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Old 12-10-2011, 08:14 AM
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bilstein shocks?

Looking into buying new shocks soon, seeing as how my rough country POS didn't even last 9 months. I've heard great things about the bilstein 5100's but does anyone know anything about the 5160-5165 remote reservoirs? Lift info is in my sig. Any input is greatly appreciated and I want all opinions too. Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:29 PM
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Has anyone not tried these?
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:26 PM
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I would also like to know. What are the other options?
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:55 PM
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I just ordered the rancho 9000ex for my front end since I never heard anything back on the bilsteins.. the rancho has an adjustable ride control and was $300 shipped. And heard nothing but good reviews for em.
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i love my 5100s.... the ride is 500x better then the stock shocks. have no experance with the remote resivors
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The bilstein 5100's are awesome! Have had a set on truck for a couple of years now and still working strong. The remote reservoirs are for more sever use-age! The reservoirs provide a larger volume to expel heat while actuating I.E extreme off-road or really flexible suspension system!!! If you are just going to be normal street driving probley be just fine with out the reservoirs. But they do look cool mounted up!!!! rancho 9000ex are another good choice, have used them before as well. There are a few other good ones out there but don't think you will be disappointed with your purchase!!!! Good luck!!!!
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The 5100 Series are a great shock. They will also greatly improve the trucks handling. The 5160 are new and are supposed to be a bit softer from what I hear, but we havent had a chance to try them out yet. We have some 5160 shocks in stock and would be willing to sell them to someone at a discounted price if they took some pics and posted their results here.

Bilstein makes a much higher quality shock than Rancho. You will pay more for them, but you will be able to tell the difference in ride quality, handling, and life of the shock.

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We have some 5160 shocks in stock and would be willing to sell them to someone at a discounted price if they took some pics and posted their results here.
How much of a discount are you talking about? I can take pics all day long and as many as you want. In need of new shocks so this might work out for both of us.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:19 PM
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I have the 5160's on front of a 04
5100 rears

Only got about 10k on them so not too much to say on how long they will last. 3 out of 4 that were replaced were shot so ride was much smoother to say the least. Hard to really gauge to be honest, havent had the truck pushing much yet. Only been highway commuting
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Great information on the shocks.
I have a 96 that I pull a 2 car trailer, tag along, usually about 12K loaded.
I wonder if the Bilsteins are a good choice.
I would love to have my truck on air, complete air suspension system.
I have helper air bags in the rear, great for height, does not help to soften the ride,
Any input would be appreciated.
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