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Blistein 5100 leveling shocks/struts

Anybody install these yet.
I had a Zone Offroad 2" spacer kit on my 09 S-Cab. Great leveling kit. I just traded up to a 12 S-Crew and want to level it too. I checked Zone and now they are making the kits out of plastic. Not impressed. So I thought I would bite the bullet, go big and use the Blistein 5100 shocks. More Money, Harder Install, but supposed to be better all around. Any input ??

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Welcome Colin

I've read good things about them on other forums.
but that's all i got.
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Why spend more money to accomplish the same thing? You already have brand new shocks on your truck. Keep those and just get the regular leveling kit.
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Well the shocks on the front arent optimized for a 2" lift .

Back when I had my '05 with a leveling kit on it. Less then 60k. After putting a leveling kit in it, roughly couple months later one of the shocks started leaking and it wasn't covered under warranty (not that I believed the dealer would have warrantied it).
Also I don't offroad.
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here is the info i've been reading. Spacers work fine, but this seems to make more sense. The 5100's for the front are about $130 each.

http://www.bilsteinus.com/fileadmin/...WebArticle.pdf
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Why spend more money to accomplish the same thing? You already have brand new shocks on your truck. Keep those and just get the regular leveling kit.
There is a world of difference between Bilsteins and the factory shocks.

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I've pretty much decided this is the way I'm going to go. Gotta save a up a few more pay cheques first. I'll post some pics of before and after, as well as the install. Got a buddy who owns a garage, so I'll be doing it there. Plus he has the gear to compress those beefy springs.
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Just for the sake of reading go up to the search button and type Bilstein 5100 and you will find threads and posts on this topic.

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I've had the Bilstein 5100s on my '04 SuperCrew for about a year and a half. I like them. They seem a bit stiffer but at the same time not as rough of a ride. Used to hit the washboard on a dirt road going around a corner and end up in the oncoming lane with the factory shocks - not anymore.

only problem I had was one of the rear shocks leaked (I replaced all my shocks with Bilstein). Sent it back to Essex and they replaced it under warranty.
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