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Just finished the install in the driveway. I didn't remove any wheels. Didn't use any lift. Took about an hour and 15 minutes after I figured out which wrenches/sockets to use. 13/16 box and socket gets the rears (top and bottom) and the bottom front mounts. Cresent and vise grips gets the front top mount. I didn't get any instructions with them and was wondering how far to tighten the front top mount. I just bottomed them out on the threads!?!?

Headed for a test drive, but those stockers are really cheap....you push them in and they just stay compressed. BTW, they have less than 5K on them.
 

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I appreciate the info I just ordered a set from Kennedy Diesel and was wondering about installation my self.
 

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The standard rule for stud mount shocks is to tighten until the rubber bulges to the diameter of the washer and no more.
 

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OK, thanks JK. I'll check them....
 

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I just installed mine too, I guess I'm a wuss. I had to jack up the front end a little to get the bottom of the shock lined up to the bolt hole. I didn't have any trouble compressing the OEM's, but the Bilsteins are stiff. Like my Crown Royal and Coke. Mike Z
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so are the bilsteines worth it? and do the make a steering stabilizer.
 

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I just grunted alot....trying to compress the fronts.
 

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so are the bilsteines worth it? and do the make a steering stabilizer.
I just took a short ride over some railroad tracks. The rear stays put better, IMHO. Don't know about a steering stabilizer...
 

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What a stinkin JOKE, 4.8 K on the oem shocks and two of four were bad. That is shamefull on GM's part. Anyway just put my bilsteins on this afternoon, glad I did. Ride has tightened up but is not harsh. Whole suspension seems less rattley and more ballenced then before, especialy with the big tires. Anyway back to the OE's, front right was sorta bound up as compared to the front left, back right was completely loose very little comp damp and no rebound at all. Batten 50% at less then 5K miles, geez whats next.??
 

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so are the bilsteines worth it? and do the make a steering stabilizer.
I'd leave the stabilizer alone. There's no kick in the wheel as is, and I think if you add too much damping it will make the already marginal power steering weaker with the big tires.
 

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bilsteins definatly make a huge differance in ride and control.
 

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What are the Bilstein part numbers for the front and rear?
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These were the numbers off my 2002 2500HD, they will be the same for newer models.
Front BE5-6081-H0
Rear BE5-6082-H0
 

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Thanks!
 

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What are the Bilstein part numbers for the front and rear?
Thanks.
I've simplified the order process by listing them via application rather than part number.
 

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Do you have them in stock right now?

I've simplified the order process by listing them via application rather than part number.
 

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I just recently installed mine. Save yourself the time and effort of removing/installing 16 lug nuts and leave your front wheels on. Just crank the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the side your replacing. There is plenty of room to access the bottom bolt this way.

And yes they are worth the money.
 

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I didn't have to remove, jack up, or turn anything. But your application and technique may vary.
 
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