Interesting. I had been looking at the 5100's for the front and back. Maybe with the Roadmaster Active Suspension right now on the rear, the HD shocks would be a better choice. I mainly want to get rid of the clunk - it always sounds bad when it happens.When you put an airlift kit, air shocks or load levelers on a truck you normally want to put Heavy Duty Monotube shocks on the front to prevent sway.
Here's my suggestion for the Fronts:
Manufacturer: Bilstein Brand: BST HEAVY DUTY
Part Number F4-BE5-B623-H0 $90.85 each
Air shocks are recommended if you are towing to keep the rear of the truck level from the load applied.
Here's my suggestion for the Rears:
Manufacturer: AIRLIFT Brand: Airlift 1000 Air Spring Part Number 59554 $214.33 each
Allows up to 2,000 lbs. of leveling support for towing and hauling.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
The Rancho's are much better than the ProComp's and we carry them - they are made to order, so it's a custom order. You place the order and it'll take 2 weeks to get to us, so you would be looking at 3 weeks to receive them.
No, they can only be mounted one way.Dr, what type of shocks did you purchase?
That would be the Bilstein HD version, part # F4-BE5-B624-HD.
The Bilstein engineers would have valved and built the inside to work one way or the other.
Typically on a shock where the boot is meant to go down, the Bilstein label writing will be right side up, meaning readable. The bottom boot will be an accordion boot. Usually the boot will have 3 small holes in it to let out any moisture or condensation.
There is no performance advantage to mounting the shock incorrectly. It would most likely hurt performance.
Keep in mind that PRG showed a Bilstein 5100 OEM length that collapsed under a ProComp 6" Stage I Spacer. Whatever you get, I would think you'll want it to made for a 6" Lift so you can dump those spacers. Personally, I picked up a small bucket of heavy duty all purpose grease from Home Depot and drenched my Sway Bar Bushings in it and kept the Sway Bar on because it didn't feel right without it.I've got an 07' 4wd with a 6" pro comp lift stage 1. I removed the sway bar because is was making a racket and now the truck has a rolling bounce at highway speeds. What wold be the best (stiffest) shock for me? The Bilsteins F4-BE5-B623-HO look good but your opinion would be appreciated. Also, can that shock be had in a different color? Not too fond of the yellow and blue.
Sorry again for the way this situation turned out. The 5100s did come in off backorder, but because it' such a popular part, all of the stock we ordered of them past the outstanding orders was gone quickly. I obviously don't know anything about the other retailer where you found them, but I can say with almost certainty that their stock order of the parts came in probably on the same day that ours did. We're not lying about not being able to get parts, and we would obviously have been much happier with the whole situation if we could have shipped you your shocks on the day you ordered them. I'm glad to hear that at least you did get the shocks.Thank you shockguys for the quick response. I must admit, if anyone decides to order from shockwarehouse, do yourself a favor and contact shockguys first, I believe he will be up front with you and you won't be waiting for over two months and still not get your parts!!! He offered to send me the HD's, as they are in stock which was fine with me, but I had already cancelled my order and ordered from another vendor that had what I wanted in stock. I can't recommend shockwarehouse, but you might be ok if you deal direct with shockguys...
One other opinion of mine, this "national back order" they keep referring to??? Well I wonder why they have so much trouble obtaining the Bilsteins, I found them in stock from a couple vendors when they've been on "national back order" for months now!!!! Just seems kind of odd to me...