BILSTEIN 5100 series are designed specifically to help your lifted truck, Jeep or SUV reach its pinnacle in ride performance, while supplying the correct tuning and length for your specific lift.
I knew I had to replace my shocks on my 97 Jeep Wrangler. As asked some members from a Jeep Club I belong to and I received a few different suggestions, overall Bilstein's seem to be a popular choice. After further research Bilstein 5100 Series was the consensus...I am extremely happy with my choice.
I have a sport jk that had new rubicon oem takeoffs on a 3” teraflex lift and 34” bfgs. This was a big difference over stock. A year later after saving I replaced them w the bilsteins... even better. Combined with the new stabilizer the ride is so much better. Have not taken them off road yet so I cant comment on that yet. Definitely recommend
Really like the gas charged shocks. Big improvement in ride quality.
Got 2011 wrangler with 2"lift and 315 70/r17 tires. Made a big change in ride quality and side to side sway.
Put them on and went straight off road. Handled everything I could throw at them and did great. Smooth ride on & off road.
Installed on a '93 YJ with a SOA. dramatically improved the ride. Only complaint is there werent any instructions on how to tighten the top nut w/o the piston spinning. I used vice grips to grip the shock boot lip (cushioned with a glove in between to help keep it from damaging) and the tightened the top bolt. It did leave a small mark (not visible with boot pulled up). Afterwards a buddy told me that I could have used an Allen wrench on the top and then tighten the nut. Jus wished that was in the instructions.
Bit of a challenge to install, but not real hard. It's easier if you have 2 people. Removing the old rear shocks was really the hardest part as bolt rust easy there. Tip, installing new ones you can use a ratchet strap to compress the shock to get it in there. Felt a bit better on road that the what I replaced it with. Then I took it going about 30mph down a bumpy dirt road... wow what a difference! Can actually cruise down that now without getting majorly knocked around.
Bilsteins are great shocks but their instructions are garbage. After 20 minutes of trying to install the front shocks i realized there is an allen wrench nut spot so you can get the bolt to tighten. It would be nice if they included the allen wrench so you would get the idea
Overall the install on the front took about 3 hours for both sides. It is a little harder to install on the passenger side due to the access of the top of the shock is blocked by the battery and power distribution panel. Anyone using this product will not be disappointed in the performance of the shock. My Jeep is up about 2.5" over factory and handles better than the stock ride.
Easy to install. They are good on washboard roads. Not the best shocks out there, but the best bang for your buck.
When it says 3-4in lift, does that mean suspension, body or just overall lift?
Asked by Matthew from on
Matthew, when buying the Bilstein 5100 Series Shock Absorber, you only take the suspension lift height in to account, and leave any type of body lift out of the equation.
Answered by Sara H. Ext 4874 from on
What is the difference between Bilstein shock 33-186887 and Bilstein shock 24-186995?
Asked by Zortnik from Temecula on
Hi Zortnik The 5100 Series Front Shock Absorber BIL24-186995 is a front shock and the BIL24-186995 is a rear shock. Thanks
Answered by LWiff Ext 4804 from Temecula on
I own a 93 YJ with a 1in. suspension lift and a 2in. body lift, would the Bilstein 5100 shock fit my Jeep? Ive noticed that the picture in your catalogue shows the top attachment with a loop upper stud, where as your picture on this site shows the single screw mount stud I need. Does that mean the picture of the one on your site will fit a 1in. suspension lift? If this shock will NOT fit, what shock do you recommend (that doesn't have a reservoir)
Asked by Jason from Hamilton,NY on
Jason, the Bilstein 5100 Series Shock Absorber is not the correct shock for the rear of your Jeep. This shock is rated for a 3-4" suspension lift. Body lifts do not come in to play with shock lengths. With a 1" lift, you would be looking at the 4600 series.
Answered by Sara H. Ext 4874 from Hamilton,NY on
While the ThyssenKrupp Bilstein Company began as a German enterprise, Bilstein shocks are developed and manufactured in Hamilton, Ohio. Bilstein develops and fabricates premium quality monotube shock absorbers directly for automobile manufactures, aftermarket outfits and motorsports applications. The precision and craftsmanship in manufacturing that fueled company growth in Germany were brought straight to the factory in Hamilton, Ohio. The factory includes an engineering department, rigorous shock testing facility and a motorsports track. The track allows the engineers to tweak their designs in response to real world testing during development. The rigorous testing allows for designs to go through a machine simulated life of a shock absorber in all kinds of terrain conditions. The resulting products promise the highest in performance. Shop Bilstein Now