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Old 09-28-2011, 04:43 PM
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Bilsteins came today, What a pain to compress

Got my first set of bilstiens today thanks to Cary at CT performance, really like them but wow are they hard to compress by hand. Mashed the heck out of some fingers. I Played college football and still bench about 380 and squat about 460 and these things woped my butt, it was all i could do to hold them in place with one hand and get the bolt through with the other, Do you all have tricks for things, man are they strong. stronger than this old boy. Thanks Cary
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:05 AM
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After going through what you did a couple of times I ended up using a floor jack to help
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:06 AM
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I just got mine and I cant believe how hard they are to compress. I weigh 150 and I wasnt surprised that they didnt compressed, figured my old shocks were easy and then I realized how bad they were in comparison
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:46 PM
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that makes me feel better, was starting to think i needed to go on a roid cycle or somthing. Definatly next time Im gonna have a jack and and extra set of hands around.
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I am not going to lie but I threw out my neck putting the shocks in and i have been going to the chiropractor for 3 weeks now to get it better. Bent the wrong way trying to compress and put one in. Total Awesomeness!
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How is the ride with the Bilstein's? I was thinking about getting a set of 5100's or 5160s for my 2011 F250.

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How is the ride with the Bilstein's? I was thinking about getting a set of 5100's or 5160s for my 2011 F250.

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Very noticable improvement, I used to get alot of bunce on the highway on bridges because I have two extra leafs in the back and front. My stock shocks had 200k on them so they may have been beat but they were not leaking and still felt stong until I tried to compress the Bilsteins. Now The bounce is allmost gone and the overall ride is great. I got the 5125s , off road ones from Cary at ct performance , you can save a few bucks ordering from topguncustomz.com your choice
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I didn't have any issues compressing them and I weigh 165...
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I didn't have any issues compressing them and I weigh 165...
Well you are the man! You must be like my brother , he is 160 but when you grab him you really made a mistake.
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Glad you can take a few harmless jokes! I will say this though. Personally, I would redo the zipties on the boots. After 2 months, they fell off. Or you could just make sure they're sufficiently tight. I wasn't too happy that I shelled out $380 for shocks only to find that debris had been getting inside the boot and trapped. The bottom ones are fine, the top ones suck. Just a little heads up cuz winter is right around the corner and salt would destroy the tubes
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