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Old 03-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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Bilstein shock question

I really like the bilstein 5100 shocks for my tj with a 3inch lift but was wondering if I needed anything else to install them? Or they just go right in? Also looked at eBay and amazon and price ranges from $50-90 per piece! Any differences? Seems to be the same shock...

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Old 03-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Mine are great so far. I have them for a 4" lift.

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Old 03-22-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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I have the 5100s for mine in 4" and love them. Just make sure to get the ones specifically valved for the tj's as they eill provide the best ride. they will bolt right in, did mine in less then an hour for all four.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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Is it one shock rear and front or theyre specific? And thanks guys il def go with bilsteins always good reviews for them.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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Oh jeep_guy3 do you have to lift the jeep when you replace them yourself? Or should have a shop do it?
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #6
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Oh jeep_guy3 do you have to lift the jeep when you replace them yourself? Or should have a shop do it?
Shocks are different front vs rear. No need to lift the jeep when replacing shocks.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:00 PM   #7
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Shocks are different front vs rear. No need to lift the jeep when replacing shocks.
I thought so thanks jrussblues
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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Is it one shock rear and front or theyre specific? And thanks guys il def go with bilsteins always good reviews for them.
They'll be specific front and rear, I went to bilstiens website and looked up the part numbers for the jeep tj and the size lift I had.

And no need to lift the jeep. It's a total of three bolts per shock up front (one on top and two on the bottom) and three per shock out back actually (one on the bottom and two on the top). Just pull it in your garage or driveway and start taking off the bolts.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #9
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Wow you made it sound really easy jeep_guy3 I'll def try it myself in my driveway. And yes I found the rear ones on eBay for $50 a piece but having a hard time for the fronts. Where did you get yours?
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:31 PM   #10
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The top bolts on the rear are a little bit of a PITA to reach but if you have a socket with extension you'll be fine, I've heard lots of guys breaking those bolts off due to rust, and in turn having to drill them out, I soaked mine in PB and didn't have any problems.

I found mine on eBay from a private seller that ordered the wrong ones for his jeep and they happened to be the ones I needed, brand new in box.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:47 PM   #11
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Haha wish I had your luck on finding them like that, but yes I agree on the PB makes the job a breeze
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:50 PM   #12
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Living in Washington means not alot of snow and they don't salt when it does, so I don't have near the rust problems most guys seem to have. But anytime I do a project with bolts that appear to have some rust, I PB them for a couple days before hand.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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My local 4x4 shop, that I trust, has started having to quote ball park numbers on lifts because of the labor required to remove the upper shock bolts. The owner told me that tj's in general are just getting older and there's no telling what you will run into. If you're in Florida you don't have road salt, you have salt air, which is probably worse. I would start spraying them with pb blaster now.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:09 PM   #14
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The rear uppers to be specific.
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And it looks like you're in new York, not Florida as your name would imply. My bad.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #16
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E-shocks sells em for $315 shipped. 4wd hardware has a deal going on for $299 but not sure if it's free shipping or not.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:51 PM   #17
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I got mine from 4wheelparts for 299 shipped
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:10 PM   #18
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Yes I'm in NY so we get alot of snow except this year was abnormal with no snow at all but yeah it's usually very salty on the road here. I'll PB them once I put the order in. Found fronts for $90 each shipped on google shopping

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