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Old 07-18-2014, 03:09 PM
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After doing extensive research on leveling kits for my 2012 1500 outdoorsman crew (which im still in and why im asking for advice) I have narrrowed it down to the two best options I can think find for reviews.

First is the good old spacer kits, after liking the positive reviews on the daystar and the idea of the urathane over the metal kits I decide that the Daystar seems to be the best spacer style lift. I had just about decided that this was they way to go when I started looking into the Billstein 5100 kits.

For a little less then double the money I could get the 5100's front shocks over the spacer. Which since the mopar kits run billstein shocks it seems like that would be a good deal as well since they work together. not to mention the adjustability.

With that back ground information here are my questions:

1. of those of you who have had either, have you noticed any major issues or benefits that would make sense one way or the other?

2. Anybody with the 5100 series do just the front shocks or is it preffered to do all four at the same time?

3. does the billstein 5100 improve the ride? ive heard alot of people say yes especially on gravel and offroad, which I do hunting and fishing alot, but have also heard it makes it rougher.

4. what are the adjustments spaces on the 5100 for my truck? I see a ton of people go straight to the 2.8 inch but i measured mine and 2.5 would be perfect level.

Any help answering these questions would be huge! want to pull the trigger next week but still sort of split on the decision! thanks in advance.
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I did the 5100 set at 2.8, i had 2.75 rake prior to leveling. After i finished the install it was dead level. Took it for a front end alignment and now i have .25 rake. The ride to me seems the same. My advice on the install is to remove your brake caliper and zip tie it up, not necessary but will make the job easier. Oh and pay attention to instructions especially where to install the washer. (Dont ask how i know)
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Thats a great article thank you for that. Did you just install the front shocks or did you do the whole way around?
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Thats a great article thank you for that. Did you just install the front shocks or did you do the whole way around?
Most guys just do the front, I'd say around 80%. You can do the back if you want a slightly better ride quality but they aren't required. If you're fine with how the back is riding now then I'd say save your money for other mods.
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The best way I can describe the ride quality between Bilsteins over stock is this. Going over a rough section of road or train tracks on stock shocks can make your truck feel like it's bouncing over the road where as when I installed the Bilsteins, the truck absorbed the bumps/tracks more controllably and comfortably. The difference is Bilsteins have much better valving which greatly improves rebound and compression rate over stock.
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I bought the rears and installed bags since i tow once in awhile. Im very pleased with the set up. As stated rears are not necessary, but if money is no object do it.
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