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Anyone using Bilstein 5160 shocks with resi?

Have a 6 inch ProComp lift on my truck and need new shocks. Replacement Bilstein 5100's are around $95.00 and the 5160's with remote resivor are $195.00. Looking to see if anyone has good experience with them. Cheaper than buying king shocks or dirt logic.

I tow a 15K toy hauler. Seems like having a shock with a resi would be a plus


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I posted asking about them also and came up dry so I went and bought rancho RS9000XL shocks. Got them for 99 a piece and they have a promotion going on through the end of June that if you buy 4 shocks you get a 100 pre-paid visa back. So not bad for 300 bux in the end. The are adjusteable with 9 settings. I have them on the softest setting and the ride is alot smoother. I will turn them up in the front when I plow and if I tow anything heavy all you have to do is spin the knob on the rear shocks up or down. Plus the red shock boots look cool Hahahaha

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Bilstein 5160 shocks for $167 a piece here
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I saw that deal on the Rancho's... I was going to try the Bilstein 5100 but now... Red boots would be sweet!

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I saw that deal on the Rancho's... I was going to try the Bilstein 5100 but now... Red boots would be sweet!
HAHA i was going to get the 5100's but i was looking for a softer ride and heard some people complain about them being too stiff so that why i was moving up to the 5160's that are specifically valved for a SD. but then i thought why am i going to put $800 worth of shocks on a truck that isnt going to be used for jumping and really put to the test on trails and for the salt to tear them up in one year. i put bilstein 5100 steering stabilizer on our 04 dump truck and the shock looks horrible after 1 year of plowing lol

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Thanks for feedback. If I don't get any positive feedback on the Bilstein shocks, I will jump on the Rancho shocks. Both have limited lifetime warranty. Buddy put some Bilstein 5100 on his 7.3 and blew them out after 4 months. He lives on bumpy dirt road and been hauling 2100 lbs of water in rear soaking road to grade it. Imagine them shocks got a real work out with that much weight in rear and no resivor.
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I've ran the 5160's since they came out on my 09 and now on my 06. I love them! I had Icon 2.0's on before with Icon springs and really like how the 5160's are softer then the icons. They work great on the street and like them on the washboards roads at the lake. And another company that uses the 5160 is carli suspension in there back country 2.0 system, valving might be different then regular 5160's but the fact they use them should tell you something. I say go for them!

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You're correct, our valving is proprietary but people LOVE the shocks from out Back Country System. They won't work on a 6" lift as they're for a 4.5" but i will tell you the 5160 are made on the same machine as the 5100. The 5160 are remote reservoirs and will get more travel for a given length than a 5100 as the dividing piston is in the reservoir so the shaft can travel the entire length of the body rather than be limited by the internal reservoir like in the 5100s.

Overall, the main difference is the 5160 get more travel and have a Remote Resi. If these two factors are worth is to you, go for it. We love them because we can custom tune them and that makes all the difference to us. Good luck!
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We have a few customers who have a set, they seem to be impressed by them. If your wanting to go that route though I would get a set that has been valved for that application rather than off the shelf valving.
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HAHA i was going to get the 5100's but i was looking for a softer ride and heard some people complain about them being too stiff so that why i was moving up to the 5160's that are specifically valved for a SD. but then i thought why am i going to put $800 worth of shocks on a truck that isnt going to be used for jumping and really put to the test on trails and for the salt to tear them up in one year. i put bilstein 5100 steering stabilizer on our 04 dump truck and the shock looks horrible after 1 year of plowing lol
I've had the black stockers on my truck for almost 65K miles now, and have been considering an upgrade. Did you notice a big difference with the Rancho upgrade over stock? (Loaded and unloaded)
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