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Old 03-13-2011, 06:18 PM
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Bilstein 5100 shocks won't fit?

I purchased a set of new Bilstein 5100 shocks for the front of my truck (part number f4-be5-6245-h5) which has a 4in lift on it. I went to install them today, boot side down however the metal sleeve built into the rubber bushing will not fit over the bottom bolt. The bottom bolt is roughly 14.50mm thick and the bushing on the shock has an opening of 11.90mm. Any ideas on what to do?

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Old 03-13-2011, 06:54 PM
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The sleeve from the old shock is probably stuck on there still.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:05 PM
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The old sleeve did come off when I took the old shock off. The 14.50mm is the actual diameter of the bolt going through the bottom bracket that holds the shock.
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Remove the bushing ..Bilstein name right side up!!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:34 PM
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Thanks for your help. Any recommendations on how to removing the bushing? It is glued in very very well. I did try to user a vice and push out the bushing but no luck, it didn't even budge.

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Old 03-15-2011, 04:38 PM
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99% of the time they come without the bushings installed..and NEVER glued..haven't a clue why yours are.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:04 PM
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I returned the shocks. Any recommendations where I can buy these without the bushing in the bottom of the shock?
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:03 AM
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Just a wild guess but try..CT Performance, inc..
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