Boobsley - I like your new look. I want to do the same thing to my 2007 T 2WD. I currently have Bills set on 2nd perch. The 4x4 moogs are sitting the garage waiting to go into action. Before I install them, I have a couple of questions:Bilsteins installed today. All 4 corners middle perch. Loving the feel & the new stance.
Boobsley - I like your new look. I want to do the same thing to my 2007 T 2WD. I currently have Bills set on 2nd perch. The 4x4 moogs are sitting the garage waiting to go into action. Before I install them, I have a couple of questions:
(1) Regarding the grey insulators that wrapped around the base of the springs that you were asking about, how did that get resolved?
(2) Does middle perch make the ride too rough?
(3) What are your measurements at the front and rear fenders.
Great job on the pics! My truck is also Brawny Red and KC too. Our trucks could be twins..Thanks for your posting.
An older thread says 111ft/lbs. I haven't checked the service manual though. I just tightened the crap out of mine when I did them.Sorry if this buried somewhere in this thread, but what are the torque specs on the rear shocks?
5100 Install and Tips
....With the 5100's set on the bottom setting, it was a much improved ride over stock. Soaked up bumps amazingly with less sway in the corners, but it was still a little too much for me.
My current setup is with the 5100's set on the middle perch and the ride is amazing. Minimal lean with a very solid feeling over bumps. Extremely happy with it.
I'm wondering about the clip position.........I'm about to drop mine back down for a smoother ride and to add a 2" spacer.
With 08 4x4 springs and 5100's on the second setting I was at 39.5." I added a 2" spacer but dropped the spring to the first setting and now i'm at 41." So the springs only added .5" from bottom to middle setting. The ride is noticeably better on the first notch, but it still has that "truck" feel to it. I also don't run my swaybar.
Everything is in the correct order... only the washers are flipped in the opposite direction, so that they contour the rubber bushings, rather than what is shown here, where the contours of the washers face opposite the rubber bushings.Spring orientation would not be a big deal, however, if the washers are not placed correctly and in the correct order, the strut will push through the top of the bushing and ruin the struts. If they followed the directions supplied by Bilstein, and did not reuse the OEM washer in the correct position, the install is wrong.
If I pulled into my driveway at a moderate speed my truck would thud. I looked years ago and there was only about an inch and a half of travel between the stops.I was able to get my 5100's installed in the Seattle area for $228 from a reputable off-road shop.
I like the 5100's, but they seem about as good as my OEM were when new.
The only thing the OEM didn't handle well was rebound (the OEM struts in front could handle the initial impact of a speed bump well, but going over the bump when the suspension would be rebounding the truck would make a "whack" or "thud" sound), I need to get some more miles on my 5100's to see how they handle rebound.