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Unread 12-28-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question Regarding Shock Install and Handling

Hey All,

Just did an install of some Bilstein 5100's and wanted to know how tight the front, top mounts need to be. I tightened them a good bit but they have some hefty bushings and I was basically just compressing them more and more. Should they be tightened until I cannot turn the nut anymore or just till snug?

Also, I had a basic Rusty's Offroad 3 1/4in lift. Springs, shocks, sway disconnect, etc. I replaced the Rusty's shocks with the Bilsteins (but left the Rusty's springs in place) and also added a Smittybilt SRC front bumper with a Rough Country winch. The handling is now very different. There is a lot more body roll and the handling is not nearly as good. I am guessing the additional weight of the bumper and winch coupled with the Rustys springs being soft is causing this. Any recommendations on some good progressive springs that will handle the weight of the bumper and winch and will go with the Billys?

Your guys input will be greatly appreciated!

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Unread 12-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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This is an old line, but worth repeating IMO. I am not sure how you would torque down the front shock bushings, but I did mine using the German specs...."gutentight" until the rubber bushing is tight and not loose...sorry not much help other than that. For the other, I would look at OME HD spring set or TF with the Bilsteins you have...
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Thanks much for the input. On the tightening, that's basically what I did, get it snug but not to the point where the bushing looked smashed down.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 12:38 PM   #4
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You'll hear different things. AEV instructions say to compress the bushings 1/8".
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yahhh, gutentight would be about 1/8 inchers...
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