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    Spring, Texas
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    Finance, Accounting, modding the 2012 Camaro 2SS (even more modded now!)
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    2018 GMC Sierra SLT Z71 4X4 White Frost Tricoat, 5.3V8, 6 Spd AT

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  1. Bilstein shocks thread

    You’re ok. That’s what it should look like
  2. You’re one of the lucky ones then. I’m having to drill the back hole on drivers side for front shield to make it fit. Can not believe that GM failed in this design.
  3. Did you have to enlarge the holes on the front shield to get it installed? Just curious since others have mentioned some of the holes didn't line up on the front shield.
  4. Bilstein shocks thread

    I like the ride now as compared to having the stock Ranchos with the bottom strut spacer. I can’t answer as to how the truck would ride with the Bilsteins maxed out in lift. Paying $50 for the spacer and leaving the struts in stock position only costs $50 more. I didn’t want to rely on the strut giving me the lift as I wanted the Bilsteins for the controlled ride as compared to the Ranchos. If you don’t like having the spacer you can always take it out later and changing the setup on the Bilsteins. Just my opinion. I also upgraded the rears to Bilsteins 5100 series and think this is how the truck should come from the factory. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  5. Bilstein shocks thread

    The Rugged Off Road spacer is similar to that of the Rough Country spacer and mounts at the bottom of the factory or aftermarket strut. I just added the Bilstein adjustable/leveling struts but left them at the factory setting and left the aftermarket strut spacer installed as I didn’t want to use the new struts to lift the front, I only wanted a more controlled ride. I have no rubbing with the LT 275/60/20 BFG All Terrain TA KO2 tires..
  6. Bilstein shocks thread

    I just installed the 5100 Bilsteins on front and rear but left the Rugged Off Road bottom strut spacer in place and have the front struts at stock height with the BFG LT275/60/20. I have no rubbing. The bottom strut spacer gave me 1.75” of front lift. Hope this helps with your decision.
  7. Bilstein shocks thread

    No complaints. Ride is much more controlled and I’m very happy with my setup.
  8. Bilstein shocks thread

    The ride with the Bilsteins is so much better.
  9. Bilstein shocks thread

    Yes, the Rugged off road kit are bottom mount spacers. I've been running the kit right after I bought the truck and had put 50 miles on it along with LT 275/60/20 BFG All Terrain TA KO2 tires and stock 20" wheels with no rubbing at all. The angles after installing the level kit were close to stock based on pics I took and kit raised the front end to be within a 1/4" of the rear height so it is totally unnoticeable in difference, almost level. By running the Bilsteins at stock height I should just get the better ride without any difference in height from what I have today. I am looking forward to getting rid of these so called monotube Rancho shocks. Here's a link to the kit I had installed at my local All Out Off Road shop in the Houston area. https://www.ruggedoffroad.com/product-page/2007-2017-chevy-silverado-gmc-sierra-1500-6-lug-2-0-leveling-kit
  10. Bilstein shocks thread

    Tomorrow, I’m taking off the monotube Ranchos and putting on Bilstein 24-238304 height adjustable in front at stock level and leaving the Rugged Off Road level kit installed, and installing the Bilstein 5100 33-238319 in the rear. The stock Rancho monotubes are terrible. 2200 miles with the Ranchos is all I could take.
  11. Amsoil is liquid gold. I don’t use anything but Amsoil in all my vehicles.
  12. I bought my '18 Sierra new in Feb 2019 and I find the ride of the stock Ranchos very cushiony or mushy. As an adder, I've had both the 5100 Bilsteins and Pro Comp Pro Runner Monotubes and both rode better than these Rancho shocks. I'm not sure if the stock Ranchos are to be similar to the RS5000 series or something of a lesser quality like an OEM shock with Rancho badging. Seems like they might be a twin tube design, and monotubes seems to ride better. Just my opinion.
  13. EFI Live autocal by black bear performance

    You have to pull the stock tunes with the vehicle off. Once you plug in the autocal and assuming it's up to date with the most recent software, you can just read the stock tunes using the Read function on the auto cal. Using the Next button, go to the Read screen then click ok. To get the data log, just plug in the AutoCal, start up the truck and using the arrows on the auto cal go to the Record Data function and click ok. A timer should start running meaning your're recording your driving and creating a log.
  14. Gear swap

    Where in Tx are you?

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