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Hi,

 

I've read here but not found my answer. I need to replace my 2011 Silverado's shocks & struts.

 

Does the factory coil over portion of my OEM struts stay in use with the Bilstein? Guys - I'm not a mechanic - I don't really know what I'm talking about here and I'm not an 'enthusiast', so please go easy on me. I just want a damned good ride and I need to know what to order. I greatly appreciate any help that you will offer me.

 

I drive mostly on streets/highways, but also drive on farm roads (in pastures/hills) too. The vehicle is 4x4 if this matters.

 

If any specific models/numbers can be given to me I'd appreciate it. In shopping for these damned things I've found too many options and too little information.

 

Thanks again.

 

?? http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?make=Bilstein&model=Heavy+Duty+%28B6%29+Strut&group=HD+Shock&cat=Shocks

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if it is a coil over unit you are replacing, you should be able to use your stock springs and seats. Check out the Bilstein B6 absorbers, they are killer for stock height vehicles.

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I changed the front struts and rear shocks on my 2011, just under two months ago at 78,000miles. I used Bilstein 4600 Series(Yellow Bodied Shocks/Struts) and yes you have to swap over the components(springs/seats, etc). from the old strut. IMO, It was surprisingly easy and this was my first time dealing with a strut swap on my vehicles. I love Bilstein shocks!

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Just a side note, before removing the spring and seat from the old strut, "index" that is mark the position of the spring to the seat with chalk, or grease pencil, and upon assembly reinstall the spring and seat lining up the marks, that way you are assured the vehicle will sit AS level as it was before the project begins.

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