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New Leafs and Bilstein 5100's on the way advice for setting front shocks

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by jmesser1980, May 27, 2014.

  1. May 27, 2014 at 6:41 AM
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    jmesser1980

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    Hello All,

    I just purchased some new leaf springs and the Bilstein 5100 shocks all the way around. I am going to use the stock coil.

    My questions is the new leafs I purchased add 1.5" - 2" to the rear.
    Using the stock coils what setting do I want to set the Front 5100's to to level the truck? From what I've read setting them at 1.75" will level a stock set of leaf springs.

    I wouldn't mind and would actually prefer the rear to be a little bit higher than the front since I tow a boat and also haul my Blaster around in the back.


    Just trying to figure everything out prior to doing the install so that I don't have to take them off and set again to the desired height. I will probably bring the shocks and stock set up to a garage to have them take off the coil springs and ut on the new shocks so I don't hurt myself when doing it. I may retn the spring compressor from Autozone but it depends on the type of compressor they have.

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. May 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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    Can't say if this the norm, but when I set my 5100's at 1.75 with the stock 3-leaf rear springs I ended up with the rear 1 inch lower than the front. Mind you, this was with over 30k on stock rear springs. I'm currently looking at Wheeler's 3-leaf AAL hoping to get back to level or a mild rake on my DCLB,
     
  3. May 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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    With mine set at 2.5 up front and 3 leak pack with 1.5 AAL out back on my old 05 access cab, there was 1.25" rake, higher in back.

    With them set at 1.75 and 3 leaf pack and no AAL on my 08 reg cab, I have same 1.25" rake higher in back.

    What truck do you have......AC, DCLB, DCSB or RC?
     
  4. May 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM
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    I have an access cab. It is a 2008 trd sport.
    The leaf springs I purchased are skyjacker soft ride TCR515S. Supposed to give it a 1.5" - 2" lift.

    I may just set the front at the .85 so that the rear is higher by a little bit that way it will level out when towing my boat or if I have my wheeler in the back.

    But any input would be greatly appreciated
     
  5. May 28, 2014 at 7:21 AM
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    OME 885 coils, 5100 on front, 2" skyjacker AAL with 5100 rear, Amsoil fluids
    I have those aal with 5100 set at 0 with 885 coils and I'm about 2" higher in the rear
     
  6. May 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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    I have a 2014 AC cab with 4 leafs in back. I just installed Billies all around and set fronts at 1.75 hoping I would be level but Im .25 inch high in the front. I dont like that. Should I drive it a while and see if it settles or go for 1 inch lift in back?? Do I do 1 inch block or aal? I need a good ride as I drive the truck 60 miles round trip to work.

    Well after the alignment and some test driving everything settled perfectly even. Im going to drive it a while and see how I like it. New wheels and tires this Saturday.
     
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  7. May 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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    i have a 2011 dcsb trd sport, with billies at 1.75 and a 1.5inch aal on the tsb leaf pack. So 5 leafs (1 is an overload) I have about 1.25-1.50 inch higher in the rear. Before the aal i was .25-.5 inch taller in the front and some serious sag in the rear with a trailer. 1.75 with the leafs should leave u rear high a bit still especially because u have an AC
     
  8. May 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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    So it sounds like I will want to set the front height at 1.75" and I should be good then.

    Thanks all for the help. It will save me some time having to do trial and error to get it set right.
     
  9. May 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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    With stock UCA that will be the Best
     
  10. May 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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    Ok so I received my new leaf springs today. I was told when I ordered them that they will come with everything I needed but all I received was the leaf springs. they came with the bushings and had the center bolt.

    I was hoping they came with new U Bolts and the bolts to mount the leaf springs but with no avail.

    Does anyone know what size the u bolts are and what size the bolst are to mount to the frame?

    I'm hoping my local parts store has the u bolts in stock. Chances are they will be able to tell me what size the U bolts need to be and hopefully the mounting bolts also but just wanted to check to see if anyone on here new off hand.

    (It is for a 2008 TRD Sport Access Cab)

    Thanks
     
  11. May 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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    Take a look front 2.50 Rear 1.50[​IMG]
     
  12. Jun 3, 2014 at 5:59 AM
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    Bilsteins set at 1.75 1.5 AAL Wheels and tire 20% window tint
    This is how mine turned out with Billies set at 1.75 and no lift in rear. Its perfectly level. I added 17 inch wheels and 265/70/17 tires. After driving it the last week I think I need a 1.5 aal bump in the rear. It sags with the lightest load in back. I originally wanted a flat look but now I want the rake back. I can see this is a disease like my Jeep was.

    IMG_20140530_145345.jpg
     

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