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Shocks

Since im probably not getting a lift im going to need new shocks mine are squeaking quite badly now. But i want to get some really nice ones. I know fox makes some good shocks but im not sure which ones to get.
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so i need a little help picking which length shock to go with, I've decided on the bilstein 5150 shocks and measured for the rear and figured out i needed the 10" travel ones but im having trouble picking ones for the front. I measured the static length at 18.5" also i have to get the stem adapter kit for the shock so that takes 1.5 - 2 in off the shock height. So i was thinking i needed the 8" travel ones because the 6" ones will only give me 2" of down travel before they are extended all the way but idk if the collapsed length of the 8" ones is too long and will act as a bump stop.
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i think you will hit factory bumps first. i would get the 8's
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also will the piggyback reservoir fit in the front i know its kinda cramped in there?
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it wont matter, with the mounting you can put it any were, so facing out towards the tire would be fine. the shaft on the bottom will rotate all the way aruond. there shouldnt be an issue.
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Thanks so much dude i'll order them as soon as my parents pay me back lol
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no prob. take many pics!
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i will i've got some other goodies in the mail now so i'll be postin some pics
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nice
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well i got some other parts in the mail this week. sadly none are the shocks.
but heres some of what came!
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also got Fram fuel filter and reese trailer hitch reciever also i'll post more pics of the mirror install if my camera decides to work again i might post a how to on installing these 06+ power mirrors but depends on if i can get them too work.
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also got Fram fuel filter and reese trailer hitch reciever also i'll post more pics of the mirror install if my camera decides to work again i might post a how to on installing these 06+ power mirrors but depends on if i can get them too work.
If you get one together or any info you may have, please do post it up or shoot me a PM and I'll have it added to my '06+ mirror swap how-to. I'm not powered so it's something that I couldn't write-up for.
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well i cut off the passenger side mirror and took the connector off the new mirror and once my dad gets here we are going to try soldering the wires together, but not sure if it will work the 02 wires are green blue and white whereas the 06+ are green blue and yellow?
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I have the diagrams of the plugs as to what wire does what... Just they're on my other computer. Give me a minute and i'll post 'em in this thread...
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sweet thanks!
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Whipped a quickie together for ya...


The way I'm told and as mentioned in the mirror swap how-to, is you cut the plugs off both sets leaving some wire remaining, reuse your stock plug, cut cut crimp crimp(or solder solder). I've never had any power stuff in front of me to see, but I know on third brake lights and the PCM and alot of engine pigtails, you can actually disassemble them. Could be possible you can disassemble those '06 plugs and the '02 plugs from the wires, slide in the wire w/ connector, and it'll all just click together leaving a totally oem looking quality setup. Might be something to look into.

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well got the mirrors mounted after two days!
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what do ya think?
also got the order in for the shocks!!!! rear ones should be in on monday not sure about the front though.
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any advice on how to mount up the new shocks?
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so im going to go ahead and ask do i need to put loctite or anything like that on the shock bolts or anything like that? also should i put some on the t-bar bolts? i didnt do it when i cranked them but didnt know if i should put some on to keep them from creeping back down.
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Shocks....lock tite isn't really needed if you actually tighten them. Just make sure you tighten them goodly, and you'll be good to go.

T-bar adjustment bolts don't need it because they are covered with locktite from the factory... plus they're basically always getting weight from the truck on them so they won't move.
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thanks i wasn't sure.
oh by the way i wired up the mirrors its not the best job but at least i have power to my passenger mirror now! on one side the mirror wont turn in but on the other it wont turn out. not sure how that works but other than that they work great and holy crap i didn't realize how sucky the old ones were! thank you for that how-to! i can see and they look better too!
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pm sent about mirrors..
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One tip about the shocks, start soaking the bolts in PB Blaster now, and make sure you have at least one impact wrench and a large breaker bar. They are not fun to get loose! I actually split the the nut on one of the rear shocks trying to get em loose. I ran up to Fastenal and got new grade-8 bolts and nuts for them though.
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so i got my front shocks in today and took the old one off and how do you fit the two bolts piece on the new shock? how do you get it off the old one?
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so i got my front shocks in today and took the old one off and how do you fit the two bolts piece on the new shock? how do you get it off the old one?
be more descriptive. i just did mine today and they bolted up fine 20 min job
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