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Bilstein 5100 Series

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Product Information

MSRP: $480.00
Average Price: $272.20
Manufacturer: Bilstein
Yes: 126 / 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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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

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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


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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!


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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.

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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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robbijer's Reviews
03-28-2011, 01:18 PM
Price: $75.00
Pros: work great
Cons: manufacture is changing part numbers
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Replaced worn out Fabtech shocks, much better ride. I have the 4" lift long travel version.

Registered User
jmauld's Reviews
02-22-2011, 09:56 PM
Price: $320.00
Pros: High Quality, great ride.
Cons: Not a perfect fit for a 2" lift.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: High Quality, great ride. Not a perfect fit for a 2" lift.

Registered User
cdduffman's Reviews

02-10-2011, 05:59 PM
Price: $320.00
Pros: Great Ride, Smooth and responsive. Perfect, would have it anyother way. ride like a whole new jeep
Cons: none soo far, maybe too smooth
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Only hard part was taking the back 2 shocks off. Definitely recommend!!!

Registered User
martini_thief's Reviews
12-07-2010, 08:15 PM
Price: $325.00
Pros: Soft, Controlled.
Cons: Almost to soft?
Recommended? Yes

Comments: They look nice (if shocks can look nice). The body roll seems a little worse then the Rancho 5000's I had before. The ride is much softer then stock and the Rancho's. Freeway driving feels safe. All in all... exactly what I was expecting for just under $75 a shock.


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frAnken_rubi's Reviews
12-05-2010, 10:49 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Awesome ride, much better than stock
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Bought this in addition to my clayton LA lift. The ride has been much more smooth that when the jeep was stock. Great shocks to have.

Registered User
Zeusismyonlygod's Reviews
11-03-2010, 08:15 PM
Price: $200.00
Pros: Great products
Cons: Dont have any
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Pricey but worth it!!!


Registered User
IIx4's Reviews
10-09-2010, 10:45 AM
Price: $80.00
Pros: Great ride! Stable performance off road!
Cons: None, So far.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I had Pro Comp ES3000 shocks that were on my Jeep at the time of Purchase. I could not believe how poorly they rode. I purchased s et of Bilstein 5100's installed and could not be happier. The Jeep not only rides better but also feels more stable and controlled on the road.

Highly recommended!!


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thedirtman's Reviews
09-25-2010, 09:44 AM
Price: $82.00
Pros: Very well built nice looking
Cons: Front shipping straps make it hard to install without removing it and they are hard to retract by hand when the top bolt is mounted.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This is an extremely well built product. Price is a bit high but I have found you get what u pay for.

Registered User
andito77's Reviews

09-23-2010, 01:38 AM
Price: $275.00
Pros: Great price, great company support, great product
Cons: none!
Recommended? Yes

Comments: You WILL blow out your shocks, regardless of who makes them, if they are compressed to less than their minimum length when collapsed. Some people complained about their shocks getting blown out, or leaking, or whatever. I know this to be true, because it happened to me. Not enough bumpstop spacing. Live and learn, I guess.

Anyways, I just ordered my second set of Bilsteins, as I have lifted my Jeep from the 2.25" spacer lift, to a 4.5" total lift on shortarms. With AEV springs, my Jeep is no Cadillac, but it rides surprisingly smooth, and I've learned from my mistakes, and have my bumpstop spacing coordinated with my shock length when collapsed.

My long term plan was to get longarms, but with the ride that I have now, I may just leave it alone...

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