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What is the life expectancy of the 5100's if the stock struts are only 40K miles? I went with a leveling spacer and ride is the same as stock. I didn't want to blow out the 5100's before I had enough money to lift the truck.
Leveling spacers are a waste of money if your plans include a lift kit. Most lifts for the 4th gen 4x4 include a spacer of some sort and you would be better off with 5100's if that is the case.

I plan to run the leveling kit until I can afford 37's, 5100's and a 6" lift. By that point though I will have close to 100k miles and ready for new struts and tires, again
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IRT to the "dealer kits"... if you are referring to the MOPAR 2" lift kit, thats the one thats gonona run 1500-2000 insalled. I downloaded the book and can get the number to make sure we are all on the same page, but the one that was discontinued was the leveling kit, the spacers. You used to be able to go in and have the blocks put on your struts to get leveled out, now you cant (read shouldnt) be able to get them from a dealer since they are not offered in the MOPAR catalog.

The 2" lift is offered, and yes its a little over priced, but it depends on what you are looking for. Its actually gonna hike you up a bit more than just using Bilstein 5100s, becuase the MOPAR kit is 4 Bilstein 5100s, 2 rear progressive rate coils made by another company, (I want to say superlift) as well as some upper and lower travel stops you bolt on and the required hardware and acessories to relocate your brake lines.

Sure the stops and the relocation are a good thing to have, and to cover their backside is why the dealer wants them on a factory offered kit, but i called around a LOT and they are not required.

Ovbiously you can get the 5100s everywhere, and I looked and the progressive rate coils (SUP140) can be bought at a few webistes for under $160. The 5100s wont hike up your back end, the coils will, and I went 2.1 on my 5100s and have about 1" of rake. I have read that 2.8 setting on a stock 1500 leaves you nose high. teh MOPAR kit has the 5100s and the 2 rear coils so you raise the front and back, making it more of a true lift. if you go 5100s alone, you level out, and the bed feels stiffer, more like a tuck but wont come up.
Awesome information! I kinda figured it was something like that.. I'm only interested in raising the front. Plan on installing a TLC system on the rear eventually to better assist in towing.
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That's awesome that they stand behind their product like that. Even with a warranty though having to change them out every 50 or 60k miles is still a PITA.
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That's awesome that they stand behind their product like that. Even with a warranty though having to change them out every 50 or 60k miles is still a PITA.
Its still free and all you gotta pay is the labor
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I've got a link to a bilstein site that explains their engineering behind the 5100 adj, with pros and cons to other designs on leveling your truck...don't know if I'm allowed to post links in this forum but I'll be going bilstein without a doubt.
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Its still free and all you gotta pay is the labor

I'm not bashing Bilsteins at all since I hope to get a lift kit one day and run the 5100 adjustables. Until I go with a lift kit the spacer won't have to be replaced. So if I go 100k miles before lifting it I don't have to pay labor twice for the 5100's to be installed. I just hit the nuts with a torque wrench each time I have the tires off.

My point was that CV angles are going to change no matter which way you go. Even if the 5100's have lifetime warranty if you keep the truck long enough and don't lift it the spacers are cheaper in the end.

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hey, i definatlely am not trying to pursuade someone one way or the other, but there are definately some more pros and cons than you may have considered.

not only will the 5100's level the truck, they provide a superior ride to the stock shocks IMO. for me, it wasnt just about the level, thats why i changed out all 4 at 32,000 km. there was nothing wrong with the stock shocks, but the ride/response change with the bilsteins made it really worth my while.

i think i saw it mentioned in here, but there is a really good article to show the differnce between the working of the strut spacer and the adjustable 5100's. they operate in two different ways, and the strut spacer mounts to the top of the strut mount and does change the cv angle more than the 5100. before you make your final decision, you should read that too.

at frst i was going to do the readilift spacer (which looked like a great product from my research), until my friend (who is a mechanic) read the bilstein/spacer comparison article. he said definately go with the bilstein.

PLUS, bilstein was the adjustable strut assembly found in the mopar kit.
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My point was that CV angles are going to change no matter which way you go.
Correct statement

But some more than others.....
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not only will the 5100's level the truck, they provide a superior ride to the stock shocks IMO. for me, it wasnt just about the level, thats why i changed out all 4 at 32,000 km. there was nothing wrong with the stock shocks, but the ride/response change with the bilsteins made it really worth my while.
Heck, I only have 9,000 km (5,600 miles) before swapping mine out.
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