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ok, i searched and all it showed me was BS threads that didnt deal w/ what i was searchin for. ive got a 3" BL and my shocks are WORN and beat to hell. i see that everyone reccomneds bilsteins and i think the 5100 HD??? what length do i need to get (stock height or bigger?) and where can i get em? i searched 4wheelparts and it showed nother for 4x4 and summit didnt show nething for the ranger... thanks and sry if its been posted.
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You only need stock height - All your body lift does it set the body higher - giving clearance for bigger tires, it doesnt actually change suspension height at all. As for the numbers - I'm not familiar with Bilstein at all, so I couldnt say what youll need on those, I went KYB myself.
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You only need stock height - All your body lift does it set the body higher - giving clearance for bigger tires, it doesnt actually change suspension height at all. As for the numbers - I'm not familiar with Bilstein at all, so I couldnt say what youll need on those, I went KYB myself.

what he said.

except bilstein makes on extremly awesome shock. go for it. stock height though
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yea, im def goin w/ bilsteins even if they cost a lil bit more. i just dk which would be the best one to get
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I have some stock FX4 shocks that only have like 15k on them. they are gas charged and i think they are bilsteins. PM me if you are interested
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I found the stock Bilstein FX4 LII shocks to be a little soft. They work great on the street but are marginal for off-road. When I switched to the Bilstein BE5-2794-HO (front) and BE5-2795-HO (rear), I was much happier with them but they are noticeably stiffer on things like speed bumps.
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I found the stock Bilstein FX4 LII shocks to be a little soft. They work great on the street but are marginal for off-road. When I switched to the Bilstein BE5-2794-HO (front) and BE5-2795-HO (rear), I was much happier with them but they are noticeably stiffer on things like speed bumps.
are those the 5100 HD shocks?
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What's 5100HD?

I know of 5100's and 5125's and 5150's with extra resevoir....
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i saw someone on here call them that. i guess theyre just 5100s. which ones you got trevor?
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I have 5125's with 11in of travel (18in collapsed, 29.5in extended). They won't do you much good without at least a SuperLift or RCD. But I have them for sale for $50 +shipping.
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how many miles on them and will they be ok on a BL truck???
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how many miles on them and will they be ok on a BL truck???
They're probably too long for your truck, they're meant for susp. lifted trucks.
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You'd have lots of down travel, but very limited up travel. They've got 30k on them. Retracted at the same exact speed as my brand new ones so I know there's nothing wrong with them. They last a great while.

It's up to you if you wanna run them. They'll be great for street, but don't tuck any tires at all... You'll bottom the shock out if you do. Just letting you know before hand. Let me know if you want em.
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ill prolly just get new ones for stock ride height just to play it safe
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are those the 5100 HD shocks?
No, the BE5-2794-HO (front) and BE5-2795-HO (rear) are for stock 4WD ride height.
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ok thanks for the info
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Flexing w/ KYB Monomax - The ride is stiff as all getup, but the downtravel is amazing.. and keeps your tires planted on the ground - add the KYB with a set of Traction bars, and its a nice get-off from a start if you push the throttle real good

Rear tire is hanging 2 inches off the ground, and the driver side rear is 100% stuffed with my 33x12.5's..

This is -right- after my lift and never fixed the bumper/exhaust - right now its all fixed up with rear hitch and aux lights and all that, so it looks much better now


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interesting... cheaper than bilsteins??? i havent heard nething bad about them
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KYB and Bilstein walk hand in hand in the truck suspension world :-) Both are as good as the other, jsut determines what your preference is; KYB Monomax are much definitely a harsher ride - but it makes up for it in its offroad capability - Bilstein are much safer on the *** end, and work well offroad, but they wont keep you as planted as the rock hard Monomax =)
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nice. any idea where to buy?
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i was lookin on KYBs e-store and theres one choice for the front and 2 different ones for the rear. by the looks of it, one rear is for stock and the other is for lifted. do you not need a diff shock up front for a lift?? and #s are front: 561001 and rear: 565063
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20 bux cheaper on summit. i think imma buy some when i get back from FL
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i just got a local quote from the same place that i got my wheels/tires from. all i have to say is DAYUM! total for summit after shipping for 2front/2rear and shipping is $229.75. total from local after taxes is $356.16! thats a $126.41 difference. its crazy how much cheaper stuff is online, im all for supporting local business but wow. if it was only like a $20 difference id buy local, but over a hundred... no way in hell
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I just ordered some KYB gas-a-just shocks for all 4 corners. Mono-tube baby!

Back ordered on summit by 1 month. Can't wait to get them in. I will install them the same time I install a 3" spindle, and 4" lift in the back.

$40/shock was the deciding factor, plus I definately wanted a mono-tube.
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