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Old 03-02-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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Rear Shocks Recommendation

I have a stock truck (no lift) and I need to replace the rear shocks as they are currently leaking oil. What do you recommend for rear shocks and where is the best place to order them?

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I have a stock truck (no lift) and I need to replace the rear shocks as they are currently leaking oil. What do you recommend for rear shocks and where is the best place to order them?

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you can get some normal heavy duty bilsteins.....or the awesome bilstein 5100's for your truck..............from downsouth motorsports, and they are a vendor here at tw. sonny is an awesome fella.
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according to the bilstein website, the 5100s are only for lifted trucks. is this true?
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according to the bilstein website, the 5100s are only for lifted trucks. is this true?
nah.......they just have a little more travel. the fronts are the only adjustable ones.......rears are normal. you can get the whole set for a good price thru downsouth....................and the front 5100's have a "stock" height setting.
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Called Downsouth. Person on the phone said if I put 5100s in the rear I would have to get a bigger bump stop as the shocks will max before my axel hits the stop. VERY BAD for the shock. He recommended the 5125 instead.
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Called Downsouth. Person on the phone said if I put 5100s in the rear I would have to get a bigger bump stop as the shocks will max before my axel hits the stop. VERY BAD for the shock. He recommended the 5125 instead.
the 5125 is an excellent choice as well...its what im running
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Anyone know what the rear travel is on the stock shock so I can find which 5125 to order?
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Called Downsouth. Person on the phone said if I put 5100s in the rear I would have to get a bigger bump stop as the shocks will max before my axel hits the stop. VERY BAD for the shock. He recommended the 5125 instead.
Who'd you talk to at DownSouth? I just ordered a set of 5100s for my '02, and nothing was said about needing new bumpstops...(I have a stock height 4x4 extended cab). I'd like to get that cleared up before I install them. They are due in tomorrow...
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Who'd you talk to at DownSouth? I just ordered a set of 5100s for my '02, and nothing was said about needing new bumpstops...(I have a stock height 4x4 extended cab). I'd like to get that cleared up before I install them. They are due in tomorrow...
i put them on my 04 when it was stock.................no problems at all. i think you'd both be fine with the 5100's.
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Not trying to play devil's advocate here, serious question: what advantage is there by putting Bilsteins on over just some good Monroes? Does the truck handle that much better to justify the cost difference?
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Not trying to play devil's advocate here, serious question: what advantage is there by putting Bilsteins on over just some good Monroes? Does the truck handle that much better to justify the cost difference?
in alot of cases....the monroe's will be ok. but i gotta say.......the ride and handling with the 5100's....or even the regular bilsteins for that matter, is awesome compared to others i have had.....even the monroe sensatracs. yeah......it was on a different vehicle, but still.
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What if someone only did the rears with Billies to start, would it upset the handling having good new ones in the back and worn out OEMs on the front?
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What if someone only did the rears with Billies to start, would it upset the handling having good new ones in the back and worn out OEMs on the front?
in that case......i think only the rear of the truck would feel alot more solid that the front.
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i did the rears a few years back on mine..the back is definately a stiffer ride. I just ordered a set of front 5100's, and hopefully i can get them in this weekend. But I did the 5125's i believe(there just the regular ones, i forget what ones they are now)
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If you're not lifting then why not just low mileage TRD Bilsteins from the for sale section here? You could score some there cheap, even fully assembled fronts. Varying mileages/prices but still bargain. Sets/prs float through there often.
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i put them on my 04 when it was stock.................no problems at all. i think you'd both be fine with the 5100's.
I'm hoping so. They will be here tomorrow, won't get a chance to put them on until later in the week, though; I will email Sonny tomorrow to see what they recommend.

I was going over a thread by markvfr posted last month where he put 5100s on the rear of his 02, and was experiencing them bottoming out, not sure if that was ever cleared up...

I guess if worse comes to worse I can always swap out the 5100 rears for the Bilstein HDs instead...
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If you're not lifting then why not just low mileage TRD Bilsteins from the for sale section here? You could score some there cheap, even fully assembled fronts. Varying mileages/prices but still bargain. Sets/prs float through there often.
You might find some 2nd Gen low mileage shocks, but I don't see that happening for 1st Gens...
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I emailed Sonny at downsouth for a recommendation last night but haven't heard anything yet. Hopefully he will get back to me soon. Want to get these ordered and installed. Hoping it will make the ride better in my truck.
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I emailed Sonny at downsouth for a recommendation last night but haven't heard anything yet. Hopefully he will get back to me soon. Want to get these ordered and installed. Hoping it will make the ride better in my truck.
I emailed Sonny today also to get his recommendation; meanwhile, my 5100s arrived. I plan to get them installed later this week pending the outcome of the conversation with Sonny. I don't see any issues with the front, I just want to make sure the rears are going to work without a lot of additional modifications.

FYI, I measured the 5100 rear shock fully compressed, and they come to right around 16 3/8"...now I will compare what the OEM Billies measure fully compressed...

I'm not totally against an add-a-leaf in the rear, that's not that big a deal. New tires are in the near future, and going up one size wouldn't hurt my feelings any, as long as the ride is better than now

End goal- best ride, level truck, maybe next larger size tire. If add-a-leaf and 5100's are the best combo for that end, I'll go for it.
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