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Bilsteins and Superlift? Help!

I'm getting my superlift installed next week...

I want to go with bilstein shocks, and I need to know what you guys use.

Does bilstein make longer shocks with that little rod on the underside of the shock? Do I have to rig something?

Is it a bilstein 5125? Help?!

Other performance shocks will work too....I just need to know how to get a new shock with the extra 4''.
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Can't help ya, but if you want to part with your OEM shocks I may be interested...
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go with bilstein 5150s. killer ride



or...

call superlift and ask them how long their shocks are. get extended and compressed length. and then get the bilsteins to match. if you cant get a hold of anyone that can give you info on it then ill measure for you on saturday. my superlift shocks will be coming off so ill measure for you. let me know.
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everything you need to know in one thread, read up

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...cks-stuff.html
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Get your lift and new shocks and then trade me trucks, then find out why your new truck is squeaking and rattling while you drive and especially when you brake, then you fix it and we trade back.
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I'm running the same 5100's that come with the RCD kits in my rear.

In regards to the front, Rangers have a weird mounting system for the shocks.....stud to eye w/ bracket. I was playing with the idea of running eye to eye 5100's up front, using a jeep shock conversion up top, then pressing out those brackets from a set of stock shocks, and pressing that bracket into the eye of the 5100.

There's a guy here with an orange double lifted truck with flared fenders....running a superlift and those bilstein heavy dutys up front....used like a stock block motified to drop the top of the shock down to compensate for the lowered a arm mount.
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I'm running the same 5100's that come with the RCD kits in my rear.

In regards to the front, Rangers have a weird mounting system for the shocks.....stud to eye w/ bracket. I was playing with the idea of running eye to eye 5100's up front, using a jeep shock conversion up top, then pressing out those brackets from a set of stock shocks, and pressing that bracket into the eye of the 5100.

There's a guy here with an orange double lifted truck with flared fenders....running a superlift and those bilstein heavy dutys up front....used like a stock block motified to drop the top of the shock down to compensate for the lowered a arm mount.
ya im going to be doing the same, havent came up with a def way of doing the lower mount but im going to use that jeep conversion thing for the top and get some resi's.....only prob is i need some money
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So essentially there is nothing bolt on, with the exception of the superlift shocks? I'll probably just get the superlift shocks and use those so i can get this thing done, then figure something out later.

Will 2WD edge shocks mount the same? I found these...

4 Bilstein Shocks 98-05 Ford Ranger 2WD w/ 3-6" lift:eBay Motors (item 330332452373 end time Jun-21-09 09:49:41 PDT)
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Can i press out the little bracket off my OEM shocks and press them into the bushing of a new shock?
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So essentially there is nothing bolt on, with the exception of the superlift shocks? I'll probably just get the superlift shocks and use those so i can get this thing done, then figure something out later.

Will 2WD edge shocks mount the same? I found these...

4 Bilstein Shocks 98-05 Ford Ranger 2WD w/ 3-6" lift:eBay Motors (item 330332452373 end time Jun-21-09 09:49:41 PDT)
2wd edge mounts the same...the kicker is the length. The bottom of the shock must be mounted to the a-arm to clear the CV. The top is the one you an play with. I was thinking about a square tube bolted to the shock bucket, then bolt the top of the shock to the square tube. Using stock length 2wd EDGE 5100's, since Bilstein makes them.

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Can i press out the little bracket off my OEM shocks and press them into the bushing of a new shock?
Should...I havnt been successful, of course...i never used a press...just a socket and a hammer. lol.
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So shane, will those shocks i linked work or not? They are for 3''-6'' lift
If they say they're for a 2WD edge, they should have the bracket with them right?

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Believe so....but I am concerned about them being for a spindle lifted truck.....aka stock shock length.


I vote get 'em! Make the fronts work!!



OH! note: I assume those shocks are for a COIL SPRING 2wd....they have the same style mounting as the 4x4's and 2wd EDGEs......the shocks stock length are shorter than the torsion bar trucks. I assume the fronts linked will work for a STOCK torsion bar truck, not a 4" lifted torsion bar truck using drop brackets....add a drop bracket up top, and I believe they'll work.

Would be nice if that auction listed part numbers...that way you can see what Bilstein says it's designed for.
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I figured why make it more complicated than needed. Since no wheel travel is gained with the sl kit dropping the top of a stock length shock seems fine.

As mentioned I used stock rear blocks, works fine for me.
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Shock extensions should work too, just make sure you get the right thread.



The bumpstops catch before the shock bottoms, and if you are worried about over extension you can add limit straps.
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