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I've been calling around to find a shop to install the 5100s up front and I've gotten two quotes: One for $1002 and one for $886 for parts, install, and alignment.
Wow, that is indeed expensive. The shocks are about ~$320 (fronts only).

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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

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Wow, that is indeed expensive. The shocks are about ~$320 (fronts only).
I would say, get some jack stands and tackle this with friends , beer & pizza before you spend $800 at the dealer to install out of pocket. Pay money to get it properly aligned though.
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Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

The biggest obstacle faced by most tackling this has been compressing the front springs enough to swap/mount to the front struts. To swap out the actual components is relatively straightforward and could be done in a afternoon. Plan on too getting a alignment immediately following.


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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

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The biggest obstacle faced by most tackling this has been compressing the front springs enough to swap/mount to the front struts.
you can even rent a spring compressor from most auto parts places
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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

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you can even rent a spring compressor from most auto parts places

It will fail, as it has been reported repeatedly. Best to take the struts to shop that has a wall-mounted(and preferably hydraulic) spring compressor.


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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

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It will fail, as it has been reported repeatedly. Best to take the struts to shop that has a wall-mounted(and preferably hydraulic) spring compressor.


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I've changed the springs on more than a dozen vehicles using the rent a tool from autozone. Just be careful. You can also buy very large zip ties, or use wire to tie the springs once compressed if you want to be extra safe.
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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

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Good for you. Have personally done a WK2?


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Condescend much? How many times have you used said tool, since your previous claim is based on "reported" things... So unless you have experience using said tool over many years and many platforms I have two legs to stand on, you have none.

As for your "question", I have not done a WK2 (yet), it must have some crazy space age technological break-through strut on it right? Oh wait...

I've done everything from large trucks/SUVs, to small cars a strut assembly is a strut assembly. When tuned8e gets his springs, I very well may be helping him install, so then maybe I can get JasonJustDial911ForChristsSake's approval...
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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

play nice children

I agree, the spring compressor tool is rather 'sketchy' but is definitely fine when if used with caution - just like anything

Yes, a wall mounted spring compressor would be a better route... but we don't always have that luxury
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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

Damn children, play nice.

But yea, these springs are a REAL mother. Ive done lift and drops on 30+ vehicles. nothing gave me trouble like the front of this thing.
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Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

I got the Bilstein 5100 series struts installed up front. I found a shop that did it for $824. for parts, labor, alignment and tax. The shop that did it stated that there were really no issues on the install but they did remove the axle from the hub on both sides to clear the removal / install of the struts. Ride is nice. The Jeep is now perfectly level when measuring from the middle of the wheels, ground to bottom of the fender.




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Looks great. I'm so glad Bilstein made this available for our WK2s. No need to use the spacer style leveling kit and get new shocks at the same time.
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Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

It's really a very easy install and very few parts/adjustments. Mostly manhandling the hard parts or finding the finesse secrets and being patient. Whichever your taste the "struts" are obnoxious but easy enough to work smarter on, simply bring the assemblies to your local bigger tire place, they'll be very familiar with what you're trying to accomplish, be nice it'll be cheap. I prefer to disassemble and mock them up then draw a white line down the assembly and hope it stays close. but you can just say please and hand them to the guy. A wall mount compressor makes it a ten minute proposition and takes 2+ hours out of the install.


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