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Old November 11th, 2004, 11:53 PM
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i've got a pair of bilstien 7100 I want to put on the rear axle. I have the rovertym upper and lower mounts as well. My question is should there be something on the mounting bolts to center the eyes? Right now they can move back and forth on the bolts.
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Old November 12th, 2004, 12:38 AM
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There should be spacers that go on both sides of the heim joints. I believe mine came with the shocks. Also, the spacers need have to have the right OD (not too large) so they don't limit the motion of the heim.
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Old November 12th, 2004, 10:46 AM
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Ahh.Thanks. I'll look for the spacers.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 08:55 PM
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Did you ever find some spacers that work? I'm coming up on this situation in the near future too.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 09:25 AM
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Had some aluminum ones made.
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You could also switch to poly bushings instead of heims..
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Old November 18th, 2008, 10:36 AM
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You could also switch to poly bushings instead of heims..
why?
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Old November 18th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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I went with poly bushings right away when doing my 7100s, the reason I chose them over the heims were due to tons of people reporting the fact that the heims would fail fast, got noisy and very uncomfortable. I've had the poly bushings on for about 10k miles now between on road and off road, and they have been real nice.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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My 7100's have been on the truck for over 6 yrs and 60K miles, and the original heims are still fine. But that's just one data point (actually 4) so YMMV.
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I had the heims in for year or so and they started to give way. lots of little clicking noises. I think it really depends on the conditions that you drive in when you wheel the truck. I did a lot of snow and water, sandy deep water and mud driving and I think the sand and water killed the heims quicker than dry dessert or rock driving. I switched to the poly bushings and have been good so far. Plus if those start to go they are easy to change out.
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Good tips guys, thanks! I'll go with the heims and if they wear out quickly, I'll know that I can then switch them out for bushings at that point.
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