Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by olyelr » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:07 pm

MOPARManiac wrote:No, it is a good thing or No it is a bad thing?

I would assume that they should have increased travel on the flip side.

I was wondering about the bottoming out issue. So should a longer bump stop be used?
If you get a shock with more collapsed length, you should surely measure the minimum collapsed length needed when on you bumpstops to assure you wont be using your new shock as a bumpstop. They wont last long doing that haha.
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Post by MOPARManiac » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:11 pm

Agreed, I am probably overthinking this. I ordered the sizes that are in the kit listed on 8Lug Truck Gears sight and that is what Juday used so I'm thinking they should be the correct size. I will be curious when I get them installed and will check it out because Curiosity killed the cat and all that......
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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by Juday » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:45 am

I'm still here, just not as active as I once was in the past!

So far, I still really like the shocks, especially for the money! I've noticed the rears are a little stiffer than the stockers, but throw a few hundred pounds back there and it rides like a dream! I wouldn't hesitate to order them again, if that's what you're asking.

I haven't noticed any issues with the shocks bottoming out, but then again, I don't drive the truck like a maniac. The times I do flex the suspension, it's usually on the job site and going across tracks made by the off road haul trucks, or a dozer. I take it nice and slow off road. :)
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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by MOPARManiac » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:22 pm

Thanks for the update, I appreciate it.
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Post by Cactus Red » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:41 pm

Having had both 5100's and Fox shocks, I'd say they both are good.

But, in this case, more $$$ does get you better equipment. Fox shocks can be rebuilt for $65.00, and if desired, the valving changed too.

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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by TommyG » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:08 am

Cactus Red wrote:But, in this case, more $$$ does get you better equipment. Fox shocks can be rebuilt for $65.00, and if desired, the valving changed too.
Is this DIY or sending them in to Fox?
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Post by Colibri » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:27 am

Depends on your comfort level lol
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Post by PWRider » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:48 am

so it $75 new shock v $65 rebuilt.
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Post by Ducky's Dad » Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:19 pm

Fox shocks can be rebuilt for $65.00,
Be careful if you are planning to rebuild them later. As I understand it, Fox has two lines of shocks, one with aluminum tubes and one with steel tubes. The aluminum ones are not rebuildable. My take is that unless you have fairly expensive shocks on your truck, it may not be worth rebuilding them because of the time it takes to R&R shocks twice if you put on an old set while the good set is being rebuilt, or the time the truck is out of service while it sits on stands with no shocks in it. I kept my factory shocks in a box, just so I'd have something to put on the truck while my Foxes are being rebuilt, if I ever get to that point.

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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by MOPARManiac » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:30 pm

PWRider wrote:so it $75 new shock v $65 rebuilt.
Pretty much.

For what those things cost new I have no problem buying the disposable shocks ever 5 or 6 years. I just can not justify spending that much on shocks. I got my new ones delivered today. Pretty impressed, I wasn't expecting them until next week. I still have sliders to mount before I can mount the shocks. I then have oil to change, tires to rotate, and front/rear diff fluid to change. The Subaru needs the oil changed this weekend as well. The Quad needs oil changed, front/rear diff fluid changed and probably a new belt on top of that. The Durango needs oil and spark plugs changed.

Sometimes I feel like my chores at home are a full time job. :shock:
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Post by MOPARManiac » Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:57 pm

The left, front shock is a PITA to replace. Between the battery tray and master cylinder it is a very tight fit to get the tower/shock out and the new one in. Of course in the Chrysler's Engineers infinite wisdom they have damn near everything under the hood attached to the battery tray (only a little sarcastic).
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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by MOPARManiac » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:19 pm

Went for a drive both on pavement and dirt. I am very impressed with these shocks, big difference from the stock Bilsteins. It's a more solid feel and when turning I can feel the road/tires much more. I am curious to see how they do when I tow.
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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by DevilDoc » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:28 pm

I just did the 5100 on my 2018. It’s sock height. These are the rear.
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These are the fronts and they are shorter than the OEM.
I did a quick lap around in it after the swap and it actually feels more soft and a little sloshy when I shimmy the wheel. We will see if it gets better.


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Post by DevilDoc » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:30 pm

I just did the 5100 on my 2018. It’s sock height. These are the rear.
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These are the fronts and they are shorter than the OEM.
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I did a quick lap around in it after the swap and it actually feels more soft and a little sloshy when I shimmy the wheel. We will see if it gets better.


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Post by DevilDoc » Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:43 pm

Did the 5100s today
Fronts are shorter than oemImage

Rears
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When I test drove after instal I wasn’t impressed with how awesome they were like a lot of other people. Seems softer and sways more when I shimmy the wheel while driving. Maybe it will get better as I go. I sure hope so.


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Post by Bill2014 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:31 am

So those were shorter than stock on both front and rear? :(
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Re: Bilstein 5100, or Fox 2.0 Shocks?

Post by Mule007 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:39 pm

Agree w MOPAR maniac on performance. Not sure of your truck’s set up but upgraded mine to the Bilstein 2 5100’s front & back. Noticeable improvement over the old Bilstein 4600’s (which was 2nd set @ +/- 145,000) due to budget constraints. Shop did not advise of any length differences though.
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