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I thought I should chime in on this one since its right up my alley. The best decision dependends on wether or not it is a 4" or 6" lift. We have a great set up for a 4" lift for 5100's but not for a 6"....(In the 5100 Series, we never produced a specific 5100 for the auxillery shock.) Same is true for the 5150's.....we have a great set up for a 6" lift but not the 4". So here are the part numbers that we would recommend for factory duals. For the 4" w/ factory duals use 5100 Series (standard position) 24-185523 & (Auxillery) 24-186513. For the 5150's on a 6" lift use (standard position) 25-186291 & (Auxillery) 25-101966. When using the 5150's, please remember that you need to purchase the stem mount, part#192228.

A single 5160 would also be a great choice.....it will yeild a more compliant, softer ride then either of dual setups....with that said, it will be a little soft when pushed hard. For a single 5160 in the standard location, use part# 25-177497 for a 4" Lift and part# 25-177473 for a 6 lift.
if i'm stock height right now, can i get way with getting the 4" lift size and get the lift later? is there enough travel to get away with it or should i get the 4" with the billy's and knock it out all at once? wouldn't i need to change out my radius arms too?
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The only problem you would run into, which could be a pretty bad problem, would be bottoming them out. Even on the street you might be able to bottom them out. If you get a lift make sure you don't waste your time and effort and get some extended radius arms! They are worth it in the long run for sure! Read some of the budget buildups in the broncospeed section if you are are working on a tight budget.

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Im no specialist but I run a tuff country bracket set with deaver F64C's and single 8.5" Travel | 255/70 | 5150's with JKS eyelet adapters. Even with the 8.5 travel shocks I get about 10.5 to 11.5 wheel travel with short arms. They ride amazing also and even with jumping the truck (with the 4.9 and the winch added more weight than a more common v8) and I've yet to bottom the 5150s

3" Lift SAS whaaattttt???? I'm that guy.
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Quick question for da shock guys. Do bilstein 7100s come charged if new from factory??
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How would 10" FOA 2" resi coilovers with a single spring mounted in the rear shock bracket on the radius arm work? They would be closer to 12" travel back there and are only 500 or so with coils. They would also fit under the shock coil bucket making mounting them much simpler.
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whats the diff between auxiliary and non for the front shocks?

think about it. seriously.

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I know this is an old thread, but I am hoping to breath a little life into it for some advice... Anyone run the 5160's with a 4" lift? Thoughts???? Some good black friday deals going on right now and I am close to pulling the trigger... Thanks
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bilstein 5165 rear valving with j40 deavers? front single?

im wanting to run the bikstein 5165 shocks rear with deaver j40s right now i have 11" travel white body doesch techs and front is skyjacker 6" doesch techs, i wana go to a single in front but idk what valving to get considering i have an extra 500 lbs up front cuz of the cummins, im also gunna do the bronco air stud mount elininator bracket up front, truck is a daily/tow rig wheeling 5 or 6 timea a year on mostly tock crawling conditions

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Quick question for da shock guys. Do bilstein 7100s come charged if new from factory??
I just got a set of 7100's. The factory precharges them to 250 psi.

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Oh, and forgot to mention. If you want custom valving, be prepared to wait 6-8 weeks. I got 360/80 for the front and 275/78 for the rear. Bilstien had them in stock and got to my door in 4 days. I bought the last two 14" travel schraeder's, more won't be available for 6 weeks. They had a few of the reservoir shocks though.

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What an noob... I answered a question from three years ago

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Sorry about bringing back an old thread but I am looking at getting the superflex 5.5" kit from JBG and was wondering what part numbers I would need to consider for the Bilstein shocks. I assume dual 5100 series would be ideal but not positive. Any insight you can provide?
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Sorry about bringing back an old thread but I am looking at getting the superflex 5.5" kit from JBG and was wondering what part numbers I would need to consider for the Bilstein shocks. I assume dual 5100 series would be ideal but not positive. Any insight you can provide?
By dual 5100's do you mean 2 per side? If so, that seems like a waste of money. You could get a single 5165 or 7100 for the same or less money, have it valved for your application and be better off. I have only driven mine once since I installed the 5165's and all I can say is wow.. They are amazing. I went with 360/80 valving in the front of my 78.


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Yes, 4 5100 series shocks is what I meant but I don't mind exposing that I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject. What is the best way to determine the numbers that are best for your application (e.g. Travel, collapsed, extended, valving)
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Yes, 4 5100 series shocks is what I meant but I don't mind exposing that I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject. What is the best way to determine the numbers that are best for your application (e.g. Travel, collapsed, extended, valving)
Those four are critical when choosing the shocks you want. The spring rate you have on your coils and leafs will also play into what you want. Looking back you are getting stiff springs (superlift) that are intended to do one thing. That is to elevate your Bronco 4" or 6". There are other lifts out there that will provide you with a lift and also provide you with a nice ride.

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Those four are critical when choosing the shocks you want. The spring rate you have on your coils and leafs will also play into what you want. Looking back you are getting stiff springs (superlift) that are intended to do one thing. That is to elevate your Bronco 4" or 6". There are other lifts out there that will provide you with a lift and also provide you with a nice ride.

http://www.bilsteinus.com/fileadmin/...g_2015_web.pdf
x2... If you get shocks that will work with your current springs, they may not work well if you ever decide to go to deavers. I will tell you right now that I just made the switch from Skyjacker "SoftRides" to Deavers w/ Bilstein 5165's at 360/80 valving and so far am VERY happy with it. There is not a leaf sprung chevy in 100 sq/miles that rides this good.
My suggestions, spend the $200 on the Deaver coils and get some nice shocks and reap the benefits. Even on stock radius arms, the ride will be the same just with less travel.


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Those four are critical when choosing the shocks you want. The spring rate you have on your coils and leafs will also play into what you want. Looking back you are getting stiff springs (superlift) that are intended to do one thing. That is to elevate your Bronco 4" or 6". There are other lifts out there that will provide you with a lift and also provide you with a nice ride.

http://www.bilsteinus.com/fileadmin/...g_2015_web.pdf
As I understand it the super flex kit from JBG are the deaver springs (coil and leaf). At least this is what I have read on the forum in multiple topics. Do I have that wrong? That was kind of my basis on going with that specific kit so I guess I am on the right track. if it were the deaver package would you have a suggestion on the valving if I were to use this for mild to medium wheeling with some 50% on road use (this is not my daily driver, but occasionally I like to drive it out and about). I apologize for the back and forth but you seem to have some useful information.
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As I understand it the super flex kit from JBG are the deaver springs (coil and leaf). At least this is what I have read on the forum in multiple topics. Do I have that wrong? That was kind of my basis on going with that specific kit so I guess I am on the right track. if it were the deaver package would you have a suggestion on the valving if I were to use this for mild to medium wheeling with some 50% on road use (this is not my daily driver, but occasionally I like to drive it out and about). I apologize for the back and forth but you seem to have some useful information.
You are correct on the Deaver package. With that you can still get a good ride out of the 5100's. I ran a similar package (Deavers) with 5100's and loved it. Downfall of deaver leafs is they sag if you load the rear down and tend to be highly priced. I've become a wildhorses guy and their products. They are lower cost higher quality parts (imo). The cheap white bodied shocks will not please you, get a good quality shock like bilsteins or even the skyjacker m95's. You will want to look for a bilstein with valving of 255/70. That is the valving used for the Bronco specific shocks. Just wait until you get the lift installed and measure for travel before you order. Not all companies measure valving so the numbers could vary.

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To get proper valving it is best to call them and give the tech your info. Valving will be different from shock model to model and same holds true brand to brand. Valving is very specific.
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