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Old 05-05-2011, 01:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bilstein vs KYB Shocks

Im putting a leveling spacer on my truck and have heard its a good idea to install new shocks while its apart..Trying to decide between the bilstein 5100s and the kyb 'gas adjust"

The 5100s are made for trucks with a 2in lift in the front and I believe the KYBs are made for stock height so my question is does the longer bilstein shocks actually make a difference in this situation or would the KYBs work just fine?

If anyone has any experience with these any input would be much appreciated. My truck is a daily driver used mainly for highway so Im looking more for the best ride quality

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I have bilsteins on both of my trucks and I love them. I think the bilsteins will ride a bit better than the KYBs
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I have run both, and both are good shocks but the bilstiens are better, and with stock length shocks and a 2inch spacer, your right at the limit of travel, too big a bump will hyper extend the shock, and of course ruin it.

as a test after your leveling block is in, drop the shock i the hole, instal lower bolt, now instal upper shock tower, with the shock fully extended you can see or measure the distance between the lower part of the tower and the frame, you will be lucky to see 2inches of room, that will pretty much convince you to go with the longer shock

kyb does not improve the ride as much as bilestein does
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Bilstein all the way..PS:my shocks were so rusted that I hat to cut em to remove em..botl was seized..even with a torch
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I have bilsteins on both of my trucks and I love them. I think the bilsteins will ride a bit better than the KYBs
How do those bilsteins ride? I was worried that since there designed for off road theyd be rough going down the road
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