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Old 11-22-2010, 08:24 AM
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I currently have a coil spacer to level my 1500. I have begun looking into replacing my stock shocks and was wondering if it would be better for me to remove the spacer and order either the rancho quicklift or bilstein 5100 ride adjustment to level the front end. I just wasnt sure if it makes a difference which way you level the truck. Thanks!
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If you don't have any problems (such as 4wd vibration), then you could probably get away just the shocks. At first, I had the stock shocks with a leveling kit, then I upgraded to Bilstein HD shocks. I still had 4wd vibration, so I ended up taking out the leveling kit anyway....
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If your having no issues with the spacers , I'd leave them in and install a set of shocks that would accomodate the spacer height . If you have a 2" spacer , get a shock that's 2" longer . You may need to contact like Edelbrock for a 2" longer shock . They make shocks for lifted vehicles . From what I remember their not much more ($15.00) than stock replacements . Let us know what you come up with .
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Thanks for the input.....i bought the truck already leveled so I wasnt to worried about spending the money on new leveling shocks. I am going to take my truck into my local shop soon to see how the stock shocks look. I plan on using the 4X4 soon so if I experience vibrations I might decide to switch it up and get the leveling shocks. After further research, I am pretty sold on the Bilstein 5100's. Thanks for the help!
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I actually did what you are asking. I took my spacer out for the Bilstein 5100s. The lift is a little different with the 5100s. The front tire sits in a different location with the spacer and 5100s. With the spacer the tire sits closer towards the body, it didn't look stock. With the 5100s the tire sat about the same location as it did without anything (stock). I also had a vibration with the spacer when I put the 5100s in it made the vibration less apparent. I liked the lift with the 5100s over the spacer. The truck also sat higher when I put the 5100s in.

If you do go with the shock lift then you could always sell off your spacer. There are lots of guys out there that want to have one.

With the 5100s a good added benefit is something you would not think of. When and if you get a lift kit, lets say 6", you use your stock shocks up front. If you already have the 5100s you could have those with the lift. This allows you to add some more lift to your lift kit! I thought of this since I have it in the truck now hahaha
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How much higher did your truck sit with the 5100s? Glad to hear that the swap out worked better for you. I will most probably go the same route when it comes time to switch out the shocks. Also I have heard of some people using a 1" block in the rear.....is that really necessary after leveling out the front end with the bilsteins?
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How much higher did your truck sit with the 5100s? Glad to hear that the swap out worked better for you. I will most probably go the same route when it comes time to switch out the shocks. Also I have heard of some people using a 1" block in the rear.....is that really necessary after leveling out the front end with the bilsteins?
I have the 5100 Bilstein kit with nothing on the rear axle. Kind of pointless to put a block in the rear when trying to level a truck. Besides, I have the Bilsteins maxed out for lift and it is still not fully level. On of the best mods I've even done on any of my vehicles. I wish everything was so easy, and well made for my 1979 CJ-7!
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