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starquestbd22 01-19-2012 07:54 PM

POLL: Which setting for Bilstein 5100? Photos to choose.
 
This is in response to my own thread "Optimum setting for Bilstein 5100?"

In my quest to determine whether or not I want to do a Bilstein level and what setting, today I parked my truck on the most level pavement at my house and shoved the jack under the front crossmember. Tell me what you think!! I'm leaning towards #3 but is that too much fender well for the stock 33" tires? Taller tires is probably not an option right now.

Before the "lift" I measured 6.125" between the front tire and the fender. I measured 9" for the rear. Here's a stock pic.

http://www.ramforumz.com/PHOTOPOST/d...tock_6_125.jpg

Then I got to "lifting". Here's my simulated 1.3-1.4" lift. Front fender distance measured 7.5".

http://www.ramforumz.com/PHOTOPOST/d...lift_1_375.jpg

And here is my simulated 2.0-2.1" lift. Front fender distance measured 8.125".

http://www.ramforumz.com/PHOTOPOST/d..._lift_2_00.jpg

And lastly, just for kicks even though I do not intend to go this high, here is my simulated 2.5" lift. Front fender distance measured 8.625"

http://www.ramforumz.com/PHOTOPOST/d..._lift_2_50.jpg

09nitetrain 01-19-2012 08:23 PM

the last two couldnt really tell the difference, but i would say the last one, unless your always hauling or towing then go for the second to last one even maybe the last one and put a helper spring in the back to make it not sqaut so much when loaded but then you might end up with a rougher rear end ride

Crash 01-19-2012 08:32 PM

2.1" setting for me but I have fourth gen. my thread is here with measurements if you want to check it out
http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=67017
good luck, you're going to love the ride

DOZER 01-20-2012 01:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 09nitetrain (Post 700306)
the last two couldnt really tell the difference, but i would say the last one, unless your always hauling or towing then go for the second to last one even maybe the last one and put a helper spring in the back to make it not sqaut so much when loaded but then you might end up with a rougher rear end ride

What he said^^^^^^^

Mad Cow 01-20-2012 02:14 AM

I say set it at max.

Rammin 01-20-2012 02:46 AM

Third pic....no question.

HOOAHHemi 01-20-2012 05:06 AM

Bro do you have the Bilsteins at your house?? Set it to the max!! If you take a few steps back and don't like it, then it will only take you half a day to crank it down a notch. I think the 3rd and 4th pics are almost the same. Go big or go home, thats how I feel.

starquestbd22 01-20-2012 08:33 AM

Thanks for all the replies....keep em coming!!

In response to a few comments....

Yeah, I can't tell hardly any difference between #3 and #4 either in the photos but I'm certain that it was 3/8-1/2" higher.

I really don't do any towing. If I did it wouldn't be more than a utility trailer with some landscaping materials on it maybe once a year if even. Same for hauling. Mostly taking the garbage off or bringing something home from Lowes....couple hundred pounds of camping gear every now and then. That's about it.

Hooah, I don't have them yet. Been trying to decide for certain if and how I want to do it and kinda waiting to see what tax time is going to bring. Did you do yours yourself? I was thinking you did. Do you have to compress the coil spring any further to get it on the Bilstein than to get it off the stocker?

Also, I didn't realize until just yesterday that the Bilsteins for the third gens only have four settings with 2" being the max. That's what I'm leaning towards.

Whiskey26 01-20-2012 11:26 AM

I would def. go with the max, looks the way it should. Level all the way. I am in the process of deciding how im going to do mine as I have an 05 the 5100's are not an option. Cant wait to level mine. Sweet truck.

Trucks n Guns 01-20-2012 04:28 PM

I put mine at the max and it does not sit nose high. There are some pics in a diff thread. I did end up putting 34" tires on it to fill in the gap a bit, but I needed new rubber anyway.


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