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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

OK, I have a quick question, I'm looking at replacing the front struts on my 2011 Limited with the tow package. The front end is much 2-3" lower than the rear. I go off road a few times a year, mostly to camp grounds on roads that a 4x4 can handle with ease, but tends to keep the regular cars out (every now and then a Subaru squeaks in).
If I just put the 5100's on the front, will they give me any lift?
I remove the front air dam "wings", am thinking if I can get another inch or two in the front, I won't be so worried about scraping up the front air dam.
I know I can remove it, but it gives me comfort to know if I get close to hitting anything, that air dam will let me know before I tear up any expensive pieces.
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OK, I have a quick question, I'm looking at replacing the front struts on my 2011 Limited with the tow package. The front end is much 2-3" lower than the rear. I go off road a few times a year, mostly to camp grounds on roads that a 4x4 can handle with ease, but tends to keep the regular cars out (every now and then a Subaru squeaks in).
If I just put the 5100's on the front, will they give me any lift?
I remove the front air dam "wings", am thinking if I can get another inch or two in the front, I won't be so worried about scraping up the front air dam.
I know I can remove it, but it gives me comfort to know if I get close to hitting anything, that air dam will let me know before I tear up any expensive pieces.
Thanks for your great write up.
You can absolutely do the 5100s. I'd suggest doing front and rear. Rears are not adjustable, but it's ideal to match this set and they are way nicer than oem. Install both, then adjust the front to one of the two highest settings (highest is 1.75") I believe the one below is 1.5. This will give you some more room, and level the ride. These do not give you ground clearance though, but they do leave you room for larger tires, that will give you gc. And yes, it will slightly raise your bumper of course since that seems to be your focus . I take those bumper air wings off my ride on day one. Just ditch em and forget they were ever there
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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

I installed the RRO lift this past weekend and now I hear a knocking noise in the front passenger side of the vehicle when I go over small or large bumps in the road. Has anyone seen this issue before?





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no knock is good, nor should be expected. go back, make sure everything is tight and torqued to spec. Check the sway bar drop link 1st
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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

Alludc, how do the 5100s give you more space in the wheel well but don't increase ground clearance? I would think any increase in wheel well room by default has to give you more ground clearance since wheel well and body are all one piece. Thanks!


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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

the lowest point of ground clearance, where it is properly measured is the bottom of the control arm and that does not increase with the use of the spacer lift or adjustable shocks. But yes, overall clearance is added. of course, when you go to a taller tire...then you will increase the lowest point.
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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

OK, was talking to a friend about the strut only update, he has driven my truck and tells me the struts are fine and should be for another 25k miles (she has 57k now).
He is suggesting I only do the leveling kit, will be less expensive and simpler (not sure about that part) but he's not sure what else needs to be updated.

My question is:
What else needs to be done when installing the leveling kit?
Front end alignment?
Sway bar ends?
Headlights realigned? I have auto leveling HIDs.

I want to be sure that when I do this I have all the known issues planned for (just the Project Manager in me), I understand other things might pop up as we get into the update.
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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

leveling kit or struts, everything still needs to come apart for install honestly...so id do the struts (ride is better too). its my opinion though. Yes, alignment required after. No sway issues. and im not sure on the lights, but id assume the self leveling ones have enough in em to make up the small diff
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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

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no knock is good, nor should be expected. go back, make sure everything is tight and torqued to spec. Check the sway bar drop link 1st

Alludc, thanks for the help! You nailed it. The sway bar link was loose. I really hate the way you tighten those things (8mm bolt and 18mm nut). It's a pain in the arse to tighten those things. Thanks again!


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Re: RRO 2.5" lift + Bilstein 5100(front)

I hate to burst anyone's bubble hear but I'm pretty sure running the RRO spacers means you will get less wheel travel than any other setup. Even with your sway bars off you have limited down travel bc of things like the upper ball joint. with sway bars on and RRO spacers you probably get like 6" of wheel travel lol. If you took your sway bars off with oe struts or maybe the 5100s you could extend things too far and the lower fork of the bilstein 5100s could even rub your axle or wear out your upper ball joints pretty easily. I'm running bilstein 5100s (no RRO spacers) up front and it looks pretty close at full droop. I personally think wheel travel is the best asset for off roading, other might say locking diffs but if you like driving fast, wheel travel is your best friend. If you just want ground clearence the RRO spacers might be the best rout and with our traction control you'll probably get to your destination with very limited wheel travel or not. The WK2 is capable of impressive wheel travel though, something which I like to utilize. I recently replaced my rear 5100s for OMEs to get more wheel travel. I found out I broke one of the rear 5100s bc it had a plastic compression stop. I also broke one of the 5100 struts on the front. It was much longer than it should have been and didn't realize it was broke until I couldn't put it back in. Speaking of I should probably make a new thread with all that information.
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Alludc, thanks for the help! You nailed it. The sway bar link was loose. I really hate the way you tighten those things (8mm bolt and 18mm nut). It's a pain in the arse to tighten those things. Thanks again!


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I hate to burst anyone's bubble hear but I'm pretty sure running the RRO spacers .
Show me pics and measurements of your proof, and I'll be glad to measure up to find out...until then don't throw any untested misinformation on my post. II'm glad to do the test with you. You set the parameters, ill follow and maybe we can find a stocker too. "Pretty sure" isn't science though.
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