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Suspension Question Regarding Bilstein Adjustable 5100 - how are these adjustable?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Tacozona, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Tacozona

    Tacozona [OP] Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    WA (state of)
    2002 Xtra Cab TRD 4x4
    ARB bumper Warn winch 3" suspension lift canopy with safari rack AR Teflon Mojave wheels BF Goodrich MT
    I just ordered my Toytec suspension kit with the Bilstein 5100s.
    Basically, 2 shocks with 2 adjustable struts (5100 Bilsteins)
    I have never dealt with coilovers.
    I have only installed basic Bilstein shocks without ever trying to level out a vehicle.
    My question is that based upon a quick visual I don't see how the front struts are "adjustable". I know I a spring compressor to remove old struts from coils. Just don't get the adjustable part of the shocks.

    I am sure this is a ridiculous question...:confused:
  2. topgun155

    topgun155 Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    First Name:
    Richmond, TX or College Station, TX
    08 Prerunner V6 Black
    Viper Alarm, In Pro Car Wear L.E.D. Tail Lights, Fog Lights, ScanGuageII, AvidOffroad Light Bar, Ammo Box Mod, Tailgate Theft Prevention Mod, Satoshi Grill, Hella 500ff behind the grill, blendmount, Cruise Control Mod, Fog Light Mod, 5100's @1.75, Toytec TSB AAL 1.5".
    There should be three groves that the bottom spring holder thing will go to. You choose which one you want.
  3. A7XT

    A7XT Reppin UWYO

    May 1, 2009
    First Name:
    '09 TRD Sport V6 Silver
    BRUTEFORCE FAB HYBRID BUMPER!, 1.5 AAL, 5100 at 2.5" in front, foglight and DRL mod, fully de-badged, diff-breather mod, aux backup lights, rear view switch on mod, full husky floor liners, yellow wire mod, black action packer toolbox, Rockford P3SD412 sub on a hifonics Zues, Pioneer 4200DVD, hitch recovery shackle, Toyota Ski racks over bed, 55W Bixenon 6000K, Rigid 4" LED bars on bumper, Black Ultra Thunder 17" rims
    i just got mine in the mail today. Mine have four grooves and a large "c" clip that fits in one of the grooves. You simply pry it a little to get it out of one groove and pick the groove you want based on how much lift you want. Then the bottom plate (which is the metal silver plate that hold up the bottom of the spring) slides down and catches on the overhanging c clip, then you just put coils on and good to go!
  4. Downsouth Motorsports

    Downsouth Motorsports Downsouth Motorsport Vendor

    Nov 28, 2008
    Mission Valley, San Diego
    Front King 2.5, Coilovers, Camburg UCA, Rear King 2.0 Shocks, Lots of Tinted Windows, Cherry Third Owner
    Good evening,
    Figured I would throw my 2 cents in on this one...
    Also the Gen "1" Bilstein 5100 Fronts will have the "3" snap ring grooves..
    The Gen "2" will have the "4" and the reason they are "Adjustable" is for the reason that a few of you had stated.What you are doing is adding pre-load to the spring in order to change the ride height..That is why when you set it at the 2.5" Mark, they are pain to get the springs on because you have to pre-load them so much.
    The main advantage to the 5100's is they have been valved to help compensate for the added Pre-Load...
    Hope this helps....
    Thank you,
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