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Old 03-06-2013, 04:53 PM
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Before I bring my truck into the shop, I just need to clarify something about the installation of the bilstein 5100 front struts.

on a 2007 Ram 1500, Do you, or do you not REUSE the stock lower coil spring seat? what about the upper? how does the bottom come off if you re use it? just figured id ask so i can let my mechanic know i couldnt find a specific answer anywhere! thanks alot guys

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I just looked at my stock strut off my '07....if you have to re-use the lower spring seat off the stock strut, I would hate to be the one that has to try getting it off of there. The upper falls off once you get the nut off the factory shock shaft....if it is anything like mine, what a PITA!

IDK about the 5100's and the install, I went a different direction and bought Ranch QuickLifts that come pre-loaded with new springs and ready to install.
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hmm.. i already bought the 5100s and see tons of guys on here using them. someone must know, and must know how hard the stock sprint seat is to get off..
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Don't second guess your purchase. The 5100's are the best way to level the coilover trucks. Not saying there aren't other good ways but the Bilsteins are the best.

It's been a long time since I had the 5100's installed on my 2006 but to the best of my memory you do have to reuse the stock spring seat. I don't remember how it comes off but I don't think it's difficult once you get the spring compressed and removed from the strut assembly. The shop I had install mine didn't seem to have ever seen a set of them before and didn't have any issues with the install. There are enough peeps on this forum with them that maybe someone else with a little more current knowledge will chime in for you.
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Thanks man, yeah because they don't even sell lower spring seats online or Atleast I couldn't find any all I could find is the uppers. I just need to know for sure on the lowers before I take it there and they take it all apart. My plan is to level it and run 295/65 on the stock 20s . Already have a 3" body lift
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you have to re use the stock spring seat and top cover. In order to get it off you have to bang off the end cap of the stock strut. Just use a old flat head screwdriver and big hammer and knock that SOB off of there. It's really easy, takes like 10 seconds. I even had to re use the bump stop cushion things because my bilsteins didn't come with a new one (i see the guys buying the ones for the 4th gens do). The only thing my set of bilsteins came with was the shock itself, the little ring that you position to the desired height, and a large wedged piece that the stock spring seat sits over.

read this guys write up. he explains having to remove that end cap. I think he had way more trouble than I did.

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=89526
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I thought some more about your main question this morning and I was pretty certain I remembered the deal with the spring seat correctly. Then I Googled and found a write-up that confirmed what I was thinking.

You do reuse the factory spring seat. As I said earlier, you might have to peck it once with a hammer to break it loose but it basically just slides off. The only catch is I think you have to knock something off the old strut....maybe an end cap I think...in order to get the old spring seat off. It's no big deal. Another job for the hammer. Those old struts are garbage anyway.

The write-up I found is for a fourth gen but the overall install is largely the same and it has some good pics. I won't be able to link to it from here but just Google "Dodge Ram Bilstein 5100 install". It's the very first response and it's titled "Bilstein 5100 DIY Install (Pic Heavy) - ***************". I'm sure there is a write-up on our own forum somewhere but that is the first one I found with Google.
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Lol, we were apparently typing more or less the same info at the same time. Great info. I think between the two of us he should have what he needs!

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Lol, we were apparently typing more or less the same info at the same time. Great info. I think between the two of us he should have what he needs!

haha ya. I used that same write up from the other forum that you talked about. It was a great write up. But the other ones from our forum had some things on it he didn't. I compiled info from about 3 different write ups.

Yup, he should be good to go! Or his mechanic at least
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Awesome thanks guys I really appreciate it! My mechanic didn't want to take it apart because he thought the lower spring seats were welded to the strut. Ill just print the article out for him so he can read it. Alot of people don't know alot about aftermarket stuff to raise and lower a vehicle Atleast not in my area. Mainly shops are just used to replacing own shit.
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