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I'll be purchasing the Adjustable Bilstein 5100's in the next week or so. I went out to measure the height difference between the front and rear. From the top of the rim to the bottom of the wheel well measures as follows:

Front: 9.5"
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I have seen numerous threads where folks are setting the shocks at 2.1" and getting leveled. With my truck being 3.5" off from front to rear it won't even be level if I set the Bilsteins to 2.8.

Are the different trim levels sitting at different heights from the factory? Mine is a 2012 Laramie Longhorn Limited.

Does anyone remember their before/after measurements?
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I have mine at 2.8 and I still have one inch of rake. It just depends on the truck.
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Just wondering what makes the difference from truck to truck. Unless there are different springs or some other part that is different they should all be the same... At 2.8 how does your ride compare to stock? Is it a harsh ride? Bumpy?
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All trucks are slightly different from the factory.... that's just how it is. Check out the Guide to Leveling & Wheel and Tire Sizing linked in my signature. It explains how to measure your current rake and what you will want to set Bilsteins at according to your rake.
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I have a 2011 sport and it has a bit of rake at the 2.1 setting. I think I could have went 2.8 with no issues but I didn't want it to appear nose high. On the other hand if you do a 2.8 and it's nose high after a week, just put a spacer in the back! more lift. win win.
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I would describe the ride as plush. The shocks have progressive dampening so they get stiffer deeper into the stroke. So, it rides very nice under normal conditions and gets stiffer when it needs to.
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All trucks are slightly different from the factory.... that's just how it is. Check out the Guide to Leveling & Wheel and Tire Sizing linked in my signature. It explains how to measure your current rake and what you will want to set Bilsteins at according to your rake.
I've seen the thread and it has a lot of good info, thanks for putting it together. The only thing I would say is that having your truck on a slight slope doesn't change the weight distribution enough to matter for the measurements. I measured from the top of the rim to the bottom lip of the fender, which yields the same result as your method.

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I would describe the ride as plush. The shocks have progressive dampening so they get stiffer deeper into the stroke. So, it rides very nice under normal conditions and gets stiffer when it needs to.
That sounds promising. Looks like I am going to have to go all the way up and will still have about 3/4" rake. I guess it's better than a sharp stick in the eye.

I still don't understand why there would be as much as an inch difference between trucks unless it is intentional (by trim level or some other reason). For example, I know the new Outdoorsman is a little higher in the front than other trim levels. I don't want to beat a dead horse, just think its odd. At any rate, thanks for your responses. I will be posting my level pics (of course) as soon as it is done.
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I've seen the thread and it has a lot of good info, thanks for putting it together. The only thing I would say is that having your truck on a slight slope doesn't change the weight distribution enough to matter for the measurements. I measured from the top of the rim to the bottom lip of the fender, which yields the same result as your method.



That sounds promising. Looks like I am going to have to go all the way up and will still have about 3/4" rake. I guess it's better than a sharp stick in the eye.

I still don't understand why there would be as much as an inch difference between trucks unless it is intentional (by trim level or some other reason). For example, I know the new Outdoorsman is a little higher in the front than other trim levels. I don't want to beat a dead horse, just think its odd. At any rate, thanks for your responses. I will be posting my level pics (of course) as soon as it is done.
It will give you the same results as far as rake goes but once you've leveled it people are going to ask for your fender heights before and after. Not the distance from the tire to the fender. So it's just easier to have those numbers on hand right off the bat. That way you have something to compare to.

Even with 3/4" rake your truck will look pretty much dead level. You don't want any less than 0.5" rake or the truck starts looking nose high. So you're only 1/4" off.
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Yeah, wasn't really thinking ahead to the questions... I was hoping that I would be able to use a 3/4" spacer in the back at the 2.8" setting. Oh well, guess I'll have to explore other options like a 4" lift at some point down the road.

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Having seen this thread about Bilsteins and having just ordered a set for my 07 Ram 1500 W/TRX suspension,i have a question! Is there any threads anyone know of that may give good details of replacing both the front and rear struts/shocks on my truck? Truly appreciate and I'm sure i'll need to align after they're installed also.ThanksDeWayne
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