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I'm still confused over the whole BILSTEIN thing. do they do the same thing as a leveling kit? or is it just preference what ppl like more? & i still can't decide to go with a leveling kit & 35's or a 4" lift & 35's from some of the pics on here some of the leveling kits look really good like a lift & others look kinda to "stuffed" but went to the dodge dealership today to ask them about my warranty & they told me any lift will void it that i could only do a leveling kit & bigger tires kind of a bummer! really don't want to void my warranty so the leveling kit i was looking at was a 3" leveling kit on ebay are those good?
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I'm still confused over the whole BILSTEIN thing. do they do the same thing as a leveling kit? or is it just preference what ppl like more? & i still can't decide to go with a leveling kit & 35's or a 4" lift & 35's from some of the pics on here some of the leveling kits look really good like a lift & others look kinda to "stuffed" but went to the dodge dealership today to ask them about my warranty & they told me any lift will void it that i could only do a leveling kit & bigger tires kind of a bummer! really don't want to void my warranty so the leveling kit i was looking at was a 3" leveling kit on ebay are those good?
Bilsteins are essentially a leveling kit if you want them to be. They're an adjustable strut that you can set to be longer rather than adding a spacer on top of your OEM strut. It's a cleaner, better way of leveling that will give you a better ride. Check out the Guide to Leveling & Wheel and Tire Sizing linked in my signature if you want more information on the Bilsteins compared to spacers.

Your dealership is wrong... no mod you do can void your warranty completely. Yes if you put a lift kit on the dealership isn't going to cover that or any parts that might fail prematurely because of the lift. But the rest of your truck will still be fully covered. Check out THIS thread for more information about aftermarket mods and warranty.

No a 3" leveling kit from eBay is not good... the highest you want to go on a 4wd truck is 2.8" and that's pushing it. Any higher and you're going to start running in to problems. If you want to go the cheaper route and just run spacers then take a look at Hell Bent Steels 2.5" spacers.
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To clear the above....Brandon is right. However the Bilsteins are not adjusted to be longer or shorter. Rather, there is a clip that you raise in increments on the specified grooves on the strut that lets your spring sit higher/lower on the shock. Again, this is dependent on where you set that clip
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To clear the above....Brandon is right. However the Bilsteins are not adjusted to be longer or shorter. Rather, there is a clip that you raise in increments on the specified grooves on the strut that lets your spring sit higher/lower on the shock. Again, this is dependent on where you set that clip
By moving that clip higher up on the shock you are increasing the total length of the strut assembly by that amount. It pushes the lower shock cylinder down. So yes it's adjusted with that clip but the effect of it is making the strut longer.
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Yup. Pain in the ass if you set it wrong the first time and even more costly on your wallet should you not be able to do it yourself.

Shops here charge for 2.5-3 hours of labor to remove and re - install.
Then you more than likely have to go for an alignment to be sure if did not go out of wack.
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Yup. Pain in the ass if you set it wrong the first time and even more costly on your wallet should you not be able to do it yourself.

Shops here charge for 2.5-3 hours of labor to remove and re - install.
Then you more than likely have to go for an alignment to be sure if did not go out of wack.
I just put a 2" spacer kit on my struts and am pleased bc I'm just wanting to level it off, no tire upgrade plans for the moment but I do have a question about the alignment. I brought it to the dealer and asked prior to adding the spacers if there would be any warranty issues and as stated previously this mod wouldn't but even if I went with a total lift kit I would still have my warranty but they just wouldn't warranty any after market parts or problems caused by them and that would be determined by the dealer????? My question is after getting the dealer to do a front end alignment I'm noticing the camber (I guess that's what it's called, top and bottom of tire) the adjustment seems off if I'm looking at the front of the truck the tire isn't straight even with the back tire, it's towed out at the top, is that normal? I never noticed it before but I see it now since it's lifted about 2". Just curious, thanks for input.
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You have to completely remove the struck. compress the spring and remove it from the strut, move the clip on the strut body and then reinstall the springs. Good idea to figure out where you want it first so you don't have to go through the process again. Plus you'll need to do an alignment again.
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Yup. Pain in the ass if you set it wrong the first time and even more costly on your wallet should you not be able to do it yourself.

Shops here charge for 2.5-3 hours of labor to remove and re - install.
Then you more than likely have to go for an alignment to be sure if did not go out of wack.

Well that sucks! They should have done them like my Fox coil-overs. Special tool to just crank 'em. Increase the preload and up she goes. Same setup on my KTM's rear suspension. Infinite adjustment, within reason


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