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Old 11-05-2019, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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shocks for tow rig...

I am looking at new shocks for my excursion. Its V/B spring swapped (f250 springs = 1-2" lift)

I think I have narrowed it down to bilstein 4600 or 5100. The 4600 are "heavy duty" stock application. The 5100 are lifted "offroad" shocks. While my ex is technically lifted, the stock shocks still bolt up ok, and it doesnt get offroaded other than a fire road to a wheeling spot.

Thoughts from the PBB collective? or another shock i should look at?
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The 4600 is what I have on my CCLB F350.
They are what I reccomend unless guys have the option to use the 5100's.
So, in my opinion you already nailed the correct choices.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^^^so which should i get ?
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Iíve had really good luck with the 5100s. I put one set on years ago and I liked how they rode so much I never even thought about running anything else. Iíve never run the 4600s, but Iíve never heard anything bad about them. I donít think you can really go long with either, but Iíd just measure and if the 4600s will work (not bottom out or run out of travel) Iíd go for them.

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5125s have pretty soft valving. They weren't stiff enough for my land cruiser, doubt they would work well on an excursion.
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Iíve had really good luck with the 5100s. I put one set on years ago and I liked how they rode so much I never even thought about running anything else. Iíve never run the 4600s, but Iíve never heard anything bad about them. I donít think you can really go long with either, but Iíd just measure and if the 4600s will work (not bottom out or run out of travel) Iíd go for them.

But being pirate, 4 link and coil overs, pussy
Pretty much this.

Threw a set of 5100's on my 04 Dodge 2500 quad cab this year, and I couldn't be happier. Mind you, I'm pretty sure it had stockers on it from the factory, so anything would have been better.

Parts guy was warning me that the 5100's would be too harsh, couldn't be further from the truth.
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Old 11-05-2019, 11:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just put 5100's on my suburban 2500 this last Friday. Much better than the toasted autoride shocks... I also have 5100's on my '88 V30.

I had a suburban 1500 a while back and went with the 4600's. The 5100's feel softer and seem to give better control bombing over my dirt road washboard...
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Check out the Icon 2.0 shocks for 2.5" front lifted trucks. Ive been running them for years on my Super Duty and love 'em.
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Check out the Icon 2.0 shocks for 2.5" front lifted trucks. Ive been running them for years on my Super Duty and love 'em.
while i dont doubt they are nice, im not dropping that much on this truck....
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I rarely tow, but pretty much always roll loaded heavily.

Ive run KYB monomax for years, on multiple vehicles, with great results.
They are a bit on the harsh side for some people, but work great for a loaded full-size.

Cheaper than the Bilstein offerings, and its what the local CarQuest stocks.
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I am running stock length 5100s on my 06 F250. No complaints.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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5100's on my 1st gen cummins with 99-04 f550 superduty leafs up front and 63" chevy leafs out back, front is too heavy with the 1/4" wall bumper and brush guard 18k winch and over cab lumber rack, shocks arent enough considering going dual shocks. rear is good
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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5100's on both the Silverado and Tahoe. Maybe a little stiffer unloaded, but they're great loaded.
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I've been looking for a set of front stock excursion springs. Please tell me you have them and are willing to ship
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i ran the 5100 on my 04 ram with kore springs and it rode fine on the highway, and could bomb down dirt road...

my buddy has the same kit on his 2012 mc ram and it just turned 130k miles with the same shocks. ..they still work
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yeah I'm running 5100s all around on my '11 SuperDuty CCLB 4X4, stock height, 6.2 gas.

Despite being a gasser it gets used hard and loaded heavy, and I've got zero complaints with the 5100s

It also took a Bilstein stabilizer to cure my DW 'cause Ford didn't build enough caster into these trucks
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also a 5100 nut hugger, not bad for $70 each.
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Yep, 5100's here too.
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Jumping in here, do they make 5100s for a stock height 2002 F350? Looking online (at: https://www.bilstein.com/us/en/produ...66499263211520 ) they have a "0-1" lift" 5100 shock for the rear, but don't seem to have any 5100s for the front with no lift.

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I run dual 5100s on both of my Excursions, X/C springs, and 275R20 inch rubber, as well as dual 5100s on my F550 tow rig.
One of the Exs and the F550 are 7.3s, and the other Ex is a 6.8.
Very nice ride and handling.

And yes, I still have both sets of stock front springs, yours for the freight, though I fail to understand why you would want the soft bastards.....
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