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post #1 of 19 Old 04-05-2019, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for thoughts and advice. I purchased a 2"rough country lift kit and Bilstein 5100 struts and shocks. Plan on lifting it this weekend! Should I forgo the front spacer and set the 5100's at 2" and will this still level out the Jeep using the rough country spacers on the rear w/ Bilstein 5100 shocks? Anyone have pics with this set up?

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And will 265/70 R17 Still work as recommended by rough country?
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Go with the low setting if you want the best travel up front. 2” can be done, but it will preload the spring and reduce travel. It’s been done, but a spacer outside the strut is best IMO.

Now if the kit you got goes inside the assembly it’s probably just as well to use the 2” position and skip the spacer. In this case I’d get a cheap spacer kit for the front and run that with the lowest setting on the shocks.

Someone else might chime in on the advantages of preloading the spring.
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I think you'll end up running too tall with the RC kit and 5100 springs. As mentioned, the Bilsteins preload the springs, so you'll get a poorer ride quality the higher you go, but you'll probably sit level with them set at 2". The RC spacers sit on top of the strut assembly, so you won't preload the springs, but typically the RC spacers level the vehicle so you'll end up much higher on the front end if you try to use both, even with the 5100s set at the lowest setting.
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I didn't realize that the 5100 series lowest setting is .75 high! So basically for the best ride for the front I should return the Bilstein 5100 struts and get the 4600 struts to pair with the 2" rough country lift? How about the rear? Same 4600 shocks? Or keep the 5100 shocks for the back. This means that I will probably not get the lift done this weekend unless I find Bilstein 4600 struts at a store...but worth holding off a bit to do it right for the best ride
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Ok so what if I have a fabricator cut .75" off the 2" rough country front level kit and reweld back together and run the Bilstein 5100 at the lowest setting of +.75?? Sound insane or will it work and not preload the spring as much. And still be 2" level kit just stacked?? Thoughts anyone ?
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If you can send the shocks back, get 4600's and avoid the problem.


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Yeah @ Badexample I think I will just return the 5100's tomorrow morning and order the 4600's as bad as I want to get it done I want to do it right and not create any issues with modifications to the rough country lift. I got the struts from 4 wheel parts. They are just down the street from me.
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Thanks guys @ BadExample , Consumedbywater
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If you return anything, just return the front 5100 series. You'll appreciate the added length of the rear 5100 series given your 2" spacer lift. The rear 5100 series don't add any height.

That said, people really like the ride and handling of the 5100 series struts set at 2". It's not been said that the ride is harsh at that setting. So setting the 5100 series to 2" up front and only using the rear half of the RC kit still is a good option.
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Well I went ahead and installed the Bilstein 5100 struts at 2" and the rough country kit on the back
w/5100 shocks today. Too my surprise it looks great and doesn't ride too shabby. I also installed rough country 1.5" wheel spacers and no issues with the 245/65 R17's but later this week I'm having BFG rugged trail t/a 265/70 put on and alignment done. Stay tuned....
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After I put the 265/70's on, my traction control kicks in when cornering above a certain speed. Just something to watch out for. I have to push/hold the traction control button on the center console for 5 sec or so for it to ding and turn off.

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I have the esp/bas system but I have the quadratrac 1 system. Just 4 high all the time no 4 low. My esp off button is on the panel below the stereo. I'll find out what happens soon! Stay tuned....
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265/70 R17 w/ 1.5" wheel spacers rubbing a little on the pinch weld! Gotta do a little trimming but other
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265/70 R 17 w/ 1.5" wheel spacers rubbing a little but on the pinch weld! Gotta do a little trimming
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