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Originally Posted by OffRoadWarehouse View Post
These shocks are LONGER than OEM to accommodate a 2.5" lift. Reason WHY bilstein stops at 2.5" to ensure that your drive line, upper and lower ball joints are not affected and do not prematurely wear out quicker than they should. Internal valving is made to match the OEM spring rate and length. Some guys have tested out other springs like aftermarket with stiffer spring rate or taller in length but you have to remember that you only have useable space. Taller Coils set at the 0" setting will make up the difference than the OEM Springs @ 2.5" (top setting). Taller springs MAY have the same spring rate not necessarily called an upgrade. Some install a spacer ontop of the Bilsteins but then you'll run into maxing out your ball joint in the UCA and possibly hitting the coil bucket with the upper arm. Before you spend more money on buying other coils rather than use OEM. Money is better spent on getting a Coilover like ICON, KING or FOX because they are designed for taller than 2.5" with extended travel & an aftermarket upper control arm.

Bilstein 5100's for the rear are good for 0-1.5", But def. Over 2" you will need another shock.
Thank you for the detailed explanation. From what I understand I would basically be at the same height I am now with the DS spacer kit but the main difference would be the ride and handling improvement. Do the 5100's hold weight any better than stock? Towing for example.
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