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Rear Bilstein 5100 leakage @ 3k miles

Discussion in 'ToyTec Lifts' started by 4OYOTER, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. May 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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    Round II

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    I got about 8k from my 5100's before the drivers side spewed all over the place. No more Billies for me.
     
  2. May 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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    Over 30k on mine before they puked. I was amazed they lasted so long especially sinse they were my limit straps (ordered them to short).
     
  3. May 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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    ^This
     
  4. May 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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    Bilstein 5100's set @ 0 with OME 883x coils up front . Alcon leaf springs. A.R.E. Shell. Viper Alarm. Wet Okole seat covers. WeatherTech Floor liners front and back. Oem Toyota chrome exhaust tip.
    What about the fronts? Anyone have them leak ?:confused:
     
  5. May 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM
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    Just bought/had installed 4 Bilstein 5100's less than 3 weeks ago so likely less than 500km. Also new coils all around - 2" lift. This morning there was a 10" oil spot on the driveway under the right front shock, and oil all over the bottom half (everything below the boot). No offroad (yet), no hard bumps, only good pavement.
    Will be calling the supplier when they open later today. Sure hope they warranty it.
     
  6. May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM
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    Rear leaf spring tsb 5000 miles, w ac fan 26k miles, windshield creaking 28k miles- not warranty. Bad upper idler pulleys 32k miles- not warranty, Toyota Quality!
    Thats annoying. So far I have 20k on mine. No issues yet. Crossing fingers for you warranty claim.
     
  7. May 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM
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    Dayum, had set on 05 AC and put over 40k on them with no issues, were still dry when truck traded in for 08 RC in 2011. Have another set of same ones bought new on the 08 with about 20k or so on them and all are dry (knocks on wood). Not sure how anyone can claim that much oil loss would be a normal thing and keep a straight face. Leaking shocks are doomed shocks. Some dry accumulation might be expected over the course of 50k+ but wet shit like in the pics I just can't accept as "normal". Kinda like Toyota saying some of the obvious problems with driveline vibes and such are normal. NOT..........
     
  8. May 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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    Annoying: pushing the understatement category. And sorry for the bad information, wasn't 10". I just went outside and measured... over 13" circle of oil + a bunch of 1" - 2"ers as I parked throughout the day.
    Called the supplier this morning and ordered/paid for a new shock. I'll have to ship back the leaker before they can make a warranty determination. Awww, nuts.
     
  9. Jun 16, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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    Just an update to my earlier post. I've just heard from my Bilstein shocks supplier that my leaky shock has been approved for warranty and I will be reimbursed. No other problems with the shocks. They ride smooth and I can't wait to abuse them. :D
     
  10. Jun 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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    Update on mine: I've now had two of these things warrantied through Toytec. I personally won't ever buy 5100s again. It's just a hassle to go through the warranty process and pay the $30 whatever dollars in shipping fees.
     
  11. Jun 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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    I had mine on for about 25k miles and the rear passenger 5100 blew crap everywhere. No hard wheeling ever, only took them offroad twice. I was going to try to get warranty replacement but the lower shock bolt was seized in and I had to cut the shock off. Figured it wasn't worth my time to try to get a new one after that.
     
  12. Aug 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM
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    Bilstein 5100 shocks, OME lifting springs, Ivan Stewart 16x8 wheels, AT tires
    yikes!!! over 40k on mine with no issues. i hope mine don't crap out. if they do what is a good shock to replace them with?

    i still have the stock shocks. they aren't the yellow bilsteins. they are just stock black shocks. will those work with OME 883 front lifting springs?
     
  13. Aug 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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    Bilstein 5100's set @ 0 with OME 883x coils up front . Alcon leaf springs. A.R.E. Shell. Viper Alarm. Wet Okole seat covers. WeatherTech Floor liners front and back. Oem Toyota chrome exhaust tip.
    Wow !! After reading through this whole thread I am starting to wonder if going with the Bilsteins was a good idea . I have had mine on for about 6000 miles give or take . I do have my rears that have some oil leaking from the top and seeping around where the boot is zip tide to the shock. I have read Yota Dan explain that Bilsteins are designed with a weeping seal to help keep the seal from drying out. Not sure if that's what mine is doing or if they are getting ready to go out. I always thought and heard that Bilstein are the best. I am really beginning to wonder . I am very pleased with the ride and the way it leveled my truck. Not sure what to think at this point.:confused:
     
  14. Aug 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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    My right rear 5100 is leaking a lot. 15,000 miles on them and bought from Toytec.
     
  15. Aug 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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    Bilstein 5100's set @ 0 with OME 883x coils up front . Alcon leaf springs. A.R.E. Shell. Viper Alarm. Wet Okole seat covers. WeatherTech Floor liners front and back. Oem Toyota chrome exhaust tip.
    Yeah so after submitting my last post. I decided to go out to my truck and cut the zip ties and lift the boot to investigate. As soon as I cut the zip ties oil ran down the shock on both shocks.:mad: So I decided to put my stock yellow Bilstein back on for now . They only had 16000 miles on them and in good shape . I will have to see if wheelers off road will warranty them .:confused: I am worried about my front 5100's . How many on here running front 5100's have had them leak ?
     
  16. Aug 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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    My front passenger 5100 is leaking, was told it was normal but it was enough oil to cause dirt to stick to the shock when the drivers side is clean.
    Gonna replace them with either OME or Sway-A-Way suspension up front.

    I'm happy with my 5150's on the rear though.
     
  17. Aug 31, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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    Bilstein 5100's set @ 0 with OME 883x coils up front . Alcon leaf springs. A.R.E. Shell. Viper Alarm. Wet Okole seat covers. WeatherTech Floor liners front and back. Oem Toyota chrome exhaust tip.
    Yes mine started to leak. Not as bad as yours but from what I have read they would have. So what was the out come with yours ? What did you end up going with ?
     
  18. Jul 7, 2015 at 8:09 AM
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    None yet, don't even have the truck as of 01/21/14
    I have about a year on mine, probably 5000 miles and one rear is completely blown out. I do not off-road hard, been 99% in the city, the rest country road and logging roads.
    My point is, the shocks were not abused in any way. I am in Canada, so there is really no Toytec warranty because it is too expensive to return and then there is the wait
    until the Bilstein warranty department approves the replacement. Toytec only gave me a part number to get a direct replacement from Amazon which I paid for out of pocket.
    Today I tried to have it installed and it is the wrong part, the shock they gave me the link for fits a FJ Cruiser. Now I have a truck down, a wrong part that has to be returned
    no warranty and will have to incur a double bill when the original part does finally show.
    I've asked Toytec what they plan to do, will post the answer for all to see. Not very impressed with Toytec nor Bilstein at this point.
     
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