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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Bilstein replacement shocks for OEM shocks on 2006 TJ Rubicon

I want to change out the original stock shocks on my 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I have not lifted my Jeep and have no intention of doing so. I have heard on here the Bilstein is a good shock company. I do have some confusion on selecting shocks to replace the originals that are not for a lift.

Does this link and description seem legit? Does the website (company) seem like a legit company?


http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....ducts_id=10489

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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:13 PM   #2
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I run Bilstein 5100s and love the ride they give. The shocks in that ad look like the ones that came stock on my Tacoma, which I don't think are as good as the 5100 series. For stock ride height, I just happen to have the 5100 series part numbers right here:
Bilstein p/n's:
Rear 24-186810 ; Length = 21.18 extended/13.06 compressed
Front 24-186827 ; Length = 20.08 extended/12.81 compressed

When I checked about a month ago they were $311 for the set of 4 at 4 Wheel Parts.
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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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Look up Kolak he can hook you up and his price will be hard to beat.
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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:38 PM   #4
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LJ Dave, do you happen do know the stock ride height for the compressed & extended OEM shocks on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon TJ? When I google, I run through a maze of sh*t about raised vehicles. It's like WTF? I don't want to raise my jeep.
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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:53 PM   #5
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Somewhere I saw the actual measurements recently on one of these forums. I measured my original factory shocks that came with my 05 Rubicon when I was doing research for a friends Jeep lift recently and my very rough measurement were:

Front: 21 inches extended/13 inches compressed
Rear: 19 inches extended/12 inches compressed

It was a little hard to get the exact compressed measurement because I had to compress and hold the shock in while I was trying to measure. As we used to say in the Midwest, these number are "close enough for horse shoes and hand grenades".
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Unread 03-16-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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Did you have to install bump stop extensions for the Bilsteins to fit, for the rear? If I am reading correctly, if your saying the stocks are 12" compressed and the Bilsteins are 13.06" for the rear did you have to add an extension.

I see what u did there. No big deal, on your first post you had the front and rear bilstein part #'s switched and I was getting confused with what bilstein's website was saying for the compressed lengths.

Looks like the front bilsteins should fit no issue, but the rear compressed of the bilsteins is about a 1/2" longer.

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Unread 03-16-2014, 08:36 PM   #7
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You might look at Fox too. They ride like a dream.
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Unread 03-16-2014, 10:13 PM   #8
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Looks like you are correct, sorry I wrote them down wrong on my notes and reversed the front and rear. I'm not sure if you need longer bump stops for the rears. I just happened to come across these when I was researching components for a 2 inch lift. I've seen these shocks advertised as fitting stock as well as 2 inch lift, but since then I found the correct part numbers and lengths for a 2 inch lift and the numbers I provided are defintely very close to the stock lengths. A lot of on-line retailers list them as the stock size. So I'm not sure if the stock bump stops will protect the rears or if you'd have to add 1/2 inch of bump stop.
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