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Bilstein 5100 Series

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Product Information

MSRP: $480.00
Average Price: $268.79
Manufacturer: Bilstein
Yes: 118 / No: 4

Some of the highest quality shocks I have seen. Brushed aluminum casing really adds for a great look and light weight. Extremely smooth ride even with the highest of lifts.



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kodenz's Reviews
07-13-2013, 12:29 AM
Price: $290.00
Pros: great ride
Cons: nothing!
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Once again kolak hooked me up!

Registered User
BlackWK's Reviews
06-25-2013, 03:40 PM
Price: $600.00
Pros: Good feel for the price
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I needed new shocks and struts and wanted to go with something more than OEM replacements. I am very happy with these shocks and struts, and I picked up a little more clearance with them as well.


Registered User
jhigday's Reviews
05-29-2013, 05:23 PM
Price: $289.00
Pros: Nice shocks on or off road
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Kolak (JF Member) hooked me up with these shocks at an awesome price. They are perfect for on and off road performance.

Registered User
jeepndon's Reviews

04-07-2013, 08:02 PM
Price: $325.00
Pros: Ride, handling
Cons: Install
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Amazing shocks I had Rancho 9000X adjustables before and thought i had good ride. These are just night and day its amazing how smooth the ride is girlfriend loves them she can atually fall asleep in the jeep now!!

Handling is so much better used to skip accross the road in a turn if I hit a bump no matter what the Ranchos setting was now the shocks just suck it up no skip nothing.
I did have a little scare with the new ones there is this one bump I go over is bad and my jeep would skip a good foot when I hit it but with the Bilsteins I was correcting for the skip and there was none found myself heading for the guard rail LOL. nice to see that the shocks do there job now no more correction needed.

Registered User
wallick912's Reviews
04-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Price: $85.00
Pros: Work well and provide a better ride than other shocks
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: These shocks give my lifted xj a much better ride than other shocks that come included with lift kits. The build quality is superior too.


Registered User
JimmydaGreek's Reviews
02-05-2013, 02:12 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Perfect dampening!
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: When paired up with my OME springs, the ride is much better than stock. These should have came on the truck from the factory.


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Tom95YJ's Reviews
01-27-2013, 09:49 PM
Price: $78.00
Pros: Warranty, Ride, Quality
Cons: Price
Recommended? Yes

Comments: They are great shocks, This is the 3rd Jeep I've run them on. I wont consider another shock unless it is a better Bilstein shock

Registered User
randallman5000's Reviews
01-21-2013, 10:39 PM
Price: $330.00
Pros: Amazing such a comfortable ride again
Cons: Nada
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Finally got these bad boys installed on my wj with 2"bb lift. Super smooth ride,definately worth the money.

Registered User
cplacke's Reviews
11-28-2012, 04:36 PM
Price: $340.00
Pros: just enough firmness, great stainless steele look
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Smooth and quiet ride compared to the rancho's I replaced. Firm enough to prevent bad body roll, but not ultra stiff. Great shock for the money

Registered User
DevilDogDoc's Reviews
11-10-2012, 10:39 AM
Price: $1.00
Pros: Great riding shock
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great riding shock no complaints at all


A locked & armored Sport
Zakman's Reviews
10-02-2012, 12:34 PM
Price: $85.00
Pros: Bilstein, direct bolt in upgrade
Cons: none so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great upgrade over the OME shocks as the Bilsteins are a firmer shock. 10" travel perfect for a 4" lift.


Registered User
tride000's Reviews
09-16-2012, 11:30 AM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Firm but not harsh ride
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Have Less than 1000mi on the new shocks. So far they seem to provide a firm but not harsh ride.

Registered User
donsjk's Reviews
09-01-2012, 05:32 PM
Price: $179.00
Pros: Awesome ride!
Cons: Too new to identify any cons.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I Installed Bilstein 5100s on all 4 corners with of a 3.5" Rubicon Express lift (resulted in 4" of lift on my 2-door Rubi). Originally installed the Bilstein steering dampner too, but the pressurized Bilstein prevented straight and true tracking at highway speeds. I can't speak for non-2012 JKs, but on my 2012 Rubicon, I was unable to effectively access the passenger side front top shock mount without removing the battery, air filter box, and loosening the plastic shelf supporting the battery and fuse box. Some have cut an access hole in the plastic shelf instead, but I preferred to loosen it and move it aside during the install instead. Also, I reused the original OEM rubber insulators on the front top shock mounts instead of the Bilstein provided materials because I felt the OEM parts would provide better insulating properties.

Registered User
Linus's Reviews

08-29-2012, 04:54 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Well built and great ride quality
Cons: Did not include lower front mounting hardware
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Got these shocks from Kolak on the JeepForum site and he was great to deal with. These shocks are well built and the bushings and bar pins fit perfectly on my 2004 WJ. The rears use the factory hardware from the stock shocks but the front only had the upper mount washers and nuts. The lower mount had the bar pin but you would need to buy (4) 5/16" x 1.5" bolts, (4) 5/16" nuts, and (8) 5/16" washers. Other then that, these shocks ride great and I really am glad I sprung for these instead of cheaper hydro shocks.


Registered User
SamPsychoWise's Reviews
06-02-2012, 01:32 AM
Price: $99.00
Pros: n/a
Cons: n/a
Recommended? Yes

Comments: A little stiff at first. But after "broken in" smothed out. Nice ride.

Registered User
dougmorgan99's Reviews
05-24-2012, 09:00 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Sweet ride. Literally went from dump truck to Cadillac ride overnight. Have had the Monroe Sensa-Trac and Rough Country set and this is the best set of shocks I have had.
Cons: Not a fan of the rubber shock boots but its growing on me.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have been looking for some time for a new set of shocks. It came down to Old Man Emu or Bilstiens after weeks of research. I decided to go the OME route since I already had their front steering stabilizer but it appears the rear set was no longer offered for my lift hight... rats! I went with the Bilstiens since I saw Kolak was running a sale on them. I am very pleased when they arrived and having Bilstien's lifetime warranty was a plus! I don't feel the jarring effects I use to on road expansion joints, pot holes or bumps. It is controlled and dampened like it should be. Even the smallest of cracks and rocks I felt on the road with my old shocks. It's a JEEP but you shouldnt feel beat up after riding it on the highway for a long period of time. The valving on these shocks are perfect for my ZJ.


Registered User
ry1820's Reviews
05-10-2012, 03:14 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: .
Cons: .
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Bought used from a member on here. Very happy with the ride!


Registered User
Cherokid's Reviews
05-05-2012, 10:51 AM
Price: $5,100.00
Pros: Great ride.
Cons: price
Recommended? No

Comments: Between the shocks and losing the track bars the ride is great as far as the absorbing the bumps. The handling has gone bad though, a little too mushy. I may reinstall the front track bar to bring some of the crispness or confidence back to the handling.


Registered User
shockracer's Reviews
05-04-2012, 08:10 PM
Price: $145.00
Pros: Smoother ride!
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Had Rough country's on with the 5" lift and they were "Rough"! Put these on the front only and it was a day and night difference! Far more control of the steering well hit bump on when on the brakes! Buy them for the back now.

Chicken in a Turkey Suit
billzcat1's Reviews
04-28-2012, 01:12 AM
Price: $310.00
Pros: Smooth ride, excellent ride control on- and off-road, very durable, WJ-specific hardware
Cons: Didn't come with bolts for the front axle
Recommended? Yes

Comments: The Bilstein 5100 shocks are a fantastic product. The ride on- and off-road is good and they allow effortless articulation when needed. They are also very high quality and long lasting. Should one fail they are protected by a limited lifetime warranty. One of the nicest things about them is that the hardware/rear shock bushings are designed to work correctly on the WJ which uses odd-sized rear shock bushings. No clunking like cheap aftermarket shocks!

The only minor issue is that I had to buy bolts for the front bar pins. Not a big deal but you should be aware that they're needed when you start the install.

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