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shelby78 08-13-2011 11:23 PM

Bilstein 5100 install. Pic heavy. 2011 ram 1500
I have had my 2011 ram since feb and it kept me happy for a week or 2. After a few poeple asking if it was 4 wheel drive i decided to actually make it "look" 4 wheel drive.

The stock tires were basically a car tire in a truck size. The ride high was something grandma could enjoy. That all had to change!

3 week's ago i got my "canadian" 35 goodyear duratrac's and a new set of rim's. The factory rake really showed it's head after the tire swap. My new boot's would scrub at full lock.

I ordered a set of belstein 5100's after alot of research and not wanting to install some to me chezy block's to level my truck.

My buddy owns a shop and we both had time to do it today. I didn't want to do this in my driveway and i'm glad i didn't.

If you would like to do this install quickly with minimal removal it will take 2 strong men to acomplish this (and 1.5 hours or so).

Yanking the old (5000kms) struts out was quick and easy. We then went to remove the lower spring support from the original shock's to install it on the belstein's to find a cap blocking the removal of the support.

The truck being new we weren't sure if yanking this cap off would open the pressurized strut or not. It didn't look like it would as the shock was crimped but you never know what engineer's will do.

I took some of the pics after the fact as my wife was waitingat home for breakfast and i got up early to go do this.

Shock cap blocking spring brace that need's to be removed pic.

This and the fact you need some weight and 2 guys were the only obstacles to this install. Removing the cap was easy but we weren't 100 percent sure the shock wouldn't blow when we did it.

Belstein as it comes out of the box pic.

Truck with factory garbage removed

5100's installed

Truck as delivered

Truck with new tire's rim

truck with Belstein 5100's

Front end before 5100's

Front end with 5100's

Before 5100's

After 5100's

So there's my 5100 belstein install. The truck look's like a truck now and all i have to do is exhaust and tint. I'll do a vid post when i finish the exhaust and some pics when the tint is done.

Nothing like buying an new truck and at 4000km's off the lot have to make it into a real truck :)

Before the 5100's the truck would scrub the tires at full lock. Now with the 5100 it will not rub at all.

platinuminjected 08-14-2011 12:07 AM

thats a sweet set up bud she looks awesome

shelby78 08-14-2011 10:56 PM

Thanks for the reply. I wish i could make the pics looks as good as the truck does in real life. I'm pretty happy with it. It's 1000 times better than it was from the dealer. I wish they would make a 4x4 look like a 4x4.

Appaloosa 08-14-2011 11:47 PM

Looks great. Nice combination. Really good write up as well... I'm looking at doing the 5100's this fall.

sxthemicrewcab 08-14-2011 11:51 PM

what size of tires are you running?

GeauxHunting 08-14-2011 11:51 PM

Love the new look man! Looks like a whole different truck! Very big improvement for sure!

shelby78 08-15-2011 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by sxthemicrewcab (Post 590642)
what size of tires are you running?

315/70/17's or as we say, Canadian 35's.

bflips 08-15-2011 10:03 PM

Nice job, I think I'll put the 5100's on my 2011 Crew Cab 4x4 after seeing the difference on your truck.
Your truck looks cool

NUTSHEMI 08-15-2011 10:46 PM

Looks much better. The bilsteins make should a huge diffrence. I love mine.

Dubyeh 08-17-2011 12:05 AM

How much did this set up cost you?

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