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Unread 08-22-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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Help with shocks Bilstein 5100, 5160 or RS9000

While piecing my lift together I'm at the point now where I need to start thinking about shocks more.

I've heard good things about the Bilstein 5100, but I'm curious if the 5160 would be a better choice. The RS9000 is also a good shock choice, and the adjustable ride sounds nice for dialing in the jeep when loaded.

I'll be running AEV 3" coils on a TJ.

Looking for opinions which one and why?

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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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I am running Bilstein 5125 and 4" AEVs they are fine, my Jeep weighs 5k also.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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No one else has anything to say as far as these shocks go?
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Unread 08-24-2011, 08:30 PM   #4
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Just put 5100's on my 03 Rubi and I couldn't be happier. Improved the ride 100%. Would recommend to anyone.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 08:33 PM   #5
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Have had the Ranchos for a year and been happy with them. Adjustability is nice as the jeep changes. Is the Rancho promotion still running? Bought mine last year when they had same promotion and I think after shopping around aggressively and then the discount got them at my door for something like $65 a shock. Thought that was a pretty good deal.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Savvy is working with Fox to make a custom valved shock. From all accounts from people that have driven the test jeep it blows the doors off of the rs9000xls. Just another option to confuse you more
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Unread 08-25-2011, 11:38 AM   #7
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Not sure "blows the doors off" is the proper term. I've driven Blaine's jeep and it is sweet but my large bodied, adj Rancho's will not be removed to run the Fox's.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 03:04 PM   #8
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I have the 5150's in the front and the 5100's in the rear on mine. They ride like a dream. Can't say anything bad about them.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #9
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Have you thought about the OME LT shocks? I run them with my 3" Currie springs and love them.

I was originally going to go with Rancho, but their travel to length (compressed and extended) ratio is way less than the OMEs. The OMEs don't work for everyone though as they don't have as much uptravel (due to being for a bigger lift) but if you run the AEV Shock Shifter in the rear, it will help with that. I plan on doing that (or outboarding) once I get a tummy tuck, SYE, control arms, etc so I only have to weld on the brackets once (have to change them with pinion angle).

I don't think you will be disappointed with any of those shocks though. They seem to be universally liked by most. If you are a tinkerer you may like the Ranchos more because you can adjust the firmness. I think that the Bilstiens are on the softer side too.

Something else to think about, is I believe the Bilstiens have an aluminum body, so they may be a better choice if you live in the rust belt...
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Unread 09-21-2011, 04:19 PM   #10
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Man those 5160's look pretty nice, clayton off road has a set of 4 for 400$ and aev has them for 799$. Cant wait to add them to my lift once I get it lol.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 04:52 PM   #11
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Man those 5160's look pretty nice, clayton off road has a set of 4 for 400$ and aev has them for 799$. Cant wait to add them to my lift once I get it lol.
Can you give me the link to that? I found the 5100 for 360 but the 5160 is 800 for the set
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I think I paid about $360 for 5100s. Very pleased with how they take the bumps off-road.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:40 PM   #13
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The 5160 are on Claytonoffroad.com or just google Clayton offroad products.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 05:44 PM   #14
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I don't know where you say the price of 4 for $400, but they are $200 each on Clayton's site.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 06:24 PM   #15
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I run the RS9000s and I LOVE the adjustablity. You can change it per vehicle weight, driving conditions, or if your personal damping preferences change over time.
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