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i just put bilstein shocks and struts on the other day.

the part number is

F4-BE5-C513HO in the front &
F4-BE5-C515HO in the rear

the ride is pretty harsh on the freeway,
harsh enough to make my lower back hurt.

the ride is very stiff and i was wondering if this is normal???
i noticed the rear shocks have an allen adjustable, but the shocks didnt come with a manual or information...

thanks alot.
 

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maybe i should have put this in the suspension forum?
90 views and no responses...
 

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I'm not familiar with every Bilstein part number...
And so...

Having yer sig filled out so that we know what truck this is on and any other mods you may have done would be helpful...

It sounds like maybe you have a heavier valving though...

What series are these shocks ?
Do you know what the valving rate is set at ?

Is this for an '05 or newer truck ?
 

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Well according to the application chart... Here
It's the OEM for the latest generation...

I just don't see how those would be so harsh as you state :dunno:

Maybe they're binding a little on their mounts... a little lube in the bushings eyes... when installed helps here...
 

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the rear shocks have an allen adjustable on the top
i think one is turned a lot less than the other??
i have no info about these shocks...
anyone with bilsteins' please chime
 

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Check on bilsteins web site...lots of info there.
 

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well i have an 85 4x4 with bilsteins at all 4 corners and i hate it it is seriously the worst riding truck i have ever been in, like you said it hurts my back badly after a "quick" trip through town and over some speed bumps, from the research that ive done i have heard that if you <dont> haul alot of heavy loads you can pull your stock overload and put in downeys prerunner AAL and some mv-12 rear shocks and that should seriously lighten your ride, i havent tried this yet due to money but it will be the first thing i do, because it isnt tolerable right now. oh by the way my shocks are just the base bilsteins i think 5100 (yellow and blue)terrible though i will never use them again...5100's i mean
 

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i think my problem might be with the bushing set-up

i have the stock replacement bilstein HD's

They came with two bushings and three metal washer/spacers per shock.
two washer/spacers are solid and the other is flexable.

in what sequence do they go in and is the 3/4" bushing necessary for my 2006 tacoma. need more bushing info please
 

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mojavegold said:
Check on bilsteins web site...lots of info there.
Did you check out this site? Also how do you get new shocks and no paperwork? They must be used (someone had them and you get them form them)?
 

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i read like 30 posts about bushings
nothing exactly key

i got the shocks from shockwarehouse.com
they're new, just no info came with them.

rear shocks.
this is the order i have it set-up:
Bolt - solid washer - bushing - shock mount(bracket)
bushing - solid washer.

is this correct? whats the flimsy metal washer for?

3 washers, two bushings per shock
 

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Don't know the answer. Haven't had to mess with my shocks yet. Other rigs I've had were washer, bushing, frame, bushing, washer, lock waster, nut. Just never got anything new w/o directions in the box. Sorry I can't help more.
 

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i think i found a pic of what i was questioning.

but i thought that the rubber bushings needed to come in contact with the frame/shock mount. i guess on side of the bushing has that flimsy spacer...


from website:
Bushings and washers installed on shock stem. The order is important. Note the indexing washer that is installed in the middle. This is the washer with the lip on it. This lip is to locate the stem in the shock mount hole. Note: the bushings are installed on the pin for illustration purposes only. The nut, first washer and first bushing will not be in position when the shock is installed.
 
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