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Good evening everyone. Today I installed my Bilstein 5100's and to say the least it was not very fun at all. Me and my buddy started around 12:30 pm and did not complete the installation until 6:45 pm. We thought at the most this install was going to take 1-2 hours. The stock strut and coil gave us the most trouble. I just can't believe my truck is less than a year old with rust and corrosion already beginning to show on certain parts. Taking the strut assembly apart from the coils took a hour alone.. After the first Bilstein was installed, dis assembly of the other stock strut and coil was a breeze until we had to remove the strut from the springs. Again the nut was rusted and corroded and the extra lock-tite on the threading really made the process miserable. I decided the 2.1 inch setting would be ideal for me.. Many other people on the forum either went with 2.1 or 2.8, ultimately helping me decide to settle with 2.1. Unfortunately I' am not very satisfied with the way the truck sits now. The front end sits noticeably higher than the rear. I'm not sure if this is because the shock needs to break in are "settle" but as of right now I' am not pleased. I also read that the Bilstein's ride quality is unsurpassed to the stock struts. It seems the ride is VERY stiff right now. Again I'm not sure if the shock needs to break in or not but the ride feels worse now. After driving into my apartment complex and driving over the many speed bumps, I noticed a very noticeable "clunk" noise coming from the front of the truck. I'm positive the noise is coming from the new Bilstein strut. We made sure everything was buttoned up tight and installed correctly. I double checked all my work. Does anyone know what this noise can be? I'd really hate to have to redo all of this work again. It may come down to that if the noise persists. Sorry everyone I had to vent out my concern and dissatisfaction with the way the installation went. Anyways here is some pictures of the truck with the Bilstein's right after install tonight..



Looks to me the rear is sagging and the front is to high...



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Well first off, you need to get a front end alignment done. Just from the pictures I can see it's way out. That will help with the ride quality and how it sits. From there see how it goes. If it still sits to high in the front you could always lower it a setting, but personally I'd buy coil spacers for the rear. They're cheap and higher is always better
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when i first did my bills the front was at 3 1/2" eventually settled down to 2 3/4" and ride improved....wait a bit before a wheel alignment and let them settle
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As far as the height goes, did you measure all four corners, if you had, you would know what the rake is in your truck and you could have set the shocks to the correct height, I also know when my buddy did my Bilsteins, he marked the springs and double checked to make sure the shocks were properly indexed, not so sure why install took so long, changed mine in 1 hour
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Well first off, you need to get a front end alignment done. Just from the pictures I can see it's way out. That will help with the ride quality and how it sits. From there see how it goes. If it still sits to high in the front you could always lower it a setting, but personally I'd buy coil spacers for the rear. They're cheap and higher is always better
No I have not had an alignment done yet. I will definitely get that done ASAP. How much are spacers and what is a good site to buy them on?

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when i first did my bills the front was at 3 1/2" eventually settled down to 2 3/4" and ride improved....wait a bit before a wheel alignment and let them settle
Yeah I'm thinking they need to settle a bit. About how long did it take for you Bills to settle that 3/4 inch? So you are saying to hold off on the alignment for now? I was going to get one tomorrow.. Should I wait til next week?

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As far as the height goes, did you measure all four corners, if you had, you would know what the rake is in your truck and you could have set the shocks to the correct height, I also know when my buddy did my Bilsteins, he marked the springs and double checked to make sure the shocks were properly indexed, not so sure why install took so long, changed mine in 1 hour
No unfortunately I did not measure all of the corners of the truck. I did not mark the springs either.. What do you mean "properly indexed"? Yeah I really wish I could go back and do it over. The installation would have went much smoother if I did a little more research.
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i would deff wait a week....i had my alignment done the next day i wish i would have waited....after a week i would say you are safe. my tires had the \---/ on the go right after install
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i would deff wait a week....i had my alignment done the next day i wish i would have waited....after a week i would say you are safe. my tires had the \---/ on the go right after install
Oh wow okay. Yeah that's the way mine look right now too LOL SO you're saying within a week the struts should be all settled and then go for an alignment?
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I would wait a few days also. Drive over some slightly rough terrain to speed the settling up some.

A good spacer is the .75" from Top Gun Customz. Simple rear coil spacer. But I'd wait and see where you settle to. Did you do before/after measurements to see where you are now? If you are nose high on the 2.1 setting you must be nearly 3" I would guess. You should settle a bit and once wheels are aligned it will come down a tiny bit more.

And after all that the ride should improve too.
On the clunk issue there are a couple other threads that mentioned that. On all cases it was a minor install issue but I forget what. It's here somewhere. Do a quick search and see.
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I would wait a few days also. Drive over some slightly rough terrain to speed the settling up some.

A good spacer is the .75" from Top Gun Customz. Simple rear coil spacer. But I'd wait and see where you settle to. Did you do before/after measurements to see where you are now? If you are nose high on the 2.1 setting you must be nearly 3" I would guess. You should settle a bit and once wheels are aligned it will come down a tiny bit more.

And after all that the ride should improve too.
On the clunk issue there are a couple other threads that mentioned that. On all cases it was a minor install issue but I forget what. It's here somewhere. Do a quick search and see.
Okay excellent I will wait until next week. Unfortunately I did not do any measurements before the install and believe me I'm kicking myself in the butt for it.. I'm kind of concerned about the clunking noise now. Along with the noise it also feels like something up front is loose. I only feel and hear the clunking noise when driving over the speed bumps at my apartment complex. Maybe I over tightened the LCA nut or steering assembly? I just went out turned my wheels and checked both sides. Everything looks tight. I don't know what can be causing the noise. Would you happen to have a link to the thread? I did some searching but no resolution yet.. I may have to end up spending more money to get this resolved. I just don't like when things go wrong on a $40,000 dollar truck. Hopefully it will be alright. thanks for the help guys.
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They will settle by how much that idk. I used spacers on my 13 since that's what they liked at the dealer I got it from as far as warranty then the alignment was out so I got that done. I have done lowering springs in my 98 trans am and got it aligned at NTB right after doing it then the new shocks and springs settled a little more so I went back and had them do it again and make any little adjustments. Love the 3 year alignment special if you are planning on having it like me. I get mine aligned every 6 months. Dam pot holes and other stuff knocks it out ever so slightly each time. I am a little OCD about rotating, rebalancing, and realigning my vehicles for best tire wear and performance.
Always have to measure before that's how I decided on a 2" spacer vs a 2.5"
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