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i know waht you guys are saying , and before i bought all this i called toy tec and they said it was fine to do this and 4 wheel parts said the same as long as the 5100's are set to stock height ! which they are ! when i ordered my parts i even have a third party, my mechanic tell me its fine as long as im not doin any crazy s#@t with the truck

plus along this i also hav a 1.5 '' spacer to fit the 305's . . . .
This setup makes no sense. Am I missing something here?

You have the adjustable Bilstein 5100s that allow you to set up to approx 2.5" of lift but you decided to ignore this design benefit and jam in coil spacers? :confuseda: What you have done is remove the capability of your shocks to slow excessive downtravel, which, if not contained, puts enormous stress on the ball joints. The simple act of driving too fast over parking lot speed bumps can fracture one or more of your ball joints when the suspension drops out.
 

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yes i now know after all is said and done that i should take out the spacer and adjust the shocks , stupid me

now im gonna b worrying about the ball joints till i redo it . . oh joy
can i adjust the struts my self ?
Not stupid. Just learning like the rest of us!

Don't worry. It'll be OK until you get it properly set up. Just be careful going over dips and bumps, especially those short "parking lot-type" speed bumps. We just don't want you to do any damage to your vehicle! ;)

You can remove the entire coilover assemblies yourself (and ditch the top spacers), but will need a coil compressor to remove the preload spacers and reinstall the coil spring perch at a different setting. I suggest taking them back to the shop that originally did the work, have them compress the coils, slide up the spring perches, and re-lay the coil. You can then take them home and reinstall.
 

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If you have your 5100 at the lowest setting (bottom notch) with the 3" Toytec spacers you should be fine...
As was posted earlier, a coil spacer on top of the adjustable Bilstein 5100s is a bass-ackwards install. It's like buying mudders but cutting the lugs off because you really needed street tires. Just doesn't make a whole lotta sense.
 

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What if he was going from a nonTRD and wanted bilsteins??? This way you get the performance from the shock and the full 3" of lift from the spacer. Its nothing like buying Muds and cutting the lugs off.
OK, simile eludes you - and you missed the point entirely.

He clearly stated he wants LIFT, and purchased the 5100s. It doesn't matter what his previous suspension configuration was, TRD or not. Why would you suggest that he throw away the benefit he PAID for? :rolleyes:

Coil spacers are a lower-performing lift model than a shock body allowed its full travel capabilities. They allow the suspension components to droop beyond the help of the shock's ability to reduce it. It therefore puts his ball joints at risk due to impact from excessive downtravel because they become the limiting component. That's just a physical fact.

He will not "...get the performance from the shock..." with the coil spacers, especially 3" spacers, as you suggest, and the OP should be clearly aware of that. I have the DayStar 2.5" front coilover spacer lift on my Tundra; I know what I'm talking about.

To the OP: I strongly urge you to do more research here on lifts, especially this writeup done by DevinSixtySeven. :tu:
 

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So are you saying that putting the 3" spacer on a stock shock is the same as putting it on the 5100's at bottom notch?
That's part of my point. Remember the OP's original intent: lift. I'm also adding that you don't have to have a sub-par setup if you have the 5100s installed. If his intent was to use spacers and not use the adjustable capabilities on the 5100s, why did he pay $200 for them when he could have just replaced the stock shocks with the cheapest Ranchos he could find and then jam the spacers in there?

I'm not trying to say what he did was the best way to lift a truck but it does work. There is no need to change the set up now if its all said and done.
That's a lazy man's way to look at it. It should be done right. He has already invested the $$$, so he should capture the benefit.

And I'm tired of :deadhorse: I've said all I can here. :usa2:
 
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