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Thumbs up 5100s on the highest setting install and lessons learned for DIYer

This is info is for those who are looking to use 5100s on the highest (2.3") lift setting. A couple items worthy of mention

1.getting the OEM shocks off is pretty straight forward. lots of instruction on this forum and you tube although make sure you have a large breaker bar for loosening the control arms and lower ball joint

2. The highest setting on the shock requires that the coil be compresses significantly more than just an OEM replacement. I tried using a rental spring compressor and it bent ($200) (see pic). trying to find someone on a saturday to do this work was difficult and ended up costing me $100 and several hours of delay. And they installed the spring perch upside down so now i have to have it redone....

3.Putting it all back together was a 2 person job, Because the shock and spring assembly is 2" longer and the spring is highly compressed you cannot youse the standard jack under the lower control arm method to reconnect everything, it just ends up lifting the truck. my friend had to use a pry bar to lower the upper control arm to get the lower ball joint bolted back up. (Not a one person job)

What i would have done differently to make my life easier? use the middle setting and a small spacer (Coachbuilder) so the spring has less compressive force required which should make changing the shock out and installation of the strut easier. I have not driven yet to see how the ride quality is with that spring being that compressed. Good luck and I hope this helps. I may go back and replace with upper control arms and coilovers as this is probably the best way to lift the front. Will post pics of the finished truck here shortly...
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Wait.

Are they installed on your truck right now with the perches upside down? And is the clip even all the way in? In the pic it looks like itís half out of the groove.
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no. i noticed when installing them. they are at the only place open on sunday getting the perches flipped. going to pay the other place a visit. and yes the clip is starting to come out...
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Thats some pretty scary stuff there, if that clip comes out I would think it would be a catastrophic failure, damaging many components.
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Thats some pretty scary stuff there, if that clip comes out I would think it would be a catastrophic failure, damaging many components.
Yeah that would have been horrible. Got a different shop to fix it. Finished the front. Still need to do the rear
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We do have stout springs. I damaged a floor standing compressor when I did my 17. Luckily Amazon allowed me to return it.

I have always been able to disassemble/re-assemble the front-end myself. But I also have a 5 ft pry-bar. And a truck lift.


Good thing you saw the cup was upside down. That definitely would have been catastrophic.


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