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Lots of towing...need some help

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by grundletaint, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. Mar 27, 2017 at 12:57 PM
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    My '12 just hit 76,000 miles and I'm starting to notice the suspension is softening so I think it's time to address it.

    It's a work truck and I tow a crapload and spend a lot of time on the highway so I don't think I'm looking for a lift or even leveling.

    I just want something robust that will last a while. I imagine the answer is 5100s. Is that all I need? Keep factory springs and leafs?
     
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    @ColoradoTJ is our resident expert on this subject.
     
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    So your shocks are most likely shot. Replace them with a Bilstein 4600, has lifetime warranty. I would not lift the truck an inch if it is a work/tow rig on a daily basis.

    These trucks can work hard, day in, day out for many years without a bunch of maintenance.
     
  6. Mar 27, 2017 at 2:21 PM
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    Awesome thanks! Definitely don't care about lifting and it's under CPO warranty so I don't want to risk messing with that.

    This is what I'm looking for? http://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspensi..._c=1&t_s=90&t_pt=3306&t_pn=S/DSHOCKINGBIL4600
     
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    Right on. I just called for a labor quote and the dude started ranting about struts so I hung up.

    I just need to order 2 front and 2 rear, correct?
    http://m.autoanything.com/suspension-systems/61A5657A0A0.aspx

    Thanks for the help. I've never needed to replace the suspension on anything.
     
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    You need two shocks for the rear, two Coilover shocks up front. Most people call them struts until @jberry813 schooled us all on the differences.

    http://m.autoanything.com/suspensio...gn=FTI&utm_content=Build+Your+Own+Link+(BYOL)
     
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    What is the difference between the 4600s and 5100s for the rear?
     
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    One is for factory ride and hieght, other is for small lift and off-road.
     
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    Aesthetics aside, from what I can tell they're mechanically the same but the 5100 has a little more play in case it's used in conjunction with a lift.
     
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  14. Mar 27, 2017 at 5:34 PM
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    How much lift is typ with stock leafs on our trucks?
     
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    1-3" are most common, either by blocks or shackles, or both.
     
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  17. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:21 PM
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    The ones I would get. However, a well set up LDH should not need them.
     
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    I think you misunderstood my question. You say the 5100s in the rear will give a "small lift". What do folks with 5100s in the rear typically see as a "small lift"?
     
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    no, what @ColoradoTJ is saying is the rear 5100s don't give you any lift, but they can be used when you have a little lift in the rear, via blocks, shackles, and/or custom leaf packs
     
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    Now I'm scoopin' what you're poopin'! Thanks for the clarification.
     
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    Now I'm wondering if I should go ahead and get new springs/leafs with the shocks so I can just overhaul it all at the same time and not have to worry about it for a while.

    If so, just the OEM from sparks or something?

    Or maybe something like this in case I do want to level some or change my wheels in the future: https://bilsteinlifts.com/shop/unca...RcTn9FP60ZPOntEgHMD3CC-C5-uJWkmZDAaAgzA8P8HAQ

    @ColoradoTJ any thoughts? Is that a dumb idea for a daily driver/hauler?

    Thanks!
     
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