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Old 05-31-2011, 06:00 PM
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Finally installed new shocks - Bilstein 5100's

I have been running some really rough factory Rancho shocks on the truck since I dropped it back down. They had over 100K miles on them when I picked them up from a friend, when I lifted his truck.

Anyway, I ordered some Bilstein 5100's from Cary at CT Performance. Fast, smooth transaction, would recommend him to anyone!! They have been sitting in the garage for weeks cause I have been slammed with work. I finally got a chance to put them on today.

I wrestled the front ones for quite a while cause I couldn't get the upper nuts tight because the shaft of the shock kept spinning. I finally contacted Cary and he told me to stick an allen wrench (6mm by the way) in the top of the stem Guess I should have looked them over better before sticking them on the truck lol. So once I had that little bit of info, they tightened right up!! Back ones went on no problem. I have only made a short trip to pick up dinner but they seem to ride good. I'll get some more miles and some rougher terrain on them this week and provide some feedback, but so far I'm VERY happy.

Here are the front shocks I put on:



New front shocks next to the old ones:



These are the rear shocks I installed:



New rear shocks next to the old ones:


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I have 117,000 miles on mine and am wondering what the indicators are of bad shocks. To me it seems to ride just fine but I wouldn't know if was riding poorly or not. How hard was it to this? Is there a way you can check your shocks?
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I have 117,000 miles on mine and am wondering what the indicators are of bad shocks. To me it seems to ride just fine but I wouldn't know if was riding poorly or not. How hard was it to this? Is there a way you can check your shocks?
I burn thru factory shocks in less then two years!! They first start to leak fluid before you truck starts riding like a yo-yo. After two sets of factory crap I am putting in Bilstiens.
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IMO, stock shocks are junk when they are put on at the factory..they are just built to a price..cheapest bidded get the contract. Huge difference between quality shocks and stockers.
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I have those exact same shocks and they are GREAT!
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Those are the shocks I want. I might be buying a set later this summer.
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IMO, stock shocks are junk when they are put on at the factory..they are just built to a price..cheapest bidded get the contract. Huge difference between quality shocks and stockers.
As an installer, do you know if the Bilstiens 5160 can be had for an '05 Excursion which as you know has a leaf front suspension? From Bilstiens web site it sounds like they can be made up for a stock ride height as a custom order. A vast majority of my driving is on back country roads and if I am lucky I get a year and a half out of the crap stock ones. I am not bottoming out at all so I think the shocks are overheating and failing.
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I can get the correct shocks yes, no custom order needed. I'd first fix the stock Ex 4x4 suspension..will make a huge difference..we have everything needed.
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I can get the correct shocks yes, no custom order needed. I'd first fix the stock Ex 4x4 suspension..will make a huge difference..we have everything needed.
Fix the suspension how? Also, where are you located?
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Well I have been driving the truck for a couple of weeks with the new Bilsteins. I have to say, I am pretty disappointed with the rear bilsteins. They seem VERY stiff. Seems like they are too stiff for the rear end of the truck. I don't think I will be leaving these on, and will be exploring other options. The factory ranchos with 100+ miles rode way better than these Bilsteins (rear ones). Wish I wouldn't have thrown them out, because I would be putting the rear ranchos back on.

The fronts seem to be ok, I guess the weight of the motor over them helps. After all the praise I heard about bilsteins, I am definitely let down as far as the rears go. Any suggestions would be great.
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