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New Bilstein 5100 Adjustables

Hi everyone,

Just a quick question. Dealer says I need new front struts due to leakage. Already set on Bilstein 5100 adjustables done by an independent 4x4 shop here in town. If I buy a pair of the struts do they come with all the hardware required for installation? The shop is not a Bilstein dealer but does a lot of installs on local FJ's.

Do I also need to buy the coilover pack as well or can I use the original springs/coils that are in there right now. Thanks!

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Re: New Bilstein 5100 Adjustables

You can use the original coils unless if you carry more weight by adding bumpers, winch, skid, then it’s a good time to upgrade.
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You can use the original coils unless if you carry more weight by adding bumpers, winch, skid, then it’s a good time to upgrade.
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You can use the original coils unless if you carry more weight by adding bumpers, winch, skid, then it’s a good time to upgrade.
One more question. Do I need to buy a mounting kit if I purchase just the 5100's or can the hardware that's on the FJ right now be used? Don't wanna get to the shop with just the new strut and need other components.

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One more question. Do I need to buy a mounting kit if I purchase just the 5100's or can the hardware that's on the FJ right now be used? Don't wanna get to the shop with just the new strut and need other components.
When I purchased mine everything I needed was there or I reused some parts like springs, etc.
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Re: New Bilstein 5100 Adjustables

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One more question. Do I need to buy a mounting kit if I purchase just the 5100's or can the hardware that's on the FJ right now be used? Don't wanna get to the shop with just the new strut and need other components.
How many miles on your FJ, and has it had an easy life or has it had serious off-roading?

If there is any doubt whatsoever, replace the top strut mounts, using OEM parts.

Also make sure you get the 5100’s for the ‘07 - ‘09 models, not the ‘10 - ‘14 models.
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Re: New Bilstein 5100 Adjustables

Boums,

The 5100's are designed to re-use your existing springs and top plate. I would recommended at a minimum purchasing new top plates for the rubber bushings in your existing plates are most likely worn. The 5100's have 4 different height adjustments. Height setting 2 or sometimes 3 will level the FJ depending on application. You can find many youtube videos on the subject.

The Bilsteins are a decent shock. You will be happy with the upgrade, if installed correctly.
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How many miles on your FJ, and has it had an easy life or has it had serious off-roading?

If there is any doubt whatsoever, replace the top strut mounts, using OEM parts.

Also make sure you get the 5100’s for the ‘07 - ‘09 models, not the ‘10 - ‘14 models.
Not for the 2010??? I was just about to pull the trigger on 5100s all the way around for my 2010. Do they not fit?

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Not for the 2010??? I was just about to pull the trigger on 5100s all the way around for my 2010. Do they not fit?
You misinterpreted my post.

Bilstein makes TWO DIFFERENT model 5100 struts ... one for '07 - '09 models, a different one for '10 to '14 models.
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Re: New Bilstein 5100 Adjustables

I sure did, FJtest. Sorry 'bout that. I kinda freaked initially reading it after weeks and weeks of researching what I want out of my suspension, only to think NONE of the 5100s fit. *whew!*

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