I decided to shop for a new set of shocks for my trail rig, because
my current shocks were in bad shape. Not only were they not performing
up to standard, they were just not durable enough for my style of driving.
I was running the Rancho 9000’s, and they may be adjustable in
all, but the way I see it, manually adjusting shocks just doesn’t
seem all that cool these days. Also, I needed a shock with heavier valving,
stronger construction, and a shock that would last longer than a season
of 4 wheeling. I chose the Bilstein 5150
series shock absorbers.
new Bilstein 5150 Series offers traditional Bilstein technology with
applications for lifted trucks, Jeeps and prerunners. The 5150 Series
shock absorbers are designed for specific manufactured lift kits utilizing
the stock O.E.M. mounting configuration.
are the shock absorbers as packaged, just before and after install.
They are the longest 5150’s available with 14 inches of travel
and 255/70 valving (heaviest available).
Installation of these shocks is pretty straight forward for your average
mechanic. The hardest part I encountered was the fact that these shocks
have such a high amount of gas pressure. Once you cut the strap that’s
holding them closed, they immediately decompress, and re- compressing
them is no simple task. I found it easier to leave them strapped, mount
the upper shock eye, then jack up the axle housing high enough to connect
the other end of the shock. Then I cut the strap off.