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I've been talking to my suspension & alignment shop on this and thought I'd pass on their advice. They have done both types and this is what they tell me. Either way the stock springs remain the same. Either way you lose some suspension down travel with a suspension modification. The bilsteins move up the lower spring cup, thats how they achieve the lift. To install them you disassemble the strut assembly and replace the shock portion and index where the lower cup is on the shock body with the snap ring. The spacer type leveling block goes over the strut thus moving down the upper spring cup resulting in the same suspension lift. You do not have to disassemble the strut for these which makes it easier to change back if you have a problem. They don't believe the bilstein shock is much better than the stock shock which was selected for the right suspension (dampening) tune for the vehicle. They do not recommend using any suspension lift exceeding 2-1/2 of lift or you risk making the system unstable (death wobble) and it may not be possible to get perfect alignment. Going higher than that requires a body lift. Bottom line is they will install any leveling kit I like, but recommend that I use a 2" spacer block type. I'm still on the fence on if I'm going to level or not.
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I've been researching the forum for the past couple of days and for the most part the general consensus is that the Bilsteins are the way to go. The hard part now is find them in stock anywhere.
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I had 2.5" spacers in mine and now have Bilsteins set at 2.8". I personally like the Bilsteins better. They gave it more lift even though it's only .3" it is very noticable. I also put the 2.25" progressive rate rear coils and Bilstein 5100's on the rear. I bought them at Top Gun Customz.
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