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Old 06-22-2014, 05:53 PM
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Question Installing Bilsteins....helpful hint needed

I'm in the process of installing 5100's on the Wrangler. I don't have a lift so basically I'm working off of the garage floor......Jeep has 4" lift. The problem is that I can't quite depress the shock enough to line up with the lower bracket, probably need three arms or something. Question: any helpful hints to keep the shock depressed enough to line up the bolt/bracket/shock? Maybe long plastic tie straps looped around the shock? The straps that came on the shock were for shipping purposes only. thanks!!

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Jack up frame on that side so that suspension droops under weight of axle and wheel

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I just put my floor back and a block of wood under the shock to lift it up high enough to bolt on.
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I just put my floor back and a block of wood under the shock to lift it up high enough to bolt on.
I use the same method.
Jack works perfect to hold the shock in place.


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I used the shipping straps to keep them depressed then just clipped them after install
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Thumbs up Follow-up: Bilstein rear shock installtion

Thanks guys, I ended up using two coupled plastic zip ties to compress the shocks, that along with a bit of grinding/fitting on the lower spacers they bolted right up.....then clipped the zip ties.
Any tricks/hints on installing the front shocks? I believe I have to remove the breather box on the passenger side? thanks again
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I believe I have to remove the breather box on the passenger side? thanks again
Where do you have your breather box installed?
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:21 PM
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Thumbs up 5100 Bilsteins

Completed installation of 5100 Bilsteins (upper body strength came in real handy for depressing shocks)..........previous owner had installed Rough Countrys, man what a difference, no more pogo stick ride!

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