Ford Bilsteins vs Bilstein shocks.
I have heard various possible differences between the Bilstein shocks form Ford and the shocks as Bilstein supplies them. I finally bought a set of shocks from Bilstein and can tell you the differences I have experienced so far.
The first thing I noticed is the Bilstein shocks are slightly firmer than the Ford Bilsteins. For the most part on the road there is not that much difference but you can feel more of the little bumps with the Bilstein shocks.
I now have to take short, speed bumps either slightly faster or slower; than I did before; to get over them comfortably. There are a set of speed bumps that I go over every day on the way home from work. I use to take them at 20 mph with the Ford Bilsteins and that worked well. I tried that speed with the Bilstein shocks and I could feel a definite jolt. I took them at 15 mph and that worked better. The next day I took them at 25 mph and that seemed to work OK too.
The most improvement I have experienced so far with the Bilstein shock is the almost complete loss of axle wrap when letting out on the clutch from a stop. With the Ford Bilsteins I always had that axle wrap under most conditions when taking off from a stop. I thought it would take more than different shocks to make it go away.
I have always thought the Ford Bilsteins were a little to soft for my kind of off-road driving. I think these new Bilsteins will fix that problem just fine. I will let you know when I get the chance to get out in the dirt again.
BTW, the Ford Bilstein shocks held up very well for 95,000 miles. They were starting to show very slight symptoms of wear and would have probably have been fine for many more thousands of miles. I like my shocks to be perfect and wanted something a little firmer so I made the decision to install new ones. I am glad I did.
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