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Bilstein 5100 Install

I have never done a write up, but I read too many horror stories and this honestly took me about an hour per side, so with the right info this was an easy install.

I don't remember the correct sizes of sockets, but 10mm, 18mm, 21mm, and 32mm seem to stand out.

First crack your lugnuts, the jack up and support the Jeep with jackstands.

Remove front wheels, have someone hold the brakes and take off the half shaft nuts.

These pictures are a little dark so I apologize, first remove the vehicle speed sensor:

Loosen the zip tie thing by taking a small screwdriver or a pick to release the clasp part of it.
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Then use a 10mm socket and carefully remove the speed sensor and be careful not to damage it.ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1469844225.409708.jpg

Next remove the brake caliper and hang it to the side, I believe these were 18mm head bolts.ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1469844284.556533.jpg
This is were I hung mine.
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Next is to remove the tie rod end bolt and use a two jaw puller to seperate the ball joint.
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Next up is to remove the sway bar end link, I think that was a 16mm nut, I had to hold the opposing side with pliers to keep it from spinning.ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1469844453.245575.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1469844467.465511.jpg

Next up is removing the upper ballpoint, again I think this was an 18mm socket. Leave a couple of threads on the nut and hit the knuckle with a hammer to seperate.
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I forgot to take pictures but remove the bottom shock bolt next, then you can remove the axle shaft, I had to tap mine with a rubber deadblow hammer to get it started. Make sure you immediately cover this end with a plastic sack, then the axle shaft is easily pryed out of the axle housing with a medium length prybar. Again immediately cover that side of the shaft.
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Bilstein 5100 Install

You then need to maneuver the axle out and set it aside. Which leaves you with this:
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From here just remove the three 13mm nuts up top and pull the strut out. You will then use some spring compressors and swap your hardware over.

Install is opposite of the removal, I have the torque specs somewhere and will try to post those in a few days. I'm waiting on my wheels to show up and will post the finished product then.

I hope this helps someone out, I will do a better job next time on the pictures, I will try to answer any questions anyone has.

Torque Specs:
Lower shock bolt 173ft lbs
Upper ball joint 70ft lbs
Sway bar link nut 85ft lbs
Tie rod end 70ft lbs
Brake caliper adapter bolts 148ft lbs
Wheel speed sensors 95 in lbs
Half shaft nut 229ft lbs
Lug nuts 100ft lbs


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Re: Bilstein 5100 Install

no difficulty removing the swaybar end links? i had a hell of a time getting mine out, ended up having to use a cutoff wheel and cut them off
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Re: Bilstein 5100 Install

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no difficulty removing the swaybar end links? i had a hell of a time getting mine out, ended up having to use a cutoff wheel and cut them off
I soaked everything in PB blaster before I started and had the help of air tools, I held the "stud side" with some channel locks and it zipped right off. If I didn't have air tools this would have taken at least 2 hours per side especially with how much I had to run the spring compressors up.
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I'm so happy with how it turned out, I still need to get an alignment, and am without one of the rear Bilsteins as I was missing the hardware and I have yet to receive it.
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