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Bilstein 5100s vs Fox 2.0

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I know this has probably been covered, but my search results didn't give me what I was looking for. I'm canning the factory ranchos for a new shock. I'm hoping to soften things up a bit. I do plan on going to 295/70/18 Cooper S/T Maxx on some 18x9 inch wheels with a -12 offset. I plan on keeping the stock height as I do tow around 10-12k pretty often. I have the airlift 5000 bags so I'm not worried about the softness of the shocks while towing unless I'm missing something. I'm looking at the Bilsteins or Fox 2.0 and just wondering what would give the best ride. This is my daily driver but does see some off road getting out to hunt and fish. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Fox will be the best ride. But also cost $500+ vs $325 ish for the Bilsteins. Bilstein shocks will be a bit firm but also very controlled. Bilsteins might have the upper hand for towing, Fox for offroad and daily driving.
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I had the Bilsteins on 2 different vehicles and each time the corroded horribly in a month and also both vehicles the rubber bushings were cracking allowing the shock to rattle in the mount.

Garbage shocks - stiff too.

I have the Fox 2.0 now and they have gone through this salty *** winter with zero corrosion.

I wouldn't expect any big ride improvement from justbshicks like some claim. From RC to Crapstein to these Fox 2.0 isn't barely noticeable if at all comfort wise with the exception if the stiff jarring with the Bilsteins.



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I was afraid that shocks wouldn't make that big of a difference. I'm hoping that tires will.

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Just replacing shocks and not the springs isn't a night and day difference in my opinion. I'm currently commuting in a '14 F250 with Fox replacement shocks and am very much looking forward to swapping on a Carli kit.


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I have looked at that time and time again. I really don't want to change the stance or ride height though. I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too.

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What air pressure do you run your tires at?
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65 all the way around. I'm still on the stock michelins and want to lower them, but can't stand the tire light. There was a post a while back on a chalk test to find the right air pressure. If I wasn't all Apple I'd use FORScan to lower the dummy light values. When I get my new tires I may chalk test them and try around 45-50 PSI. I just hate having to fill them up to tow.

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I have looked at that time and time again. I really don't want to change the stance or ride height though. I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too.
You'll notice a slightly better ride with a set of Fox 2.0's but without changing springs/increasing travel it won't be huge. Larger tires with "proper" tire pressure should help a bit as well.


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i bet you can get stock height springs from cali/icon/bds/etc that can improve your ride...

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