I have 5100 bilsteins with a leveling kit right now and the ride is so much worse than stock. ive ridden in lots of trucks and i dont mind a stiff ride but these are terrible on and off road. Im looking to soften up the ride alot and get a suspension with a comfortable ride.
im looking at the carli starter kit or king shocks all around (link below)
King Shocks Part 25001-222 - OEM Performance Coil Over Shock Kit for 0"-3.5" Lift Kits
thanks for all responses
We use King to manufacture our shocks but the shocks are all Carli. We use a custom length can, custom shaft, custom pintop (to bolt into your stock towers), custom machined/coated piston, then custom tuning. You can only get these from us, not even king sells our proprietary products.
PS I just had a border patrol guy come in and rip those kings out to replace it with our 4.5" coilover system. He describled the ride as less than impressive. I rode in the truck and it was ok, but not as I expected from King.
When it comes down to it, we re-engineer the shock from a buggy shock with great offroad performance into a shock that is engineered to provide the best all around ride for a super duty. Further, we are now producing these in leveling kits for the 05-2012 superduties. You have the option of running our Kings in a 2.5" lift of 4.5".
As for the 5100s, they're a decent shock but definitly entry level. Without the external reservoir, you're limited on travel and tunability. They should be better than stock but definitly won't be up to the duty of our 5160s, 7100s, or King 2.5s.
To clarify, our 5160s are not the same as CT is referencing above; we developed our own proprietary valving to work with our suspension systems. Feel free to pm me of Skyd Ram (George at 8Lug) for further information, clarification or to chat about systems!