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Old 08-31-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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I thought I would start a new thread about the Bilstein 5100s. I am serious thinking about taking the factory rake out by using their adjustable shocks on the front. I have read, time and time again, the ride is great after installation (I am going Bilstein all-around if I can get my mind around the following). The biggest question I have is how many out there have vibration problems when they lock the hubs into four-wheel drive? My understanding is the major cause is the cv joints rubbing...Which is not good and might be enough to have me reconsider the installation! Would it pay to only lift the front end 1.5 to 1.75? Your comments appreciated.

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Old 09-01-2011, 03:44 PM   #2
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there was a recall (if I remember right) on the tie rods on certain models between 04-11 years... mainly on HDs though. I don't have any vibrating in my truck, but mine is an 08 QCSB 4x4. As for Bilsteins, I'm all over it too... need the $$$ first though
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Originally posted by Nunn:
there was a recall (if I remember right) on the tie rods on certain models between 04-11 years... mainly on HDs though. I don't have any vibrating in my truck, but mine is an 08 QCSB 4x4. As for Bilsteins, I'm all over it too... need the $$$ first though
Yeah, I forgotten about the tie rods issue. I don't believe that recall affect me as well. Same year and body style as yours. Another issue, if one can call it that, is my current garage was designed for yuppie-mobiles. As it is right now, I back the truck in with the back wheels to the garage step, to clear the garage door. Another issue is the garage door header height. It barely clears. If applying the shocks, to level the truck, changes the geometry much...I'll be forced to park outside (not a good idea) or it will have to wait when I move to CO. where my garage door header will be 8' and not 7'. < Actually, that was another question I had to someone if they had applied the shocks to their ride.
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
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The vibration can be caused by increasing the inner CV angle too far, improper alignment, bad tire balance, or a combination of all three. Increasing front ride height by 1.5" should be fine.
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Thanks Freeze! I appreciate the info.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:39 PM   #6
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Just finished installing the Bilstein 5100s. To say that "I am well pleased" doesn't even come close. I am ecstatic! The front is up a smigent below 1.75 inches and the ride is incredible! Now I just need to find some time and take it off road for the final litmus test. Certainly worth
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:45 AM   #7
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Well...I took it out four-wheelin' last night to see how the new Bilstein adjustable shocks would work and all I can say is a "BIG" ! The ride is so much better...
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