELP: Is this a spacer lift on my truck?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 96Taco, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM
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    96Taco

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    On the weekend I replaced my old shocks with Bilsteins 5100s. I am pretty much learning mechanics as I go with truck (thanks to this forum) and I do not have an idea what the stock suspension looks like.

    I installed the 5100s on the middle setting and my truck seems a touch high in the front. Please have a look at the pics below and let me know whether that block on the top of my springs is for a spacer lift?? Or is it normal.

    Appreciate any help.

    Cheers.

    IMAG0322.jpg
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  2. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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    KPT

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    Yes that is referred to as a coil spacer. It preloads the spring to achieve lift.
     
  3. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    Honey badger

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    Yeap that is a spacer lift.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    it also make it ride like a tank...take my word for it...
     
  5. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    Exactly what he said. I had one and learned the hard way.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    Holy shit not even one minute later and I have my answer thanks! :)

    Next question. To remove these is there something else that I have to put in its place? Or can I just take out the suspension again, compress coils take out shocks take out spacer then put shocks back in coil as is?
     
  7. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    That's because the stock shocks are not valved to properly dampen the stiffer spring.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    Nah, it aint so bad:D
     
  9. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    That's all there is to it.
     
  10. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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    you need a top plate. but yes they come out...and use them as a paperweight, about as useful as they are...
     
  11. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    tell my cracked winshield that....:(
     
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    He can re-use the top plate he has on there though.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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    ture true... my B....
     
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    Yea you can see a top plate is there and he can use that one. I think my spacer was on top of the plate but still rode like crap.
     
  15. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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    I have a spacer lift... it rode stiff until I upgraded shocks and struts... now its smooth again. :D
     
  16. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    Thanks. Are top plates sold separate? Or have to get from dealership?

    Well hopefully this time around I am a lot quicker at removing my shocks than i was last saturday. I had the biggest suspcion it was a spacer too.. shit. Another $100 for allignment.

    Yes the handling is not the best to say the least.
     
  17. Apr 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    Nevermind.. Just refereshed page and read new answers
     
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