problem with bilstein 5100 front shocks installation

problem with bilstein 5100 front shocks installation

This is a discussion on problem with bilstein 5100 front shocks installation within the F150 Ecoboost Suspension forums, part of the F150 Ecoboost Garage category; Hey guys, so today I got around to installing my Bilstein 5100 height adjustable front struts. I decided to go with the max lift of ...

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    problem with bilstein 5100 front shocks installation

    Hey guys, so today I got around to installing my Bilstein 5100 height adjustable front struts. I decided to go with the max lift of 2.1" and set the seat collar to the highest setting 5th ring. I followed the bilstein instructions and also the video below by Stage 3 motorsports. Once I had everything installed and torqued up I put the stock wheels back on and set the truck on the floor to see how it would sit. For some reason the truck was sitting a little over 3" higher than stock. I thought maybe I put something in upside down or put a spacer in that wasn't supposed to be used so I pulled both strut assemblies and took them apart. I did have everything installed properly according to the Bilstein instructions so I then decided to lower the seat collar down to the second lowest point. I put everything back together, installed them on the truck, put the wheels back on and set the truck on the ground. Instead of lowering the truck I actually gained another 3/4" of ride height so now the front of the truck is sitting almost 4" higher than stock. WTF is going on? I am completely at a loss and for the life of me can't figure out what is causing this. Any ideas? TIA

    5100 (Ride Height Adjustable) - Shock Absorber

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    Did you roll the truck to settle the suspension?

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    Here is a pic of the passenger side.

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    Last edited by scar69; 06-21-2019 at 06:32 AM.
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    CaliOffroad Americana 20x9, 0 offset
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    Quote Originally Posted by billjc View Post
    Did you roll the truck to settle the suspension?

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    No I didn't. After removing the jacks and seeing the crazy amount of lift I figured I screwed something up. Should I take it for a short drive and see if it drops down a bit?
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    Just roll it a few feet. It will settle with very little movement. Then measure.

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    Ok thanks, I'll give that a try this morning when I get to the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billjc View Post
    Just roll it a few feet. It will settle with very little movement. Then measure.

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    When I got to the shop this morning I rolled the truck back and forth a bit as you suggested and it did come down a bit and the now truck is sitting right at 2" over stock. I have the circlip set in the second lowest groove which is supposed to give an average lift of 0.79". I'm not sure why I'm getting a bit more than double of what Bilstein shows in the instructions. Maybe it will drop a bit more over time? Anyhow, I have it booked in to my dealership for a wheel alignment on Tuesday but it is driving straight and I had no issues with a short test drive. Now I need to get my fender flares installed and put my rims and tires on. Thanks for the help billjc!
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    Since each adjustment raised the truck, I would have kept moving it around until it got up to 10" lift.

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    I can't tell from your pics, but did you happen to have a leveling kit installed prior to installing the bilsteins? The spring doesn't seem to be sitting as high in the pocket as mine do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billjc View Post
    I can't tell from your pics, but did you happen to have a leveling kit installed prior to installing the bilsteins? The spring doesn't seem to be sitting as high in the pocket as mine do.

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    My thoughts but hard to determine from the pictures


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