Bilstein shocks often come with the same size mounting eyes on each end. We often get asked “Can I mount them with the shock boot up, does it matter which side is facing up?”
The majority of Bilstein shocks mount with the boot on the top of the shock. Bilstein does have some shocks that do have the boot on the bottom of the shock and the same size mounting eyes on each end. As a general rule with all Bilstein shocks, you should pay attention to the label. Bilstein tech advises that you should always mount your shocks so that the Bilstein logo is right-side up.
Above is Bilstein rear shock 24-186742 for the 1999-2010 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The shock has 14.1 mm mounting eyes on each end. The correct way to install it is with the boot on top and the logo facing the correct way.
Above is Bilstein rear shock 33-187419 for the 2009-2013 Ford F-150. The shock has 12mm eyes on each end, so it could be mounted either way. The correct way to mount it is as shown with the boot down and the label facing so it is not upside down.
So, If you are not sure which way is up on your shocks or wonder if you can mount them either way, always look at the Bilstein logo. If it is upside down, so are your shocks!
So, a sway bar relocation kit is needed only with adjustable coilovers and NON KDSS vehicles. We’ve seen some Tacomas that require a sway bar relocation kit with OME coilovers but they need it because the alignment wasn’t perform properly, camber causes the coilover touch the front sway bar.
Sway bar relocation kits are designed to push the sway bar forward away from the coilover/spring so they don’t make contact
NOTE: 2010+ 4Runners, FJ Cruisers and GX460 NON KDSS equipped will require a radiator support bracket (included with our kits already). The reason why they need the radiator support bracket is because the driver side sway bar is not perfectly symmetrical with the passenger side.
Tacomas will always need a sway bar relocation kit as long as they are using an adjustable coilover
KDSS equipped vehicles DO NOT need the sway bar relocation kit because the sway connects to the lower control arms and is far away from the coilover.