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Lift shocks

So i finally was able to get a 4 inch lift. The problem is that it does not come with back shocks. I am planning on only doing a shackle flip until i can get a new set of rear springs. What is a good place to get a new set of rear shocks? The lift is only 4 inches Just need some good recommendations. thanks
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I would recommend Bilstein, as they have a good reputation on the forum. Also, Im not sure if they're sold in lifted formats, but KYBs also sound good from what I've heard, and I bought a set of the Gas-A-Just monotube models for my unlifted truck

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Bilstein. They have a direct fit for a 4 inch lift for Bronco's. I just installed a set with my 2.5 inch lift. Rides almost better than stock. Ebay was the cheapest price at $67ea no tax free shipping.
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I'm getting ready to drop my new rig from 6" to 4" and I picked up the Bilstein too.
they're about $7 more apiece but from everything I've read here over the years, they should be worth it.

I had mine drop shipped from 4WP but we have one an hours drive away and I wanted to be certain I had a local resource if there were any issues.
Not that I've heard of any... I'm just weird like that, sometimes.


Are you planning to actually flip the existing shackles for a temporary fix or are you installing something like the sky-shackle-flip brackets?
to do the existing, cheap flip... you'll be drilling your frame. do you plan to haul a lot of heavy stuff in the Bronco? I ask because everything I've read and @RicoBronco used the leafs and everyone seems to think they're a pretty damn stiff ride. I went with a used set of sky-shackle brackets to maintain the oem ride quality and it doesn't hurt that they'll mount right up where the old rivets were. They're not incredibly expensive either... compared to the stiff, leaf option.

just some food for thought. we could always use a fresh write-up on the install, if you're cool with that. I plan to document mine here but I'm just dropping from a 6" to a 4" so there will be some significant differences from a stock lift write-up.
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Bilstein. They have a direct fit for a 4 inch lift for Bronco's. I just installed a set with my 2.5 inch lift. Rides almost better than stock. Ebay was the cheapest price at $67ea no tax free shipping.
^^^What he said^^^


I just ordered a set of Bilstein 5100 series shocks for the front with 4" lift.

Will be ordering the same for the rear as well.

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The part number for the Bilstein 5100 rear shock for the 4" lift is 24-185530. It is the direct match for the front shocks you have which are 24-185523 (main) and 24-186513 (aux). These are the shocks Bilstein specs for a 4" lift on a FSB.


The catalog is here

They are available from Amazon for $67 Bilstein 24-185530 5100


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The part number for the Bilstein 5100 rear shock for the 4" lift is 24-185530. It is the direct match for the front shocks you have which are 24-185523 (main) and 24-186513 (aux). These are the shocks Bilstein specs for a 4" lift on a FSB.


The catalog is here

They are available from Amazon for $67 Bilstein 24-185530 5100


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I'm getting ready to drop my new rig from 6" to 4" and I picked up the Bilstein too.

they're about $7 more apiece but from everything I've read here over the years, they should be worth it.



I had mine drop shipped from 4WP but we have one an hours drive away and I wanted to be certain I had a local resource if there were any issues.

Not that I've heard of any... I'm just weird like that, sometimes.





Are you planning to actually flip the existing shackles for a temporary fix or are you installing something like the sky-shackle-flip brackets?

to do the existing, cheap flip... you'll be drilling your frame. do you plan to haul a lot of heavy stuff in the Bronco? I ask because everything I've read and @RicoBronco used the leafs and everyone seems to think they're a pretty damn stiff ride. I went with a used set of sky-shackle brackets to maintain the oem ride quality and it doesn't hurt that they'll mount right up where the old rivets were. They're not incredibly expensive either... compared to the stiff, leaf option.



just some food for thought. we could always use a fresh write-up on the install, if you're cool with that. I plan to document mine here but I'm just dropping from a 6" to a 4" so there will be some significant differences from a stock lift write-up.


I've never heard of sky shackle flip. If you could point me in the right direction, that'd be great. My phone won't let me check out ricobronco's page


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Mind if I ask who's 2.5" lift did you use?
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Bilstein. They have a direct fit for a 4 inch lift for Bronco's. I just installed a set with my 2.5 inch lift. Rides almost better than stock. Ebay was the cheapest price at $67ea no tax free shipping.
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On the front Bilstein 5100s; what are the two different colored sleeves for?

I thought they were spacers but when I slipped one over the upper shaft I noticed there was no room for the locknut after sliding on the rubber bumper/washers .

If I use one rubber bumper and both washers, the locknut would fit fine.


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Dumb query:
On the front Bilstein 5100s; what are the two different colored sleeves for?

I thought they were spacers but when I slipped one over the upper shaft I noticed there was no room for the locknut after sliding on the rubber bumper/washers .

If I use one rubber bumper and both washers, the locknut would fit fine.
Anybody know?
The little black spacer is for another application and doesn't apply to our Broncos. Just ignore it and move on.
It should be the exact same setup as your previous shocks...the two rubber insulators surrounded by the metal caps.
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Mind if I ask who's 2.5" lift did you use?
Tuff country performance lift. Just as a warning, it is one of the most complex installations for a lift out there for a 2.5 inch lift. Mostly due to the fact that the kit includes front axel new pivot brackets and new extended radius arms that bolt to the bottom of the frame eliminating any tire rub for most applications.

The kit # is 22814K. You also need an add a leaf to level out the truck, the blocks don't work that well IMO. I went with the Procom add a leaf 1.5-2.5 inch lift with new U-Bolts. It was about a 30 hour job...
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The little black spacer is for another application and doesn't apply to our Broncos. Just ignore it and move on.
It should be the exact same setup as your previous shocks...the two rubber insulators surrounded by the metal caps.
Awesome to know .


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