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I was about to install the Daystar 2.5 leveling kit when I stumbled upon the Bilstein web page. After reading it, I am more confused as to which one to use for leveling. Can you guys who have these please tell me what you think? I don't know what to do? Thanks.
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I don't personally have them, but everyone that has them, loves them. Because they are completely new shocks, they make the ride quality better and you can get up to 2.5" of lift in the front if I'm correct. If it were possible for me, I'd definitely go the Bilstein route, just because so many people love them.
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Like Josh said ^^^ People seem to love em, I have a leveling kit and the ride is a bit stiff, I have considered trying the Bilsteins out also. Good Luck !
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The only reason i wouldnt go with bilsteins is because i dont liek the color and am too lazy to paint them lol
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Judging by what everyone says about the Bilsteins, I'd say that is the better option, but that has to be completely up to you. Of the two, I'd say that the Bilsteins are the way to go. jcasey10 made a great point, it's an actual shock replacement, instead of just a spacer.
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This is what I was told today by a "4x4 specialty mechanic." A leveling kit is basically a suspension lift. Adjustable shocks are more of a body lift. He recommends the kit over the shocks because it is working on the suspension. For those of you who remember SGT. Schultz, I'll quote his favorite line. "I KNOW NOTHING. I KNOW NOTHING." Does this mechanic know something? What do you think?
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How are new shocks a body lift??? A body lift is separating the body from the frame to give it a lifted look. Shocks are a suspension lift.
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This is what I was told today by a "4x4 specialty mechanic." A leveling kit is basically a suspension lift. Adjustable shocks are more of a body lift. He recommends the kit over the shocks because it is working on the suspension. For those of you who remember SGT. Schultz, I'll quote his favorite line. "I KNOW NOTHING. I KNOW NOTHING." Does this mechanic know something? What do you think?
I would say that mechanic should be looking for a new line of work. The leveling kit is a spacer that is going on top of your existing shock, which does nothing to help your suspension out, and in a lot of cases, hurts the ride of the truck. An adjustable shock could only be a suspension lift, NOT a body lift. I don't even know where he would get that from.
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Hahaha the shocks are a body lift????? WOW someone needs a new job! As soon as you touch the suspension then it is a suspension lift, you touch the body then it is a body lift. Shit out of the 2 I would say the spacers are closer to a body lift then the struts would be.

Anyways I have had both leveling kits on my truck. I like the Daystar it is a good kit but the Bilsteins are definitely better. the way the lift is done is better in general. The way the tire sits after the lift, with the 5100s it sits in the same location, but with the Daystar they sit closer to the cab. The biggest thing is with the Bilsteins you get new shocks out of the level and they are really good ones. The ride is improved and they are just all around sweet.

How do you not like the color? They are silver haha
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I didn't want to be the one to say anything about the color...but I was thinking it too...hahaha.

I had the Daystar on my Dakota, never had any issues, have nothing but good things to say about the result it gave me and the fact that it didn't hurt my ride quality, but given the choice I would probably go with the Bilsteins as well.

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