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post #1 of 44 Old 02-23-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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KYB vs Bilstein shocks

Ive heard really good things about KYB's and the Bilsteins, the KYB's are much cheaper but I hear they make a good shock. Does anyone know the length of both of them for a stock Wk with the Hemi?


KYB part number KYB 344496 GR-2 Shock



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post #2 of 44 Old 02-23-2012, 11:55 AM
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The KYB is a low pressure twin tube shock with velocity sensitive valving - much the same as your stock shocks in terms of technology.

The Bilstein is a high pressure monotube design with a digressive self-adjusting valving setup.

Bilsteins will outperform the KYB by quite a wide margin. You'll get more rapid responsiveness, far better fade resistance and improved ride control and handling.

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How does this compare to the monroe part number 911278 or ORV Suspension 18465.05 shock?
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Both of those are twin tube low pressure shocks, like the KYB or your stock shocks.

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Does the length of the shock have anything to do with the fact that I am adding a 2" Lift to the jeep? From what I have found at the moment the Bilstein shock 24-186803 has the third shortest length of (24.33 in) all the shocks I've looked at.. My jeep won’t see a lot of time off road so I really all I need is something longer than the OE shock right?


All of these were looked up for a stock fitment..

Brand -----------------(Fully extended length) #part number

Gabriel ultra------------------ (24.11 in) #G64012
Monroe Truck/SUV shock--- (24.25 in) #911278
Bilstein------------------------- (24.33 in) #24-186803
KYB shock--------------------- (24.41 in) #344496
Monroe load leveler shock- (24.87 in) #58646
Monroe Standard------------ (24.88 in) #32407
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The Bilsteins work fine with a 2" BB.

Measurements of struts vary from manufacturer to manufacturer depending on what points they choose to take the measurements.

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The old man Emu N190 is 25.9 inches fully extended and 15.5 fully compressed.....
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Yes - that's the shock that's used with their lift kits. They're expensive - more than the Bilsteins. They are a low pressure shock, but they are very heavy duty. So more travel with the OME shocks, better handling with the Bilsteins. More expensive for the OME shocks, less for the Bilsteins. Tough call.

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The old man Emu N190 is 25.9 inches fully extended and 15.5 fully compressed.....

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This is why I skipped the shenanigans and went with FOX!

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Does the length of the shock have anything to do with the fact that I am adding a 2" Lift to the jeep? From what I have found at the moment the Bilstein shock 24-186803 has the third shortest length of (24.33 in) all the shocks I've looked at.. My jeep won’t see a lot of time off road so I really all I need is something longer than the OE shock right?

All of these were looked up for a stock fitment..

Brand -----------------(Fully extended length) #part number

Gabriel ultra------------------ (24.11 in) #G64012
Monroe Truck/SUV shock--- (24.25 in) #911278
Bilstein------------------------- (24.33 in) #24-186803
KYB shock--------------------- (24.41 in) #344496
Monroe load leveler shock- (24.87 in) #58646
Monroe Standard------------ (24.88 in) #32407
You have to consider that a monotube set of shocks/struts (like bilsteins) are going to have atleast 100 psi each of upward force on your vehicle over a standard dual-tube.

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This is why I skipped the shenanigans and went with FOX!
I love those fox shocks
The twin tube looks sick, that's what I want
Mainly for looks LOL the performance is nice too I guess


Is the twin tube that much better than single?
What's it help with?

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Do they make fox shocks for an almost stock height WK or one with a 2" lift?
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I'm gonna have to work an ot shift this week so I can order bilsteins.

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Its not the price that bothers be I just want to make sure that there the best thing to get for my application.
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I love those fox shocks
The twin tube looks sick, that's what I want
Mainly for looks LOL the performance is nice too I guess


Is the twin tube that much better than single?
What's it help with?
It depends on your use. The other tube is a remote reservoir. This allows the shock to hold more oil than a non res shock. These are really only needed when you will be excessively exercising your suspension. When the shock is worked hard it heats up and will start to feel soft. The res gives the shock greater oil capacity and a place for the fluid to expand. I am not a shock expert and there is a lot of technology that goes into these thing that I can't explain It would be better for you to go to Fox and read about it, but that is the basic info. When I had my OME shock I felt a difference between the way they acted at the beginning of a trail and then later on once they were hot. That's just one reason I went with these.


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Do they make fox shocks for an almost stock height WK or one with a 2" lift?
I have the 11" travel version, but they make a lot of different sizes. The 10" is probably what you would want for a 2" lift.

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