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Old 10-21-2014, 03:55 AM
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Hey guys,

Amongst a bunch of other mods I've been researching I've been looking at a slight lift for my truck. Nothing to much because it's still a daily driver and gas isn't cheap.

I was looking at the Bilstein 5100 adjustable but every website says that it's for the front. Is the same one going to fit on the rear of is it a different model? Anyone know the part numbers for a 2014 express?

Also, does it just use all the stock equipment such as the springs, bolts, adapters, etc?

I have the stock 20" rims with stock tires, if I set it to 2.8 will it make the tires look to small? Sorry for all the questions but this truck is the first time I've ever started modding and working on vehicles. Been a while since I was taking apart aircrafts.
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The front and rear shocks are different part numbers. The fronts are the only adjustable ones and will level out the truck in the front. They won't make your tires look small, but will give the truck a nice stance.
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So if the rear ones aren't adjustable, what size lift does the back have? Just dnot want the truck to be nose up if that makes sense.
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only the front ones lift the front end of the truck up. to level it out. getting rear bilsteins will not change the height of the rear at all
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The front Bilsteins are adjustable as they are a full strut assembly, not just a shock. They will use the top and bottom spring seats and springs from your stock struts.

As far as the rear goes you can put Bilsteins on but as the guys above said they will not provide any rear lift as they are only a shock. The weight of the truck is supported by the springs. You can buy coil spring spacers to install on the back if you do want more lift.

The first step you need to take is measuring all 4 fender heights of your truck to determine your stock rake. From there you will know where you will be sitting once the Bilsteins are installed at 2.8" You may not need any rear end lift at all.
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Oh ok. So with replacing the two front shocks with bilsteins is it recommended to replace the rear as well or do most people leave the stock rear shocks in?

And if I add the bilstein's to the front will it do anything to the rear? Should any of the four springs be replaced in the process?

I apologize for the endless questions.
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i only have Bilsteins in the front...handles and drives awesome
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I'd say 80% of guys only do the front Bilsteins and don't touch the rear at all. You'd be perfectly fine just running that setup. Whether or not you want to do the rears as well is dependant on you wanting a better ride quality.

There's no need to replace any of the springs.
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Thank you so much guys. Your information and the videos I've been watching online definitely answered all my concerns!
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I just had Bilsteins installed today at 2.1. Looks great.
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