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Default Help! Bilstein 5100 problem

So iv been really busy lately and thought I would drop my truck off with someone local (never been there before) to put the bilstein 5100 shocks on to level my truck out cause I still had about 2in of rake after my lift. I had them set the shocks at 1.4 setting and when I went to pick it up this is how it looked. To say I was shocked would be an under statement. The truck sits ridiculously nose high and all the angles are horrific. Now I'm forced to park it till Monday when I can bring it else where to fix it if someone can help tell me what's wrong, or ill have to put the factory shocks back in. Prior to the shocks the front fender was as 41.5 and now it's at 46.25!! I checked the part number on the shock and it appears to be right. Any help solving this situation will be greatly appreciated
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Take it back and tell them to install it correctly. First off, they have the bottom spring seat upside down. And I can't tell from the pick what the heck they have going on at the top.
I'll go take a couple of pics of what it should look like and I'll post them shortly.
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Take it back and tell them to install it correctly. First off, they have the bottom spring seat upside down. And I can't tell from the pick what the heck they have going on at the top.
I'll go take a couple of pics of what it should look like and I'll post them shortly.
Yes you are correct! I can see that now. That probably accounts for about 2in now I need to find what else is going on. Thanks
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Here are a few pics of them installed correctly.
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A few other items to note while you are at it.

1-If you want the truck "level" the 2.1 setting is probably your best option

2-Make sure that they install the washer below the top spring seat, not between the top spring seat and the nut.

3-Make sure that they have the springs compressed far enough to tighten the top shock nut all the way.

If items 2 & 3 are not done correctly, you will have a "rattle" or "clunk"
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Here are a few pics of them installed correctly.
Thank you sir! That is the problem, the spring seat upside down sitting on the bilstein adapter coupling probably accounts for all the extra inches. I would measure it right now, but I have parked it and left for the evening. The truck will stay parked till Monday. Lesson learned the hard way here: don't let people you don't know work on you truck, don't pay ahead of time and pick up after hours. I just hope nothing was seriously damaged. It drove ok for how it was.
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A few other items to note while you are at it.

1-If you want the truck "level" the 2.1 setting is probably your best option

2-Make sure that they install the washer below the top spring seat, not between the top spring seat and the nut.

3-Make sure that they have the springs compressed far enough to tighten the top shock nut all the way.

If items 2 & 3 are not done correctly, you will have a "rattle" or "clunk"
I will be sure to do that, thanks for your input
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You have to have it aligned also not sure if they did that being they installed the shock wrong.
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You have to have it aligned also not sure if they did that being they installed the shock wrong.
Yes, it was aligned and amazingly drove alright. I just have no idea how someone could take something apart and put it together backwards, you would think they would have realized it when they had to compress the coil more to put it on the new shock
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