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    Master Mechanic
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    Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

    Default new shocks?

    can anybody reccomend some good longer shocks for the front and rear to go with my leveling kit and add-a-leafs?im wanting to replace my old ones and get rid of those little spacers that came with the new keys.i dont have a whole lot of experience shocks so any help and suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
    2004 Silverado 4x4
    1986 K5 Blazer
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    1992 GMC Jimmy "Blue Bomber"
    4.3L Vortec

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    I highly recommend the Bilstein 5100 or Rancho RS9000XL
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    Bilstein 5100 ^^^^
    99 K1500 Suburban LT "THE BEAST"
    Hypertech III, K&N, true dual

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    I have both brands and I'm happy with both. Bilsteins on the Silverado and RS 9000s on my Toyota Cruiser.

    2004 SILVERADO 2500HD LS
    Pro Comp Leveling Kit
    285-75-16 Cooper ST All Terrains
    Pro Comp Programmer
    Bilstein Shocks
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    Owens Cross Roads, Alabama


    ive heard good things about both.ill look around and see what the best price is.thanks for the help!

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    Best pricing I've seen is on the Bilsteins. I'm looking at upgrading the shocks on mine as well. Had Rancho 9000's on my F150 and they were a great improvement.

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    Jr. Apprentice
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    Alberta, Canada


    Just put a set of bilstein 5100's on my truck, two fronts and shipping on my door for about $260 Canadian.... So quite a bit cheaper in USD. I am very happy with these shocks, my old OEM ones topped out so much after my leveling kit that they blew. no problems so far with these and they ride like a caddy a 4x4 caddy that is lol

    2004 GMC Sierra, Reg cab, Short Box, 4x4, 4.8L.
    K&N Intake, Bilstein shocks, Maxx Cam Leveling Kit, Magnaflow catback Exhaust, Superchips Cortex turner, 33" BFG AT tires.

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    Cool new shocks

    Offroad Unlimited has a Bilstein front and rear shock made for leveled trucks.

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    Hawthorne / Wrightwood Ca.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmiee View Post
    I have both brands and I'm happy with both. Bilsteins on the Silverado and RS 9000s on my Toyota Cruiser.

    Ya know....I have to agree... I have Bilsteins on my Silverado and RS 9000's on my Dodge Ramcharger. I had problems with the RS5000's wheel hopping on the Dodge and after changing to the RS9000's , simply made it dissapear.

    After doing the suspension on mY Silverado, I wouldn't hesitate to reccommend Bilsteins. When I built and raced class two and 9 cars we used only Bilsteins exclusively...and know we weren't sponsered for shocks.... FWIW.
    "You can't fix stupid"

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    How about for a truck that is not lifted. Stock height and springs. I assume they are stock shocks. Red body with black boot on top. This is an 06 Silverado K1500 Z71 with 50K on it. I'm thinking of just freshening up the shocks.

    I found some Bilstein HD shocks. Front - F4-BE5-6500-H0 and Rear - F4-BE5-2905-H1
    for $257 for the set of 4.

    Would that make sense or would you put 5100s on a stock street truck?

    I will tow my car behind it 10 or so times a year. Other than that it will have a pretty easy life.

    2006 Chevy Silverado, 5.3L, Z71, Extended Cab. Tow Mule.
    2002 Chevy Corvette Z06, 5.7L, Slightly Modded. Tow Payload.
    2005 Craftsman Riding Mower, 17hp, light mods.

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