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Rear Bilstein 5100's upside down???

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by bwhit, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. Nov 27, 2008 at 8:58 PM
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    bwhit

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    I was checking out a website at offroad.com and found an article on the install of some 5100's. The picture shows the shaft boot on the bottom. This was apparantly on a 1st gen taco. Is there something different between 1st and second. I just put my 5100's on my 07 with no instructions included from DSMS and put them on the same direction the stock Billys came off. Am I missing something here??

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  2. Nov 27, 2008 at 9:04 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Your not missing anything. You installed them the right way. Looks like the guy @ off-road wasnt paying attention. Cant say I havent done the same hing. :eek:
     
  3. Nov 27, 2008 at 9:08 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    My boot isnt on the bottom
     
  4. Nov 27, 2008 at 9:30 PM
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    humanoid

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    It really doesn't matter, it will still do its job whether the boot is facing up or down.
     
  5. Nov 27, 2008 at 9:32 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Depending on the shock. Many times rebound is slower than the compresion dampening, so if the shock is fliped, for compresion, you now have the rebound dampening trying to control the spring. Its better to mount them propperly. Just my $0.02 :)
     
  6. Nov 27, 2008 at 11:25 PM
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    MyToyTaco

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    My 5125's came from toytech with the eye-to-stud adapter mounted on the opposite end of the boot. I installed mine with the boot at the bottom - should i reverse this? rides great the way it is..
     
  7. Nov 28, 2008 at 1:28 AM
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    TRD4x4858

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    Mine are mounted just like this ^^^ its the way they go on a first gen :D
     
  8. Nov 28, 2008 at 5:38 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Contact Bilstien and find out what the compression damping, and the rebound damping are on that shock. I cant find my info, but I belive the compression damping is speed sensative, and a slower damping rate (allowing fast spring movement), while the rebound is a single rate, and allows a slower spring movement. If thats the case, I would reverse them so the shock boot is "up".
     
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