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    John
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    St. Louis
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    2015 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab Z71 LTZ

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  1. The ride did improve even more after the alignment, so glad to be rid of the Ranchos and the front spacers! As you know, I went with the 3rd setting and got every bit of 1 11/2" of lift. Yes, I am running stock blocks in rear as I was looking to be closer to level. I have a 75lb sand bag in the bed, always run with that. I have right under a 1" rake with my current setup. I think you will be happy with the max setting and a 2" block in the rear if you are looking for about a 2" rake with an empty bed. That looks just like the one I rented from Advance Auto Parts, the pins won't go over the coil wire but if you set it up correctly you should be able to work with this. I believe I had mine on each side holding the second coil from the top and the second coil from the bottom, once you start to tighten be sure to tighten each side evenly and you should see the hook on the compressor "seat in" on the spring as you start to compress. I used an impact gun with my tank set around 100psi - 110psi and did not have the gun set on kill and it worked out great for me. You will basically grabbing 4 spring coils on each side iirc. I would confidently do this again, just be sure to recognize the notch in the top of the strut mount faces the engine as the bolt pattern is specific. and you want the very end of the top of the spring directly under the stud facing you.
  2. Getting the alignment done in a couple hours, I will report back after some miles!
  3. When I was getting tired of waiting I did look around at other options and admittedly looked at combo's already assembled for less of a hassle, after going through the process of taking the original equipment off and putting together the new setup and reinstalling it was pretty simple but I do have the tools for a job like this minus the spring compressor. Auto parts store charges a deposit then refunds you the majority when you return it, I ended up paying something like $5 to rent the strut spring compressor set.
  4. You have to reuse the factory top mount and isolators which means you have to take apart the factory strut to put together the new assembly with the new springs and Bilstein struts.
  5. You are correct, the 6112's come with springs labeled Bilstein, it is my understanding they are made for them by Eibach. The springs are by far a beefier spring vs stock and allow for an amazing ride coupled with the 6112 imo. If you are considering this swap, I would highly recommend. I had just over 60K miles on my Rancho's and despised them for at least 40K of those miles.
  6. Thought I would post an update - ordered Bilstein 6112's and 5100's in early April, received everything this past Friday so I decided to get right to it and proceeded to perform the swap the very next day. Installing the rear shocks was super easy, took about 45 minutes...Moved to the fronts, very simple as well. Had both assembly's out in about an hour then went to an tire and auto place to have them swap springs and struts, waited about an hour and went back home only to realize they didn't put them together properly. Decided to go to the local auto parts store and rent spring compressor and corrected each strut/spring assembly which took less than an hour. Putting the fronts back together was pretty easy, probably less than an hour. This project with proper tools is about a 3 out of 10 in difficulty for a person that has done some wrenching imo. Back story - I had spacers under the factory Rancho's to see what that would do for me height wise and I really liked the stance, they gave me an 1 1/2" lift. Sadly, I felt it made the ride even worse the longer I had them in place. Like many others, I waited and waited for the 6112's to come and almost gave up and started to look at other options. Impressions/Results - I went with the second from the top setting, my front is just about exactly where it was with the spacers so this setting gave me right around a 1 1/2" lift which made me very happy. Took the spring compressor back to the parts store and then took about a 10 mile cruise, it was immediate that I knew my patience waiting for this combo had paid off! Truck drove and rode great...Sunday wife and I went for a cruise and probably put another 25 miles on the new setup, still happy. Today was the big day, drove my route to work which takes me into the city where the streets are total sh_t! The setup was a huge improvement and passed the test, I can finally get back to enjoying my truck. Later this week I will have the alignment checked/corrected then I have a nice trip to the farm planned for this weekend where the truck will have some light off road use.
  7. Bilstein shocks thread

    I ordered 6112's beginning of this month along with 5100's for the rear, nothing has come in yet bet I will def update this thread once everything comes in and install. 6112's have to be better than the Rancho's, I will update this thread when I put mine on. I will be installing them on one below the top settings wise and will not use a spacer.
  8. Bilstein shocks thread

    Chas, Thank you for your time over the phone this afternoon discussing my project and the awesome deal on the 6112's and some 5100's for the rear of my 15 Silverado!! Looking forward to ditching the Rancho's and enjoying my truck again!! John in St. Louis
  9. Very good info, thank you for sharing! I am adding Icons to the consideration list even though the Halo lift setup is still the front runner.
  10. Codey, Thanks for the heads up on these, price point seems good but it still puts me at assembling the struts which I would like to avoid. The 2" lift with the two systems I am looking at is basically my max as I'm not looking to buy new wheels and tires to take full advantage of a higher lift plus the UCA would have to be replaced I believe once you go 2 1/2" higher. Appreciate you sharing, found some good info on the Eibach's when I searched.
  11. The time has come, I am just over 55,000 miles and I absolutely can't take the factory Rancho's any longer! I seem to have narrowed it down to the Halo Lift Boss setup or the Fox 2.0 setup, either way I will be doing both front and rear with a rear block that is undetermined to keep my current stance. Currently have a 1 1/2" lift/leveling in the front using a under strut spacer. My goal is to have a better performing shock/strut combo that simply does everything better. Pavement, gravel roads and light off-road use. Anyone that has either system in place, please share your thoughts! I have performed countless searches and read a ton of threads, saw a couple issues with the Fox 2.0 setup in the past but nothing really reported recently. Haven't seen anything negative about the Halo setup but seems too good to be true lol Not interested in the Bilsteins, don't want the hassle of switching out the factory strut and reusing the factory spring setup, just want to be able to remove and replace with a solid unit ready to install. Thanks in advance for any and all feedback.
  12. Great post, looking at making a move on these thanks to your details and impressions! I did want to ask if you used the spacers in the rear for additional lift or if you just installed the rear shocks by themselves?
  13. High-flow Cat

    AFE makes a direct fit replacement that replaces entire Y-pipe with 2 new high flow cats, will most likely throw a code so be prepared to tune if it does. It is very expensive btw, not worth cost per gain IMO.
  14. Bilstein shocks thread

    I have waited well over a year (like many others) and still no 6112’s! my Rancho’s are done at 35K miles and I will be purchasing something to replace them this month. Looks like I might have to look elswhere other than Bilstein?
  15. I am at 28K miles and just started to have the shudder/vibration when accelerating lightly under 1500 rpm's, even chugs a little when taking off from a stop with light acceleration. Hoping my regular dealership doesn't give me a hard time and will work with me on resolution. I love the truck but will only keep it if I am able to continue enjoying driving it!
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