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Bilstein 5100 Install Fail

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Mehoff, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. Jun 14, 2017 at 7:56 PM
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    Mehoff

    Mehoff [OP] New Member

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    Oh gurus of the internet, please help with my failure/confusion.

    I went to install bilstein 5100's on my 2015 2wd Tundra and wasn't even close. I got the shocks off fine, got the springs transferred over to the Bilsteins using spring compressors.....which is where I noticed the huge issue. The spring was compressed a good 2.5-3" in order to get the hat on. I trundled forward undeterred, got the shock back into the car and went to button everything up only to be faced with the inevitable: the spring was fully compressed and therefore could not give the motion necessary to reinstall the hub onto the lower arm. Basically, by installing the bilstein 5100's the spring was fully loaded.

    What am I missing...this is driving me nuts????!!!!

    Notes:

    I checked and double checked the parts were correct
    I was using the middle setting
     
  2. Jun 14, 2017 at 10:05 PM
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    - Bull Bar - LED Bunny Burners - AMP retractable running boards - Headlight leveling retrofit - P3 Brake Controller - 60% rear seat delete - relocation of Sub to rear wall - Bilstein 5100 x4, top setting with 2 shims per side - Coach builder +2 rear shackles w/carrier bearing drop - Firestone Air bags - on-board compressor with auto-leveling - Dual Undercover Swing Boxes. - P285/65/R20 (34.6") BFG TA KO2's - TRD Front skid plate - Pop & Lock Tailgate lock - Remote Tailgate mod - LED Headlights - Nav Bypass - iPhone integration - Serius/XM retrofit - 25% front tint - Bizon electric tonneau cover - Power folding tow mirror upgrade - 2010+ leveling Headlight mod - Auto-fold mirror mod. - one-touch lane changer mod - Flash to open garage opener mod - Rigid H/L fog light upgrade - Pushbutton / Remote start mod.
    Is it possible you put the adjustment collars on upside down?
     
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  3. Jun 14, 2017 at 10:42 PM
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    Mehoff

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    Motherf$&@er!!! That's it.

    Worse yet, kept comparing the strut I wasn't installing to install instructions (that one was was put together correctly). I'm an idiot. Thanks bobeast.
     
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  4. Jun 14, 2017 at 10:44 PM
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    bobeast

    bobeast really old member

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    - Bull Bar - LED Bunny Burners - AMP retractable running boards - Headlight leveling retrofit - P3 Brake Controller - 60% rear seat delete - relocation of Sub to rear wall - Bilstein 5100 x4, top setting with 2 shims per side - Coach builder +2 rear shackles w/carrier bearing drop - Firestone Air bags - on-board compressor with auto-leveling - Dual Undercover Swing Boxes. - P285/65/R20 (34.6") BFG TA KO2's - TRD Front skid plate - Pop & Lock Tailgate lock - Remote Tailgate mod - LED Headlights - Nav Bypass - iPhone integration - Serius/XM retrofit - 25% front tint - Bizon electric tonneau cover - Power folding tow mirror upgrade - 2010+ leveling Headlight mod - Auto-fold mirror mod. - one-touch lane changer mod - Flash to open garage opener mod - Rigid H/L fog light upgrade - Pushbutton / Remote start mod.
    Awesome. Glad we got it figured out.
     
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  5. Jun 14, 2017 at 11:01 PM
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    MotoTundra

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    Nice work brother!
     
  6. Jun 15, 2017 at 3:49 AM
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    laniermax

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    Retrax Pro, AMP Bed Step, Aries 3D Mats, Thule Roof Rack, Bilstein 5100's, SCS SR8 Wheels, Toyo AT2's.
    I just had 5100's installed on my truck last week. When I looked at that collar, I thought it would be easy to install it upside down. In fact, that's the first thing I looked at when I got my truck back - to see if it was installed properly. Post some pictures!!
     
  7. Jun 15, 2017 at 4:09 AM
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    Yes, pictures would be nice for those of us planning to do this in the future. I would hate to make the same mistake you did :)
     
  8. Jun 15, 2017 at 8:05 AM
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    Just lights for now

    Check your underwear to see if they are backwards too...it happens sometimes and drives me nuts when I got to go take a piss!!!!
     
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  9. Jun 15, 2017 at 8:39 AM
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