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Old 04-08-2013, 10:52 PM
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I am wanting to level the front of my 2011 1500. Everyone seems to like them and I like the idea that I can still use them later when I can afford a 6" lift. I went to local 4 wheel parts today and the guy told me he did not recommend them because it was too much pressure on the adjusting ring. Said they had had customers have them break and cause damage. He said the spacer is better safer and cheaper. Seems like the spacers still leave them with some rake and I would prefer little to no rake at all. Anyone have this happen or any thoughts. Thanks in advance
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I've got over 13000 miles of which 10,000 of those are on bilsteins. No breakage as of yet but exactly what kind of abuse are we talking on a light duty front end? If your talking about some serious jumps like the one thread on here showing what happened to a Ford truck then I would say yes, by all means stay away from adjustables and go straight for full on stadium truck coilovers. But if you are wanting a better riding shock than stock with the ability to level the front, then Bils or even the Rancho's would be perfect. And as far as rake goes, if you are ever going to tow anything behind that capable Ram, that rear end is going to sag and sag big time if you don't bag it or install HD coil springs to help keep your headlights pointing to the sky.
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That makes absolutely no sense what he told you. Lift with bilstiens, its works....carry on now
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not sure how the adjuster would break? cause its covered once your shock is installed to the spring...but so far theyve held up for me on the nebraska no maintnance roads and its been muddy as heck here and also my pick up sits perfect when there maxed at the 2.8" setting
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Thanks for the info everyone. I know everyone on here speaks highly of the bilstiens but I thought it was odd that he would try to talk me out of something more expensive. Thanks again
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another thing is the bilsteins ride about 10X smoother than the spacers...my buddy did the spacers and is very dissapointed with the ride quality
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I have to disagree with the ride quality. I have 2" ready lift spacers and it rode the same before and after. I can't see how a spacer would change the ride since it sits in top on a 4wd. Now on a 2wd where it sits inside I swapped to a liner shock to compensate.
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I watched a video with a guy describing the bilsteins and he said that actual strut rod would fail before that little snap ring does. Which would be rare and need some serious force. It does seem sketchy that the little ring supports so much but..it does and does it well. don't be scared
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I have to agree with RyanJM. The Bilstiens actually compress the spring, loss of down travel or droop and increasing static ride height. But you just get their very generic 5100 shock to make up for it as well as a slightly longer strut....

With the strut spacer the only short coming is with no diff drop the suspsension uptravel is reduced and can over extend suspension down travel. Notice I said "can"...

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I have to agree with RyanJM. The Bilstiens actually compress the spring, loss of down travel or droop and increasing static ride height. But you just get their very generic 5100 shock to make up for it as well as a slightly longer strut....

With the strut spacer the only short coming is with no diff drop the suspsension uptravel is reduced and can over extend suspension down travel. Notice I said "can"...

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