Blown Bilstein front shock

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  1. HoosierJeeper

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    Another blown Bilstein...probably my 4th one but first front one. Has about 80-90k on it. What else is good for the front shocks? OME? Ironman?
     
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    OME

    never had a Bilstein blow in all the lifts we've done here at my place

    What are you doing to them poor things LOL
     
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    I'm glad I went Ome in the front.
    Even on hard trails with front end bouncing around, I thought I may have to replace them.
    Years later they still perform well.
    HJ are you out playing dukes of hazzard? ;)
     
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    Always used OME on CRDs but never had any issues with them on a gasser
    Running a set of Bilsteins on the 05 now with 925 OME springs
     
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    And are you running boots or not? I always thought boots just kept crap in.

    Rockauto says they have some Rancho RSXs in stock, those might be worth a shot. Just trying to decide if I want to pony up for OMEs or not because that'll deplete the Rene lift fund....
     
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    They stopped making the RSX line back in 2007 or 2008 wonder how they have some ??
    strange

    I ran two different setups with the RSX shocks, loved them
    I see the RS line on RockAuto but not the RSX's
    RS is about the same as a Monroe shocks , cheap if you are selling in next couple of months
     
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    I see they offer a Bilstein 5100 with adjustable ride height. I didn't know they made such a thing. Wonder if that would be good, or about the same as adding a preload spacer to the spring? If you mount it up with a ome spring wouldn't you just reduce negative travel making your Jeep ride like poo?
     
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    I would never mix a lift spring and that type of shock, I think it would make it ride like poo
    PLUS shocks are nor or ever have been designed to provide lift, now granted some like the Monroe Load levelers that are made with a coilover type spring do provide extra hauling capacity and some height they are designed as such. Those Bilsteins have been out quite a while now, but you do not here much about them on any vehicle
     
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    They have rs5000x and 9000xl rear
    And bilsteins

    Whats wrong with the 5100s with the adjustable height? I have that same type on our 08 WK and they are fantastic. Levels out tye factory rake Screenshot_20200404-090929.png
     
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    Guessing i have to repeat myself LOL
    Yes as I posted they have the RS line, which are a cheaper grade shock but NOT the RSX which was a shock on par with the Bilsteins and OMEs we all use
    Those front adjustable shocks maybe OK for a while but I would never run or promote them in any way
    shocks were never designed to provide any lift, they are only there to control bounce , springs provide the height/lift etc
    I suppose on a grocery getter driven a few miles a year to the mall they would last but .......................................

    Guessing we need a class on suspensions, shocks, springs etc soon.

    Oh and if you buy into the whole adjustable shock thing there are tons of manufacturer vids that say what they are doing is the very best LOL, I want to see them do a 100,000 mile long term test on real roads
     
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    HJ I suppose it is a personal preference however I decided to use the boot.
    I guess it does protect & besides, I thought it looked cool ! (ha ha)
    [​IMG]
     
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    I used to run the boots on all of mine
    But no more, haven't on the 03 since its been lifted ( over 60,000 miles now ) with no issues
    of course the adjustable coilovers never came with boots at all
    which on the 04 been over 120,000 miles
     
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    Yes!!!!!!
     
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    tommudd said:
    Tom, you could do a Zoom or YouTube series answering common lift questions. That would be awesome.
    - What’s the best lift?
    - Why not a spacer lift?
    - What size tires can I run?
    - Should I use wheel spacers?
     
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    I was going through my notes/texts/ manuals etc and wow, I could do 4-5 hours easily LOL
    Have never done YouTube , but with my wife becoming a " Zoom " expert now teaching several classes a week at the University, maybe she could teach an old dog some new tricks!
     
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    While I think this is a cool idea, you're likely to only get those of us who are willing to do the research and find answers also being the only ones watching. I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.
     
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    Tim needs to start a new thread and poll to convince Tom that there are many of us who are interested in learning more of his gospel. :D
     
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    I'm down!!!!

    Update: allegedly these have a lifetime warranty so I emailed Marlin to see what do to.
     
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    ????? Why would Tim start a new thread ??? Confused
     
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    Yes they do that is how I got my rear 5100s
    also the coilover rear shocks some of us ran/run, they are lifetime as well or used to be. I have two new sets here that I got that way