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post #1 of 14 Old 01-11-2014, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Installing Bilstein 5100s

Guys, I will be installing these shocks either this afternoon or tomorrow depending on rain. Does anyone know if there are any specific torque specs? The one I'm most curious is the tops of the front shocks.

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Also, How do you remove the center caps from the lug nuts? It looks like they would just pry off by I don't want to damage them.

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I installed 5100's on my truck a few months ago. Why are you asking about the center caps? I didn't have to take my wheels off or even jack the truck up.
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I was going to take them off when I do the fronts just to make its easier. I know it isn't necessary. I am also curious in case I ever need to change a tire on the side of the road. I am a GM guy, this is my first ford and the center caps are different.

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Find the little notch on the side of the center cap and just pry it back. Wrap a cloth around whatever you use so it doesn't scratch the wheel.

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Thanks, that's what I figured. Just wanted to make sure b4 I started prying

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I am so ready to put these on my truck!

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When you tighten the top nut, tighten it until you see the rubber insert compress till it's a bit rounded.

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the fronts are easy to do wheels on. took me an hour in my driveway. what I did was just look at the compression of the stock rubber and duplicate it with 5100 on. as you cant get a torque wrench on it as there is an allen wrench on top to hold the shaft. what I did was knock the nut off the top washer and use the stock rubber and washers. you will see the why I did it when you take it apart, but i'm sure not necessary. and also your tire wrench should have a rubber curved end end on it for popping center caps off. my 2010 did anyway have not looked at my 12.


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Thanks for the info guys! I went out to start on them today but the bottom fell out and rained the rest of the day. Hopefully I will have enough sunshine to do them tomorrow.

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