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Old 05-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Going from teraflex shocks --> Bilstein 5100. Big Difference?

Tossing the idea of swapping out my teraflex shocks for the 5100s. I don't have much to compare my current shocks to, so I am trying to figure out if the 5100 is worth the cash to upgrade or if I wont notice a difference.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #2
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This will not help you at all but.....I installed 5100s last week and am happy. Of course this was a replacement of my stock shocks.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:29 AM   #3
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What is the problem with the tf shocks. I have heard that they are great. I ask because I am fixing to get the tf 2.5" with shocks.
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FWIW, I went with 5100's with by Teraflex 2.5 and love them. Unfortunately I cannot speak for the TF shocks.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:51 AM   #5
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What is the problem with the tf shocks. I have heard that they are great. I ask because I am fixing to get the tf 2.5" with shocks.
Theres nothing specifically wrong with them, just trying to figure out if id get a better ride going with the bils. ill get some nose dive with them and the ride is really hars, ill need a replacement set soon. Theres gotta be a reason why everyone pairs the tf 2.5 lift with these shocks instead of the tf ones just seeing if its worth it
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:55 AM   #6
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It may be the billsteins are more popular as they are used in many offroad vehicles outside of jeeps? I dunno.

I admit I went with them as that seemed to be one of the most popular choices. The rancho adjustable shocks seem to be gaining in popularity, followed by TF and Fox

This is just my observation and is not necessarily fact.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:14 AM   #8
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^ If I didn't have to shell out cash for a new carrier a few weeks ago, and if I ddint need a new tie rod, I totally would....
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From what I have read, the Bilsteins ride harder than the Teraflex. I don't have any experience with either of them, this is just based on everything I read about the subject.
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The Bilsteins will be a bit stiffer, but they rebound faster. So, driving over something like a washboard road will be smoother with less squat.
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If the TF are Fox 2.0 then their is a big difference. The TF is much beefier shock. If you sit them side by side the Fox shock looks huge compared to the Blistein. As far as feel. The TF will be stiffer, more truck like and the Blistein will feel more car like. The Rancho shock is another good choose with a better feel then both but closer to the Blistein. If the TF is not the Fox 2.0 then they are softer shocks.
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I work in a 4x4 store and the shocks that we most sell for Jeeps are Billstein and Rancho adjustable shocks to the local Jeep owners. For some weird reason Mexican customers prefer skyjacker shocks alot too
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I work in a 4x4 store and the shocks that we most sell for Jeeps are Billstein and Rancho adjustable shocks to the local Jeep owners. For some weird reason Mexican customers prefer skyjacker shocks alot too
Somewhere there is a Mexican run shop saying "for some reason all these {non-Mexican} guys come in wanting billsteins or ranchos".

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From what I have read, the Bilsteins ride harder than the Teraflex. I don't have any experience with either of them, this is just based on everything I read about the subject.
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I went from the 5100's to TF's and the ride was softer.
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