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post #41 of 48 Old 05-20-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Bilsteins installed. It was kind of odd to install, but took about an hour (struggled with the first one). The stickers called for the boot to be down - but I have always seen the boot on top. I started to put them in boot up, but the darn things wouldn't fit. I read a bit online about how Bilstein can be trusted to put the labels on the correct way, flipped them over and voila - right into place.

Have not installed the front ones yet - but hopefully early this week.




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Separate note - I have not noticed a change in MPG since installing the 22s. Could be a number of things, but I will be getting an alignment done in the next week as well. My old tires were crap.
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Rear Bilsteins installed. It was kind of odd to install, but took about an hour (struggled with the first one). The stickers called for the boot to be down - but I have always seen the boot on top. I started to put them in boot up, but the darn things wouldn't fit. I read a bit online about how Bilstein can be trusted to put the labels on the correct way, flipped them over and voila - right into place.

Have not installed the front ones yet - but hopefully early this week.




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My understanding is Bilsteins says they place the body up to get it away from taking hits. When the body takes a hit, it reduces how well the piston works. and that's why they place the body up out of the way.

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On my 2000 R/T, I found it easier to fit them piston down as they clear with room all around. I only hit some basic trails and shallow ponds (30" tall tires you know...) so worry of rocks or other debris is next to nil. These shocks are now 3.5 years old and holding up decent - I have no complaints.


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So.... Did I screw it up? Normally boot up right?
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I can't say which way to install as I don't own a Gen2. One would think that either direction is fine. My only concern is that at maximum travel the suspension geometry doesn't push the shock into anything. Even with the boot in place the diameter should be relatively the same for the whole shock and shouldn't matter.

I didn't realize in order to do a diff service on a gen2, you have to remove some of the suspension components there - ouch.

Check out section 2-35 for shock install. I couldn't see where it specified the direction. On page 2-36 I assume you have the right installation. Service Manual for a 2004 Durango (other years similar) http://www.biodsl.com/durangofsm.htm

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Cant wait to see her finished
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So - all 4 shocks are now installed - and had the alignment done yesterday.

Rides so much nicer now.

I need to figure out what to do next now.... I might look into lowering her a little bit.
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