I decided to try one Bilstein one and I found I had plenty of room left. I used the OEM bushings and insert with the new shocks. I'm glad my wife helped me slip a screw driver in the bolt hole to keep the shock in place. That was the only though part. Photo of install.
When I bought my Bilsteins Pickuptruck.com didn't even have a part number listed for an '03 truck so I ordered using the '02 numbers (same as yours) and they went on without a hitch using the supplied bushings. Dont worry, you'll be fine.
So whats the anwser to the question...because I have the same question. Do you use the old spacer on the front or do you just put the bilsteins in and not worry about the larger hole and the small space?
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