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Bilstein 5100 feedback?

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Wondering how y’all are liking y’all’s 5100 shocks? Was there any settling in the front end? How is overall ride quality? Would love to see trucks leveled on 5100s!

 

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Wondering how y’all are liking y’all’s 5100 shocks? Was there any settling in the front end? How is overall ride quality? Would love to see trucks leveled on 5100s!
I had them on my 2018 set at 1.75. It was the perfect height (slight rake) and never settled that I noticed. But to be honest they were a bit stiff for me. But you will find that opinions vary widely on that. I now have a 21 with very few options out yet.
 

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I have another thread that I was just about to update with some feedback. this is the link https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/thr...nt-on-2021-f-150-installed-and-feedback.5317/
But to summarize they ride firm but not harsh. They also seem to soften up a tad after breaking in. They make the truck feel planted and controlled, no more floaty boat like feel that the stock shocks have. I set mine at the highest setting which is 2.1 and seemed nose high at first but settled a bit after an off-roading trip and now its perfectly leveled. Personally I would recommend the 1.75 setting to not go overboard on the preload and to make the suspension a slight bit softer. Also tire choice is important, I was running E rated Nitto Ridge grapplers and the combination of a stiff tire and firm suspension made you feel more bumps on the road but handled big bumps very smoothly. Now I am running BF Goodrich KO2s in C rated and to me it is the perfect combination! The tires are softer and give more flex so it absorbs small bumps in the road a lot smoother now and the ride is very plush and comfortable but controlled and planted.
 


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I have another thread that I was just about to update with some feedback. this is the link https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/thr...nt-on-2021-f-150-installed-and-feedback.5317/
But to summarize they ride firm but not harsh. They also seem to soften up a tad after breaking in. They make the truck feel planted and controlled, no more floaty boat like feel that the stock shocks have. I set mine at the highest setting which is 2.1 and seemed nose high at first but settled a bit after an off-roading trip and now its perfectly leveled. Personally I would recommend the 1.75 setting to not go overboard on the preload and to make the suspension a slight bit softer. Also tire choice is important, I was running E rated Nitto Ridge grapplers and the combination of a stiff tire and firm suspension made you feel more bumps on the road but handled big bumps very smoothly. Now I am running BF Goodrich KO2s in C rated and to me it is the perfect combination! The tires are softer and give more flex so it absorbs small bumps in the road a lot smoother now and the ride is very plush and comfortable but controlled and planted.
What size are your KO2’s in C rating?

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I've got the FX4 package and was thinking about doing the rears only and leaving at stock height. I've read a lot of reviews (mostly positive) and people report that they stop the rear end from hopping around and reduce body roll. I can't say that I've experienced any hopping in the rear end. A few people have said they couldn't tell a difference or the 5100's (rear only) were too stiff for their liking. I do notice that the truck has a very floaty feeling driving down the road and I haven't yet decided if I like that or not. It's definitely not "planted" but it's a nice soft ride. I figured I would start with the rears because I can install them myself and do the front's another time but only raise the front 0.75".
 


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Did any of y’all install them y’all’s selves? If so how did you remove the front sway bar to drop the lca allowing you to drop the strut?
 
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Installed a week ago and just got a bath today! I’m blown away by the ride improvements, less body roll, more road feel, feels stiffer and stronger in all driving situations. Haven’t been off-road yet, but loving the leveled look. Thanks for all the good reviews making me pull the trigger on the Bilstien kit!
 

 
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