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Unread 10-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Shocks? Bistein or OME

Im going with the light OME springs, and was wondering what shock is best for a DD?

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Unread 10-21-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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Gabriel and Monroe are the only two manufatures of shocks and they build to they request specs. I have Bilsteins and they are have nice dampening.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I really like my Bilsteins.

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Unread 10-21-2012, 05:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I will probably go with the 5100. Should I use "front" and "rear" or only fronts or rears all the way around?
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Unread 10-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #5
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If you are talking leafs, I used CSO36R all the way around. Thats the heavy rear....
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Unread 10-22-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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I was told recently that Bilstein makes OME's shocks, or I should say OME re-brands them. Most of the others are Rancho's re-branded.
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Unread 10-22-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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Tuna,

I put my bilstien 5125's on both front and back and couldn't be happier.

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Unread 06-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #8
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It seems like you guys prefer the bilstiens. I am currently running the Rancho RS5000's and my biggest complaint on the trails are rocks that are 6inches to 2 feet in diameter. Ir rocks the living crap out of my jeep. There are trails up here in colorado where that is mostly all you ride on, and it is extremely annoying. I have a RE 4.5" lift and the springs are super flexy, so I love it when I finnally get to huge boulders to crawl over, as it is a relief from the constant jarring and teeth ratteling.

Do these shocks really make that big of a difference? What exactly is the difference?

My buddies in their coiled JK's and TJ's handle these smaller bumps like a caddy, and I have always chalked it up to coils. But will bilsteins help with this, or are the leaf springs always going to ride like crap in this situation?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #9
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Leaf springs can definitely give a smooth ride on that stuff D-BO, so yeah it could be your shocks.

Are you airing down your tires enough? That can make a huge difference.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 10:50 AM   #10
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Yeah airing down helps. It is definately way worse when I am at higher PSI, but either way it is freaking bad. I also primarily only air down if we are hitting a particularly hard rock crawling trail.

I guess I am just trying to get an exact reason to spend the good money on shocks. It has been my experience that because most leaf springs are so stiff, the shocks really don't make a difference. I would like to hear exactly why one would "love" their Bilsteins in comparison to a cheaper shock? What exactly did they notice between their OE shock and the Bilstein?

I want to buy them, but don't know why.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 01:21 PM   #11
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I had ranchos on a CJ and bilsteins on an XJ. The ranchos were much stiffer.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #12
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I had ranchos on a CJ and bilsteins on an XJ. The ranchos were much stiffer.
But didn't your XJ have Coils? Unless your CJ had coils as well there is no way you are comparing the shocks. Your XJ had a softer ride because it had coil suspension up front, not because it had bilsteins.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #13
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I had the bilsteins on the rear of the XJ and the ranchos on the front of the CJ. If that is irrelevant to all then please ignore me.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 02:05 PM   #14
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I had the bilsteins on the rear of the XJ and the ranchos on the front of the CJ. If that is irrelevant to all then please ignore me.
Well what shocks are you running on your CJ right now?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #15
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I know its not a CJ, but I recently went from ProComp 3000 series on my 2003 F350 (bought new 11/02) leaf sprung with a ProComp Stage II 4" lift. Was the second set of ProComp shocks, and at 214,000 miles, went to the 5100 series Bilstine's. Don't know any technical reasons why...but they ride much, much nicer, both empty running, and towing my 14,000lb toyhauler.
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