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So I’m looking at getting new shocks for 2007 5.9 and I’m thinking the Bilstien 5100 but I’ve heard mixed reviews some say they are the best shocks, others say they are fairly rough. The truck has a 3.5 inch lift and I don’t tow much with it. Was wondering what your guys thoughts on the 5100s and how there lasting or what else would be a good shock.

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I had them, they lasted about a year. Now I have had Rancho 9000's for a few years still going strong and they are adjustable!
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I've been wondering the same, mine needs them as well. I was looking at OEM-quality replacements on Rock Auto. Much cheaper options there than aftermarket "performance" shocks that might or might not work any better.

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Bilstein and fox are our number one sellers. We get more requests for fox shocks. I love how the fox shocks ride and look. Lots of different options that you can choose from as well.

I prefer fox as they seem to have a little bit better towing capacity and smoother ride. Most of my customers say the same as well but every truck is different and these are just my own opinion.

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I have them on there now, granted a used set from years back that have been sitting on the shelf waiting for the call... they show signs of being worn with a tad bit of bounce over speed bumps. Become sticks off road and are not usable. Best setup I had was the kings with thuren 2" springs... after that, the cheap shock experiment last year gave me awesome off road performance however they did not last (expected), but did give a near SUV like ride on the hiway. Considering going back to the RS9000's up front (still running them in the rear and they are fine).

Bilstein 5100's again for me?... nope, never.
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I've had both 5100's and Fox 2.0 now. They are pretty close but I'm leaning toward Fox as my preferred choice. Fox had a more soft or a bit plush ride compared to the 5100. Bilstein does make good shocks and they lasted me awhile.
Although, I wouldn't rule out Carli shocks. I'm curious as I'm hearing good things from a select few but not enough to draw a conclusion.
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I’ve had the fox 2.0’s and currently the 5100’s and I’ll honestly never buy the 5100’s again. They’re way too stiff. Truck rode way better with the fox’s

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To each their own, you're about to get 50 opinions on them here. On my 3rd set of them now and cant rave enough about them. If you don't need them right away, you'll often find many deals on them which throw in the 5100 Steering Stabilizer too!

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Has anyone tried Bilstein B6 4600's? Rock Auto lists them as heavy duty OEM replacements.



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Bilstiens were to rough for me but I havenít ran them for 4 years or so. A better option would be the fox signature series, there a step down from the 2.0ís but still a great shock.

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I'm running the Bilststein 5100's on my 05 3500. No problems with them but they are a bit stiff. As long as you're not towing or hauling heavy, you can drop your tire pressure a bit and get a pretty good ride out of them. If you are towing or hauling and air your tires up to max, you'll appreciate the extra stability from stiffer shocks. I've hauled some pretty heavy loads of firewood (full to the top of the racks) on uneven/off-camber logging roads. Definitely didn't need any extra body roll or sway. Mine are very usable off-road (on soft roads) with the right tire pressure. I just hate those parking lot speed bumps when I hit them going a little to fast.

These threads come up a few times a month and the usual recommendations are Bilstein, Carli, Fox, Kings and Ranchos. I've run the Ranchos in several other applications. Love having the ability to adjust the ride. Didn't like having to replace (under warranty) the three that leaked.

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Does Fox have shocks for 2wd trucks?

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