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post #1 of 5 Old 04-20-2021, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Bilstein 5100 Write up?


I just received my 5100 shocks and struts in the mail and am getting ready to install them. I was looking around for a good write up on this set up but couldn't find one. Does anyone know if there is one out there somewhere? Thanks!

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-21-2021, 09:34 AM
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The rear is easy, like any other Grand Cherokee the front is difficult, due to the possibility of the lower clevis bolt seizing up in the lower control arm bushing. I had a shop do my front ones and replaced those bushings at the same time. That and you have to use a spring compressor which can be quite dangerous if you're not careful. The older solid front axle Grands, XJs, TJs and JKs are all easier to do.

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If your front strut is not already assembled, pull the old one out, and take the new strut and your existing one to pretty much any auto shop, and they will have a floor standing or wall mounted spring compressor tool that is infinitely safer and easier to use than the threaded rod clip on spring compressors you can borrow for free at AutoZone or O`Reily's or wherever. It doesn't hurt to focus on shops that do a lot of tires, brakes and shocks (like a Midas), because they will for sure have that tool. It takes just a few minutes to safely disassemble your existing strut, transfer the springs and isolators and so forth over to the new Bilstien strut, and reassemble it. Cost is anywhere from $50 to $200, but usually on the cheap side.

As for the rest, this is an excellent video showing an OME install, but its basically the same for the Bilstein

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If you're putting in new struts, may as well get new isolators, mount, bump stop and spring too. If you're getting a shop to do the assembly, make sure they don't forget the washer under the top mount and that the nut is tightened with the spring compressed to the point of being loose, not pressing on the mount.

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There’s a good chance you need to replace all the bushings in your control arm. If you’re going to do that you mind as well get brand new control arm with bushings already pressed in for you. The price difference of buying new arm and getting new bushings is not much of a differences. Also as other said there a good chance your clevis bolt will seized in your control arm bushing. It’s wise to pick up new hardware and cut off the bolt. No need to waste time fighting with it.
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