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Bilstein Shock choices

First before someone tries to flame. I have done my search and it has turned up nothing.

I really would like to go with a bilstein shock but the decision is dual 5100, dual 5150's or single 5165.
Background: I will be installing a used procomp stage 2 kit, along with porbably deavers in the rear. I use it for my dd but I do want the best shock for the money for my go fast.
I am leaning toward the dual 5150's. What do you guys think?

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First before someone tries to flame. I have done my search and it has turned up nothing.

I really would like to go with a bilstein shock but the decision is dual 5100, dual 5150's or single 5165.
Background: I will be installing a used procomp stage 2 kit, along with porbably deavers in the rear. I use it for my dd but I do want the best shock for the money for my go fast.
I am leaning toward the dual 5150's. What do you guys think?
I know that with the SAS crowd, 5150's are almost always the favorites... Not sure about the gofast tho.
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I know that with the SAS crowd, 5150's are almost always the favorites... Not sure about the gofast tho.
Yea my biggest dilema is whether to spend about on just the front 300 for dual 5100's, 400 for dual 5150's, or about 400 for single 5165's. Tough decisions!

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I would suggest dual 5100s, they have a specific fitment that is valved correctly for a 4"-6" lift. I ran that for a while before upgrading to coilovers, and honestly, never had a single issue, they worked fantastic, and are not super expensive.

When you get into the 5150 and 5165, your spending more to convert to the eye let top, looking for the exact fit, blah blah blah.

One other thing, the 5100s have great resale value, so if you decide to later upgrade to something else, 9 out of 10 times, you will get some good cashola back for them on the forums.

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I ran dual 5150's up front and it worked very well. On each side, I ran one with the stiffer valving and one with the softer valving, and it seemed to be just about right (I was using coils from a 6-inch Skyjacker kit at the time).

Whatever model you choose, Bilstein is a good choice. When I switched over to coilovers, I continued to utilize Bilstein for my shock needs.

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One other thing, the 5100s have great resale value, so if you decide to later upgrade to something else, 9 out of 10 times, you will get some good cashola back for them on the forums.
You make a really good point. I don't think that i would ever convert to coilovers that's why i kinda feel like i should do it once and right.

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so what model 5100's would you run for a 6" on our broncos? got any part numbers?

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so what model 5100's would you run for a 6" on our broncos? got any part numbers?
I would really like this info to.
Every website I have checked with, including here I have yet to come up with the primary and auxillary shocks #'s for 5100's with 6" lift
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I suggest you PM or call Mark at Southwest Performance, he uses Bilsteins and can help you make an informed choice. (not that any of our illustrous forum buddies cannot help you)
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if it were me and the idea is to do it right the first time, id just jump it up to some 2.5" resis. Now, that does open up a whole new problem of getting them mounted but depending on your fabrication skills or contacts/resources that may or may not be a big issue. The real advantage of these is being able to easily adjust your valving. The 5100's are awesome and the 5150s are even better but they can never hope to perform better than a prperly valved 2.5 smoothbody resi. Ive used FOA in the past several times now for my personal trucks and some customers and always liked them a lot and the price is incredible. Two 10in 2.5 resis with all upgrade options is $424 plus shipping so there isnt that much more cost for the shocks themselves. Being rebuildable, theoretically they can be the last set of shocks you will ever need barring catastrophic failure and whatnot
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just my 0.02 and with bilstein you cant really loose unless you buy the worng ones
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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.
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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.
I really like the idea of having something that will bolt right onto my stock shock tower, but I do want to have something that will still perform well for the money. If I go with the 5160's in front and 5150's out back, then it will be the same as dual 5150's up front, or even a single 2.5 foa. although with the FOA I will have to build a shock tower. I will be mostly streeting it and I will be installing a 6" procomp drop bracket that I will be beefing up the drop brackets as well so I am completely lost on what route I should go with shocks. My limit on shocks total for all 4 corners is roughly about 600 per the wifey.

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I would go with the Dual 5150s up front on the 6" lift. These will offer a good level of comfort and will react well when your pushing the vehicle hard. The price tag should be around $600 for 6 5150's.
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I would go with the Dual 5150s up front on the 6" lift. These will offer a good level of comfort and will react well when your pushing the vehicle hard. The price tag should be around $600 for 6 5150's.
Thats what I am leaning toward the more and more I think about it. My only concern would be limiting travel with a stock coil bucket. What kind of travel is possible out of those shocks?

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I would go with the Dual 5150s up front on the 6" lift. These will offer a good level of comfort and will react well when your pushing the vehicle hard. The price tag should be around $600 for 6 5150's.
Which 5150's would you recommend for the rear? I see in the 11-12" travel range they have 170/60 or 255/70. Which would you go with coupled with some deavers? I would think the 170/60 to keep the rear from bucking, but I'm not the expert

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Go with the 255/70 on the rear for the 5150's.
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I hate to dig this up again...and maybe I missed it even though I've read this thread several times.....

For the 6" lift (or "around" 6 inch lift using Deaver J40s), what part number 5150 will I need for the rear?

I'm hoping that between new Deavers (replacing Superlift coils and stock rear leaves w/blocks) and some Bilstein 5150s, my truck will no longer ride like a covered wagon.

I mean, this isn't my first lifted 'wheeler...I come from the Jeep world....but damn this thing rides like shit from the combo of stiff springs, worn out factory springs with a block and some shitty worn out Superlift shocks.

Anyways, if anybody knows that part number for the rear 5150s (for a 6" lift), could you please post 'em?

Thank you, and this place is always a wealth of good info.

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The rear shocks that minihorns recommended, which I would agree with, would be 25-101874. The softer ones are 25-186277. Both of these are 12" travel shocks.

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