Originally Posted by greencop
I just ordered some Bilstein 5100 they are back ordered from the company. It will take mid June or July before they will be shipped. So the question is do you like to use the shock boot or no boot? Some people think using the boot will accumulate moisture on the shaft and rust? Or some say the boot protect the dust on the shaft?
I followed others' advice and removed them from my 5100's when I installed them. It seems counter-intuitive given the lip edge at the top of the can, and I thought for sure I'd see an accumulation of debris up there as a result. So far no issues and I know to clean that area after heavy use or at least check for corrosion causing debris from time-to-time.
Also, 4wheel parts here in Portland ordered my 5100's from their California warehouse and had them to me in days, plus they price match. Did you try them at all?