How to install a level kit on a 2014 RAM 1500 4x4 (Bilstein 5100 - front)
Installing the Bilstein 5100s on a 2014 RAM 1500 4x4 in the front to level
and lift the truck.
Torque specs and socket sizes provided.
Tires: Nitto Terra Grabbler in LT275/65/R20
(these fit the 2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab even without level kit; at least the
version without air suspension)
Update after 7500 miles:
Still no problems with this setup and I regularly go off-roading when
hunting. Highly recommend.
Update after 10k miles:
Had my truck at the dealer for first maintenance today. Asked them to check
out the front upper ball joints and they said they look very good. No
cracks, no stress to be seen.
✇ How To Replace or Install Front Shocks - Half Idiots Guide
How to replace front shocks (Quad Shocks) on a 1976 GMC K25 3/4 Ton 4x4
(4WD) Suburban. As an ongoing video series of auto / truck how to videos in
the restoration of this 76 suburban. In this video we will go through how
to remove the old worn out shocks and replace them with new Bilstein 5100
series shock absorbers.
You will Need:
You Will Need:
New Shocks for Your Specific Vehicle
Set of Sockets up to 15/16
Open End Wrenches up to 15/16
Metal Cutting Wheel
Flat Black Spray Paint
This video is not done by a professional mechanic.
This is a common man's experience in vehicle maintenance.
It is intended to help you and entertain you at the same time.
Step by Step directions:
1. Remove old shocks. First spray the upper and lower shock bolts with
WD-40 and let sit for 20-30 minutes. It may even be helpful to spray them a
day before a well. Our old shocks had been on there since circa 1980, so
they were a bit rusted on and seized up. Remove the top bolts first. Then
remove the bottom bolts.
2. You should be left with at top shock absorber mount. You need to remove
those pins, since the new Bilstein shocks come with bushings already
pressed into the top mounts. The back side of the shock hardware is a
15/16" hex head nut. The front side of the mounting hardware is also hexed
at 3/4" machined into the end of the pin past the bushing and up against
the frame. Put an open ended wrench on this 3/4" side and a breaker bar
with a deep reach 15/16" socket on the other side. Turn them opposite each
other to the left and this should loosen the pin. Remove the back side
15/16" top shock absorber pin nut. Remove the pin from the fram.
3. Clean the upper shock mount pin hole free from rust, dry and paint to
prevent further rust oxydation. Let dry.
4. Put the new shocks on starting with the upper mounts. We are using
Bilstein's 5100 series front shock absorbers for "Quad Shocks". Again, they
have the proper top bushings press into the top mounting holes, properly
spaced. Put the hex head nut on the back side of the frame onto the
threads of the upper mounting bolt. Hand tighten only. Repeat for the other
side of the rear axle on the vehicle or truck.
5. Line the bottom shock mount on the bottom shock bracket mounted on the
axle housing. In our case they did not initially line up as the bushing in
the bottom shock mount hole was too wide for the bottom bracket. You can
pound the bottom bracket a bit wider with a hammer, or force the shock into
place a bit with a hammer, but don't get too crazy with this or you'll
break the bracket or the shock. If needed, use a grinder to take a few
microns off the inside of the bottom bracket or the bushing in the shock...
again, take it easy with that. You don't want to take too much off either.
6. Once you are able to get the bottom mounting hole lined up with the
bottom shock bracket on the axle, put a new bottom bolt into the shock and
bracket. Bilstein will NOT provide a new one. We suggest going and getting
new bolts, washers and nuts. Place them in the bottom brackets and tighten.
7. Go back to the top mounting bolt, and snug the top bolt up on the back
side of the frame.
We are not affiliated with Bilstein nor WD-40 and were not paid by them nor
given any free products. Although that would be nice.
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Rancho(1/2)
Upgrading factory shocks and struts to Rancho RS9000XL after factor shock
failed at 50K. There was an annoying thud in the front end when traveling
over bumps and a squeaking noise when compressed. Surprisingly had 2
garages look at it and neither properly diagnosed it. Finally I opted to
replace the struts which I felt was the offending component the entire
time, and it worked. Part 2 here http://youtu.be/tFz0PIM7P48
TORQUE SPECIFICATION As taken from Ram Factory Svc Manual
Shock Absorber Upper Nut 4X4 45FT LB
Shock Absorber Lower Bolt 4X4 155 FT LB
Shock Absorber Upper Nut4X2 40 FT LB
Shock Absorber Lower Bolt 4X2 25FT LB
Lower Suspension Arm Frame Nuts LD 4X2 & 4X4 150 FT LB
Lower Suspension Arm Frame Nuts HD 4X2 175FT LB
Lower Suspension Arm Ball Joint Nut 1500 series only 38 FT LB Then an
Lower Suspension Arm Ball Joint Nut (HD 4X2 only 100 FT LB
Upper Suspension Arm Frame Nuts (LD) 130FT LB
Upper Suspension Arm Frame Nuts (HD 4X2 only) 125 FT LB
Upper Suspension Arm Ball Joint Nut 1500 series only 40 FT LB Then an
Stabilizer Bar Frame Bolt 45 FT LB
Stabilizer Link Lower Control Arm Nut 75 FT LB
Stabilizer Link Stabilizer Bar Nut 20 FT LB
Hub/Bearing Bolts (LD) 120 FT LB
Hub/Bearing Bolts (HD 4X2) 130 FT LB
Tie Rod End Nut 45FT LB Then an additional 90°
Woking Man's Truck Upgrades - 3" Lift [S1 Ep.11-2]
Today on GearZ, its a real world, working man's truck where Stacey shows
you how to take a late model diesel pick up and make it better, stronger,
and tougher than it was before...and its something that can be done in the
span of one weekend without breaking the bank proving once again that you
can have a cool truck and still use it on the job.