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Normal amount of dust boot compression in rear shock?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Tssmith11, May 22, 2021.

  1. May 22, 2021 at 12:05 PM
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    I just installed bilstein 5100 rear shocks on my 2006 trd offroad (24-186728).
    I had to compress the strut quite a bit to get it to fit, and both dust boots curve a bit as shown. Is this amount of compression normal? 20210522_124819.jpg
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  2. May 22, 2021 at 12:15 PM
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    Extend the shock and slide the boot down.
     
  3. May 22, 2021 at 12:17 PM
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    How do you extend the shock when there is a fixed amount of space between the lower and upper mounts?
     
  4. May 22, 2021 at 12:30 PM
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    Jack up the truck.
     
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    Sorry trying to understand - So I jack up the truck by the frame, let the strut expand on its own, pull the boot down, then lower truck. After I lower the amount of strut compression will go back to how it is now. Whats the point, Why don't I just pull the boot down as is? I must be missing something
     
  6. May 22, 2021 at 12:37 PM
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    Because you don't know the max travel distance. You could pull it down now but it may then rip the first time the suspension is extended fully.
     
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  7. May 22, 2021 at 12:42 PM
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    Got it. I'll try this out. Appreciate the explanation
     
  8. May 22, 2021 at 1:47 PM
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    Much better. Thanks!20210522_144544.jpg
     
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  9. May 24, 2021 at 11:51 AM
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    @Tssmith11 If you find it creeping back up again like mine did, you can find your extended length, wrap some electrical tape around the shock body about an inch higher to create a stopper, then pull the boot over and past it and re-ziptie. Just make sure to leave room for expansion to full droop, like scotkw said.
     
  10. May 24, 2021 at 11:53 AM
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    A hose clamp also works instead of a zip tie, if you find the boot not staying put.
     
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