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Bilstein 5100s...Top or Middle setting?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ToyotaTundraMike, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Apr 10, 2016 at 3:45 PM
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    I think the middle is 1.8" and the top is 2.2".

    Getting my shocks put on this week and wondering which setting I should go with on the front shocks. Also getting the 275/70/18 Cooper ST Maxx tires put on this week. Any difference in ride quality between the two settings? Thoughts or recommendations? I tow my boat quite a bit, and don't plan on adding anything in the back. Definitely don't want the nose-up look.

    Anyone have pics of truck on middle setting?
     
  2. Apr 10, 2016 at 5:36 PM
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    Been thinking of the same thing, would definitely like to see some pics. after you have it done. Personally I think the top setting is just too much without doing something to the rear.
     
  3. Apr 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM
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    I think the middle setting is closer to 1.5" of lift. I had these on my Taco and set at the top. The ride was pretty firm with the spring compressed and eventually replaced the spring with a longer OME and set the clip back to stock position. Wished I had done that to begin with.

    I tow often as well including a boat and if you don't want a bro lean then I wouldn't do the top position. I would recommend an AAL or bigger shackles in the rear for towing though. It really does make a difference and you don't sag when towing.
     
  4. Apr 11, 2016 at 6:44 AM
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    Thanks, may look into the shackles. My boat and 4wheeler trailer are the only things that I tow, and they don't weigh very much, but I def don't want the lean.

    Nobody has gone with the middle setting? For those of you with Bilstein's on the top setting, do you have a bad lean while towing?
     
  5. Apr 12, 2016 at 6:44 AM
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    Well according to the specs on toytec website the middle setting is 1.57" and the top is 2.28"

    Decisions decisions....

    I'm thinking the 1.57" may be enough lift in the front for my taste (specially since im only going with 33's). Should give it a more level look without having the lean while towing the boat. Would love to see a picture of someone on middle setting.
     
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  6. Sep 27, 2016 at 2:36 PM
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    @ToyotaTundraMike - what did you end up doing then? Trying to decide the same thing. Would like as close to level as possible, but don't want anything where the front is too high. Do you have any pics? How is the ride at the top versus middle?
     
  7. Sep 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM
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    No regrets here @ middle setting. Check the link in my sig and theres some pics in my build thread. A perfect level is 2". Middle setting is about 1.7" so there is still a slight rake whereas the top setting is about 2.2" or so which looks more level but may give you the nose up look while towing.
     
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  8. Sep 27, 2016 at 3:28 PM
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  9. Sep 27, 2016 at 3:42 PM
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    @ToyotaTundraMike - thanks for the info. Truck looks great! No issues with 275/70r18 tires rubbing with middle setting?
     
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  10. Sep 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM
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    Thanks! No issues at all!
     
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    while i don't run 5100's i do have 6112's which are bigger and heavier in every way. they are set up on the 3rd setting which is likely very similar to what you'd get on the top setting with 5100's and the result is almost a perfect level with no changes to the rear at all.
     
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    I have the 5100's on top setting and when I initially installed them with no lift in rear, the front looked way too high but measured very close to perfectly level. Like @Law323 has mentioned before, these trucks are funny. They need at least 0.5" lift in rear to look level.
    The middle setting will look just right if you don't want to lift the rear at all. Just my opinion...
     
  13. Sep 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM
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    even though my measuring tape tells me i'm higher in the back end but very close to level i still find i'm tilting my head. they appear to sit cali-style without a little rake.
     
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