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Unread 09-10-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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Bilstein 4600 vs 5100

Ok, so I'm running in circles concerning what I want to do. I'm replacing my 200k shocks on my stock suspension. I want to go with Bilsteins (I think). My options:

1) 5100 + 1.5" BB (possibly 2" but that might be pushing it)
2) 4600 stock
3) 4600 with small (1" - 1.5") BB <-- is this even doable?

I guess the question is coming down to the ride difference between the 4600 and the 5100. Has anyone ridden both and noticed a difference?

As mentioned in my other threads: 85% on Hwy, 15% on "forest roads" usually LOADED with camping gear, and soon a trailer. Which would be better for this application?

Oh and: 98 ZJ 4.0

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Unread 09-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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I've had stock blue Bilsteins and the silver 3" lift ones. And now I've got the 2" lift ones sitting on my bench to lift my other ZJ. Hard to compare because it's been too long. I got OME HD springs to go with them. Should be a great ride.

If you aren't going to lift, I'd do option 2, and option 3 is not doable.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #3
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im planning on getting the 5100 for my 2" bb eventually. right now the stock ones aren't too bad
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Unread 09-10-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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The 4600 series are valved a bit more firmly than the 5100 series.

4600 series will work OK with 1" or so lift but once you get over that you want to go with 5100 series.

I have all Bilstein on special so PM me if you want to chat.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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If your looking at purchasing the Bilstein shocks, good luck! Neither series are available! Have both sets on order for weeks........... Still waiting for someone to say they have them. It not available by next week, I'm going to find a replacement for the Bilstein shocks..............
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Unread 09-10-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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If your looking at purchasing the Bilstein shocks, good luck! Neither series are available! Have both sets on order for weeks........... Still waiting for someone to say they have them. It not available by next week, I'm going to find a replacement for the Bilstein shocks..............
Hmmmm - can't say this adds much to the conversation. But thanks anyway. BTW, did you talk to the guy who posted just above you?
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Unread 09-11-2013, 12:49 AM   #7
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Is your Jeep stock height or lifted?

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If your looking at purchasing the Bilstein shocks, good luck! Neither series are available! Have both sets on order for weeks........... Still waiting for someone to say they have them. It not available by next week, I'm going to find a replacement for the Bilstein shocks..............
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Unread 09-11-2013, 12:56 AM   #8
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The reason I left the comment was, if anyone was thinking of doing a lift, and using Bilstein shocks, they could be in for a long wait as they are not normally available. Ordered them locally and cancelled the order after 2 wks and not having a delivery date. Ordered them from shockwarehouse and still waiting on a delivery date. If I don't hear anything by Friday, will cancel and choose another supplier...........

One normal, one lifted!

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Unread 09-11-2013, 01:54 AM   #9
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I can't think of any of the more common stock or lifted height Bilsteins that are on backorder right now. I also have all Bilstein on special. See my thread over in the Vendor Forum, PM me here on the forum or email me at kolak@aol.com for pricing and availability.

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The reason I left the comment was, if anyone was thinking of doing a lift, and using Bilstein shocks, they could be in for a long wait as they are not normally available. Ordered them locally and cancelled the order after 2 wks and not having a delivery date. Ordered them from shockwarehouse and still waiting on a delivery date. If I don't hear anything by Friday, will cancel and choose another supplier...........

One normal, one lifted!

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