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Old 10-26-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Smile Bilstein 5100 review

I've done so much research for Bilstein 5100 and this site as been so helpful that I have to write down a review of these shocks. The installation when really good, according to the mechanic that did the job. I was charged 2 hours for labor witch I think is well worth it if you like me don't have the proper tools .I cannot believe how good my truck now handles, honestly IMO drives better than stock ! They had no problem with the alignment and the truck drives as straight as it ever been . Having them set at 1.75" it sit level and I have the Canadian version on the rear leaf pack (4 leafs) . Also I don't want to forget to mention that I have absolutely no vibrations . Order them from Essex Canada and they were ship to me across the country with a low shipping fee . Hope this help somebody out there like it help me .
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You reused your stock coils.
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I did the exact same thing (ordered from essex and set at 1.75" on a canadian 2012) and ended up with the same results. I would recommend these also
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Yes I reused the stock coils . Here's an after picture
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Yes I reused the stock coils . Here's an after picture
Looks good!
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Just did the exact same thing this week, also ordered from Essex. Rides like a beaut.
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Thanks for the review OP, these are pretty popular here. I think they are quality products and I like the way they ride compared to the stock POS's. Definitely the best shock in it's class for the money.
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i used essex as well, $20 for shipping and almost $200 cheaper then anyone that was going to get them for me around winnipeg. and i also have had the same experience as the OP, love them so far and they had no problems with my alignment. ride is straight and smooth.
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Thanks david2011sr5 , I think I need a more aggressive tire now. I will buy Duratracs next spring , one mod at the time
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Sweet looking truck jermoids ! pretty much exactly what I'm going for .
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Sweet looking truck jermoids ! pretty much exactly what I'm going for .
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Yes Essex is cheaper than anyone in the states when you add shipping to me in Ontario.... I am going to pull the trigger soon! I m just not sure if I need to do anything in the rear like an AAL dont want to be nose high.. I have the 4 leaf pack but when i throw my sled in the back....

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Yes Essex is cheaper than anyone in the states when you add shipping to me in Ontario.... I am going to pull the trigger soon! I m just not sure if I need to do anything in the rear like an AAL dont want to be nose high.. I have the 4 leaf pack but when i throw my sled in the back....

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i put readylift 1" blocks in the back. it measured perfectly level without the blocks but looked nose high to me, so i added the blocks. still rides perfect, no vibrations or axle wrap.

how it sits with the 1.75" setting on stock with the 1" blocks....
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Both trucks look really good, Hoping to get 5100 from Santa!
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I am very close to buying a full set of 5100's for my beauty..I had one question. For OP and those who set their's at 1.75..at that preload..it still rides better than with the stock shocks? I am not really looking for much lift..I mainly want it to ride smoother..and feel more firm.
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I have priced them everywhere and as it sits right now downsouth motorsports works out the cheapest even with shipping to Canada.. It is about. A $75.00 cheaper than Essex even with me paying Ontario sales tax. Essex is the nex best for Canadians though

Note to all: Sonny at DSM said his shocks are going up as of January 1st due to an increase from RCD
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I am very close to buying a full set of 5100's for my beauty..I had one question. For OP and those who set their's at 1.75..at that preload..it still rides better than with the stock shocks? I am not really looking for much lift..I mainly want it to ride smoother..and feel more firm.
I can only speak from experience with them set at 1.75 but IMO It was a vast improvement over the stock shocks. 5100's are a great way to achieve lift and improve handling.
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Yes Essex is cheaper than anyone in the states when you add shipping to me in Ontario.... I am going to pull the trigger soon! I m just not sure if I need to do anything in the rear like an AAL dont want to be nose high.. I have the 4 leaf pack but when i throw my sled in the back....

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If you don't do anything to your rear suspension ,it will be nose high if you load a sled in the back there's no doubt about it , in my case anyway . I would strongly recommend a 1.5" of lift AAL . Or if you are not going to be loading your sled often a 1" block would also be a good option .

The 5100's will at the limit work with 1.5" of lift in the rear but I did not try this so maybe double check with someone that did . Here's a couple of pictures, the picture that show the front makes it look nose high but in reality it looks better IMO
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I am very close to buying a full set of 5100's for my beauty..I had one question. For OP and those who set their's at 1.75..at that preload..it still rides better than with the stock shocks? I am not really looking for much lift..I mainly want it to ride smoother..and feel more firm.
Here's what I think a little more in depth of the ride quality, on the streets I don't feel the cracks and bumps as much with the 5100's .It then's to skip across bumps as appose to have a bottoming feel like the stock one's did. Off-road is where IMO you will see the more of a difference , they are more firm that's for sure but feels like the truck can go through more rough terrain before you feel like the truck want's to come apart . This is my personal opinion , hope it helps you .
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I have priced them everywhere and as it sits right now downsouth motorsports works out the cheapest even with shipping to Canada.. It is about. A $75.00 cheaper than Essex even with me paying Ontario sales tax. Essex is the nex best for Canadians though

Note to all: Sonny at DSM said his shocks are going up as of January 1st due to an increase from RCD
That's correct. Just ordered a set for 299$,free shipping.
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