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Bilstein 5100 Series

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Product Information

MSRP: $480.00
Average Price: $272.09
Manufacturer: Bilstein
Yes: 115 / 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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VOLSWAGN's Reviews
04-11-2012, 10:44 AM
Price: $369.00
Pros: Increased stability in turns, more solid feel on road
Cons: A little more jarring/bouncy, but worth it
Recommended? Yes

Comments: The 5100's have totally transformed my Jeep. Cornering is much more stable, the Jeep feels more planted overall. I like to feel more of the road, even in a Jeep, so I'd do this again in a heartbeat.


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jeepinmichguy_'s Reviews
03-30-2012, 06:22 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Nickel plated, ride is unbelievable.
Cons: They run short, some come with black shock boots, others with baby blue
Recommended? Yes

Comments: We bought these for the wife's rig along with some JJ control arms and WOW what a difference in the ride of the Jeep. These shocks dampen well and it is the best riding Wrangler I have been in now. Call a vendor and take measurements to find the right length shock for you because they run short compared to most other brands. The main issue I had was we actually were going to run them with the boots on and the fronts came with black boots while the rears came with an ugly *** baby blue. When we contacted the vendor he had no way of telling which they came with (this wasn't the first time he had seen it and there is no way for him to pick a boot color). Most people seem to run them without boots anyway so for most this will be a non-issue. We are just running the boots up front and no boots in the rear. I give these shocks an A!!!


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otherwisebusy's Reviews
03-21-2012, 10:33 AM
Price: $450.00
Pros: Wow, what a ride. Controlls bumps and makes for a firm ride. Easy to install
Cons: Not sure yet.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Install was easy once we got the old ones out. THe ride is crisp and firm.

Registered User
Davf24's Reviews

03-07-2012, 07:51 AM
Price: $367.00
Pros: Sleek, shiny, black boots
Cons: ????? non that I can think of
Recommended? Yes

Comments: OK, so I did read many of the reviews here and bit the bullet and bought the 5100's and the reason for the purchase was to better my overall ride in my 02 TJ Sahara, WOW what a difference

Know for the issue, CHRYSLER what the were you thinking when you designed the rear upper shock mounts? yes I snapped three (not one) bolts off and had to drill/tap for new bolts, some one needs to be hit really hard for stupid crap like that. A simple 1/2" nut and bolt at the top would have been better, my 79 CJ7 was done right.

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theorvs's Reviews

02-27-2012, 12:09 PM
Price: $375.00
Pros: Great ride nice finsh worth the money
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: 5125 these shocks are the bomb


Junior Member
AzPinstriped's Reviews
02-08-2012, 04:26 AM
Price: $380.00
Pros: great dampening, no more teeth jarring hits with hydro's, great at controlling sway on turns.
Cons: havent found any yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: for the price, it cant be better than this. The difference is night and day over what i replaced.

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93zjer's Reviews
01-15-2012, 12:40 AM
Price: $80.00
Pros: amazing on wash board and still nice on the road.
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: bought them from kolak. very happy. actually cant remember the price.


Registered User
famousstar1026's Reviews
12-27-2011, 02:54 AM
Price: $80.00
Pros: amazing shock rides great look super nice polished up
Cons: bar pins and bushing have to be pressed out and replaced if your going to use jks bar pin eliminators
Recommended? Yes

Comments: bar pins and bushing have to be pressed out and replaced if your going to use jks bar pin eliminators its a pain but well worth the effort

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4Doors's Reviews
11-10-2011, 12:17 PM
Price: $320.00
Pros: Holy smokes, they really are the cat's meow like everyone says they are. Totally transformed my WJ.
Cons: None.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I was looking to increase my handling and stability and decided I was being stupid by playing around with cheap components. Ditched the Rancho RS5000 (not pressurized) for these and the difference is night and day. I'm a convert and even ordered a set for our Yukon XL right away. The price was $320 shipped and you get what you pay for, but honestly these aren't much more than the cheaper options.

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todbld's Reviews
10-30-2011, 02:01 AM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Great handling, rides semi smooth
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Bought these because they were cheap at the time. Ride is pretty smooth as I don't expect to have a smooth ride in a wheeler. Handling is great. Install was pretty straight forward. Knocked out the install in less than an hour.


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chopperkid2000's Reviews
10-09-2011, 11:05 AM
Price: $79.00
Pros: Look kewl
Cons: n/a
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I changed shocks and springs but a huge difference from rough country 2.2's

Registered User
straightZJ6's Reviews
09-25-2011, 11:03 PM
Price: $89.00
Pros: their a smooth ride
Cons: the price is outragous
Recommended? Yes

Comments: These are the most smoothest ride i have every felt.
also they can be adjusted to 2inch budget boost, with out having to upgrade your shocks!

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vondy98's Reviews

09-06-2011, 12:23 PM
Price: $480.00
Pros: solid shocks, look good
Cons: a bit stiff
Recommended? Yes

Comments: If you really need new shocks these are good shocks and they look good. However they are a bit stiffer than i anticipated and didnt make my jeep ride much smoother.


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BlackDaddyZJ's Reviews
09-05-2011, 06:55 PM
Price: $320.00
Pros: Absolutely amazing ride
Cons: none whatsoever
Recommended? Yes

Comments: these things ride absolutely amazing, by far best shocks i have ever had


So glad its not a Fiat
IH8PEPL's Reviews

08-31-2011, 06:11 PM
Price: $80.00
Pros: Finish is nice...
Cons: Baby blue shock boots. Bar pins made clunking noise from day 1 - bushing and bar pin suck! Really stiff ride on road. JKS BPE will not work with these.
Recommended? No

Comments: When I ordered these I based my purchase on this review. Upon recieving the shocks I was pissed that the shock boots were baby blue - what company thinks for a second that baby blue is a good color for anything that goes on a Jeep! So right there I was out $21 for black boots. Installed them, and got this horrible knocking sound. Bar pins and bushings are **** right out of the box - all 4 make the clunking sound. So now I got JKS bar pin eliminators ($90) to fix the issue. Problem is the bar pins are molded to the rubber bushings - Surprise JKS bar pin eliminators which are needed to fix the clunk wont work - you have to replace all the bushings... now im out even more money for bushings while the shocks are cut up and my jeep sits in the garage. The ride isnt even that good - the shocks seem to do fine offroad, but on road they are so stiff you feel EVERYTHING!

DONT waste your time or money! Go with OME, Rubicon Express or any other vendor.

Ive never had such a hassle with such a simple part...

I could have bought some top of the line shocks with all the BS I have gone through with these.

PLEASE PM me if you want me to talk some sense into you before making a horrible mistake!


Registered User
ajmorell's Reviews
08-15-2011, 01:18 PM
Price: $80.00
Pros: Everything about these shocks is awesome
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I recently replaced some cheap Skyjackers with a set of 5125s up front in my ZJ and it made all the difference in the world.

Registered User
briguy3030's Reviews

07-26-2011, 07:07 PM
Price: $79.95
Pros: Excellent Bilstein quality Cheaper than Old Man Emu
Cons: None.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Stiffer than stock on road, yet responsive & predictable.
AMAZING the rocks!! Dampens well.


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conrasm's Reviews

07-20-2011, 07:09 PM
Price: $320.00
Pros: Good ride, good on road control. No body roll around turns.
Cons: A little pricey, but worth it.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Bought these to replace the Rough Country 2.2 shocks that came with my RC 4" long arm kit for a 2000 TJ. The RC's rode OK, but were a little too firm for on road use. The 5100's don't have the harshness over explansion joints and are a little softer on the highway. Much improved ride quality. I do not notice any increased body roll or nose dive with braking.

Rear's were a little of a challenge to get on due to the nitrogen charge. My arms were spent after compressing/holding them and trying to get the bolt in. I should have jacked up the vehicle and left the axle droop to make it easier. Front was easy.

Overall, very satisfied with the ride of these on the long arm kit over the 2.2's. I can't compare to stock since my TJ had some cheap, probably skyjacker hydros one when I bought it. The Bilsteins ride a better with the lift compared to stock with the hydros. My ashtray doesn't pop open anymore when driving. About the only objective info I can offer.


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SolidBrass's Reviews
04-26-2011, 08:17 PM
Price: $80.00
Pros: You know the Germans always make good stuff. (ask the sham wow guy) It's a nitrogen shock!
Cons: Might need to remove any PBE's or relocation brackets to get proper travel. (on my 4" lifted version)
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Be advised photo's don't dictate orientation as these have the tube side up. I'm not complaining just pointing out ALL the online photos are wrong. (at least on the 4" lifted version)

Nitrogen gas beats what ever oil was (or wasn't) in the stock lift kit shocks.

Narrow tube design gives me lots more clearance with fuel tank.

Registered User
Moab4Life's Reviews
04-25-2011, 03:51 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Amazing on and off handling. Better handling from stock all around.
Cons: None.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: These are worth the money. I also have Procomp 9000 on my other WJ. Compared to the Procomps these are superior on and off road.

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