Bilstein 5100 users

Jack78 Sep 10, 2019

  1. Jack78

    Jack78 Test Drive

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    Our 2010 with 90,000 miles was "bottoming out" with heavy load in it. We switched our rear shocks to munroe, but still having the same issue. We are now thinking of buying the Bilstein 5100. Question is, does the 5100 lift the rear up 1 inch? Does that effect the front handling with the OEM shocks still on the front?

    Alternatively, if you have a different suggestion for shock absorption for our large load, (100 lbs boat on roof, two adults, one kid, camping gear in back) our back end needs help from bottoming out. Xterra doesn't bottom out without the load in it.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Shocks don't do anything for lift, they dampen the bounciness of the springs. They can, however, limit flex.

    You need to look at either new spring packs for lift, or an add a leaf.
     
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  3. Jack78

    Jack78 Test Drive

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    Our goal is to stop bottoming out.
     
  4. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Sounds like your springs are worn out. Time for new leaf packs.
     
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  5. scoyoc

    scoyoc Bought an X

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    Check out Alan Spring out of Grand Junction, CO. I put a set on that are 700# over stock and 1.5" lift after experiencing the same thing. Most definitely the best upgrade I've done to date. They drive great even when I'm not loaded for a trip.

    Also check out the Timbren Active Off-road bump stops.
     
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  6. Just a Hunter

    Just a Hunter Test Drive

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  7. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    As all the others have said, it's new leaf pack time.
     
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  8. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    If you're springs are in good shape (not cracked or bent) I had good luck with the Helwig EZ550 helpers and a set of Bilstein 4600s to control them.

    I went with Alcans when I lifted though, +500lb +3" and they are awesome.
     
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  9. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Bought an X

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    Another good option in the helper spring category is the Hellwig LP-15, it's a higher capacity spring vs the Hellwig 550 so you won't need to tighten it down nearly as much. I ran a set for about a year before I upgraded the entire leaf pack.
     
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  10. LBX

    LBX Bought an X

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    I have 5100's all the way around, installed about 15k miles ago. Fronts are set to 1" to level out the vehicle. With 104k on my original leaf packs, I've debated on going with a pair of GENERAL's. It's been awhile since I've looked at pricing, looking to stay at OEM height.
     
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