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Bilstein 5100s

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by NMTundra, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. Jan 24, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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    New here and had a question hopefully someone can answer. Going to replace all 4 stock shocks on my 2006 DC 2WD with 139,000 miles on it, seems like the rears are pretty worn, getting a heck of a lot of bounce on the interstate over expansion joints and takes a bit to calm back down. Wanted to go with Bilstein 5100s at all 4 corners, since I'm going to be replacing the rears, and set the fronts at the middle notch to get it close to level. Is this https://www.amazon.com/Bilstein-Mon...01MQXDOL6/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 all I need? Saw a review on there that said the stock springs don't fit and didn't want to find that out once the shop has it torn down. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:05 PM
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  3. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:11 PM
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    Any reason to go this way over the Bilsteins for a 2WD that's likely never to do any offroading besides drive down a few caliche roads? Shop quoted $200 installed for the 4 Bilsteins so I'd be saving $300 over just the price of that kit. Not unwilling to spend the money if I need to, just unsure that I'd ever see the value from that given my usage case.
     
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  4. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:12 PM
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    That’s a pretty good price for installation. Does that come with an alignment?
     
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  5. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:16 PM
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    Nah, they quoted alignment as $100 extra if it's necessary, might get lucky and not need it but still figured $300 all in was a dang good price. Just trying to make sure I've got everything in order before I wind up buying the wrong thing.
     
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  6. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:20 PM
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    If you’re lifting it even a little. Just new springs are usually grounds for getting an alignment. Now if they promised to check it after the work is done for 0 fees that’s a good start.
     
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  7. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:23 PM
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    Yeah, he's planning on checking it for sure and then making the decision on whether to do it or not.
     
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    If you are trying to save money and never plan on lifting/adding any significant weight to the rear you can go with the 4600's in the back. Some don't like the idea of doing different shocks in the rear as the front, but if you're looking to save some money...
     
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  9. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:48 PM
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    Interesting idea, but I'm not sure I'd save a whole lot over that 4 pack I found. I'm not looking to be incredibly cheap, but at the same time I bought this truck this summer for cash instead of saving for a newer truck because I knew them to be nearly bulletproof and cheap to maintain and I didn't want to have an auto loan. I've got a 2018 F150 4x4 crew cab from work that handles about 99% of my general driving. The Tundra is mostly used for long road trips that I'm not allowed to take the work truck on, it'll probably see 5,000 miles per year generally. The choice of 5100s over 4600s is, admittedly, mostly cosmetic and just wanting to have a more level ride. I can't stand the 2wd rake.
     
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  10. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:53 PM
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    You are right, the savings would be insignificant. I am not a fan of the rake either and went with 5100's to correct it. On previous projects, I have used 5100's because once you start to lift you are only going to want to go higher.
     
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  11. Jan 24, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    Do all 4 corners fit fine with the stock springs? That Amazon listing has a review saying stock springs won't fit but that's the only mention I've seen of that anywhere on the internet and I wanted to be sure before I bought the package.
     
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    To answer your initial question, the stock springs will work with the new shocks. Just make sure you order the correct shocks - there are different size 5100s for different model vehicles.
     
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    Thanks man, I appreciate it.
     
  14. Jan 24, 2019 at 2:02 PM
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    Like Ferdie said the stock springs will work with the new shocks.
     
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    I'm new here but I'll put my 2 cents in. I put 5100s on all four corners of my 2004 DC RWD this past summer. I set the front, one notch above factory. It raised the front about 3/4 inch, I set it there because I didn't want to change the geometry much. Very happy with the 5100s and the alignment stayed in specs. That 3/4 inch helped the looks a lot. Then I put some 265/70 R17 tires on, this is all mild compared to what most guys do.

    Point is, I think you will be very happy with your plans. I'm very handy and done this myself. It's a bit tough and involved but went smoothly.
     
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    Oh sorry nhtundra, didn't see the 2WD part. Disregard what I suggested. The bilsteens should fit just right with what you are looking for.
     
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    So they will install 4 Bilsteins for $200, wow. Good price
     
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    Drive there fast and get it done!!!!!!!!! That is a great installed price. You will be super happy with the 5100's. The stock springs will work and you will probably need an alignment. All good, DO IT!!
     
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    So, I’ve become confused when ordering rear shocks. I’ve become even more confused after reading these threads.

    I have a stock 04 2wd. I tow a 5000# travel trailer using an Equalizer weight distribution hitch. I noticed this year that my rear doesn’t handle the weight as well, so I wanted to change the rear shocks, since I’m sure they haven’t been changed ever.

    I’m looking at the Bilstein 5100’s, but it looks like they are for lifted trucks. Can I put these on a truck that hasn’t been lifted? If not, are the 4600’s a good alternative?
     
  20. Jun 5, 2019 at 8:20 AM
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    You can use the 5100 on a stock truck, they are made with a inch extra travel Incase you want to raise the rear up 1 inch .
     
  21. Jun 5, 2019 at 8:22 AM
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    Thank you sir.
     

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