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Old 10-21-2013, 09:51 PM
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Honestly, what you're feeling over bumps probably isn't bump steer. The tires that these trucks come with are shit. Upgrade those and most of it will disappear. But the spacers are hard on your balljoints, etc. The Bilsteins will improve the handling and they have better valving so the truck will feel better over bumps. Especially after breaking them in. Those are the two biggest improvements to the vehicle for handling and ride quality.

Some people complain that the stock shocks are to blame for the truck feeling sketchy over bumps on the highway, some people blame the tires. But since you're going for a level anyway, the Bilstein's are much better for the truck and your ass. Then, if they don't improve the condition enough, think about replacing the stock tires with something better. Cooper HT Plus has been used and found to be a big improvement, for example.
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Yeah, they're crap. A lot of ppl just upgrade those and it can improve the situation 80% right there. Of course, if you go to an e load rated tire and run it at 60psi, don't expect an improvement..
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Do you know how "Goodyear" got it's name....







You're lucky if you get a good year out of them!!!!

I've always hated Goodyears, never had a set that ever lasted for any length of time or as long as I thought they should.
I do plan on changing tires but being a tight a$$ I'll wait till the Goodyear's are worn out.
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Sounds like it's time to practice burn outs and smoke screens then
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You can always sell the stockers for a few hun to offset the cost of new tires..
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Bilsteins arrived yesterday, won't get around to installing them till next week. Seems everyone is setting them up at 2.1" setting so I'll probably do the same.
Another alignment after that and hope the shimmy / shake is gone, or it damn well better be!

Good idea to sell the stock tires, Thanks.
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Alrighty it's been a few weeks as I've been busy with other projects that out prioritized the truck but last night I pulled it into the garage/shop and jacked it up and tore into it.

Well to my surprise the first thing I find is that the nut to outer tie rod end on the drivers side is gone!
That explains the "Death Wobble" situation.
I haven't been driving the truck since the condition and hadn't had time to look at it.
What bothers me is I torqued everything to factory specs, however that nut is a "nylock" style nut and technically they are a 1 time use item.
After I put the spacer kit in I drove the truck approximately 35 miles and had it aligned.
I don't recall exactly when the "Death Wobble" began but I probably didn't put another 50 miles on it since.
I'm glad I didn't drive it farther as I can only image the scenario had the tie rod actually come out of the spindle assembly.
I'm also glad I purchased the Bilstein's after doing more research and finding out how hard on ball joints the spacer kits can be due to the geometry changes they induce.
Anyway didn't get the new shocks installed last night but hope to tonight.
I can't finish the job as I had to order 2 new nuts from the local dealership and they won't be in until tomorrow.
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Hey all, newbie here and Ive been reading your thread since I am interested in the same thing. How does the Bilstein level the front end? Is it an adjustable height shock? Sorry for the dumb question...
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