BajaNomad
Not logged in [Login - Register]
Go To Bottom

Printable Version  
 Pages:  1  
Author: Subject: Bilsteins!
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5143
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 12:28 PM
Bilsteins!


Wow! I put a set of Bilsteins on old Smokey, and what a major change for the better...Now we'll see how they last.......:o.



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
Howard
Super Nomad
****


Avatar


Posts: 1653
Registered: 11-13-2007
Location: Loreto/Manhattan Beach
Member Is Offline

Mood: I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 01:39 PM


How old did you say you are? At our age we don't worry about how long shocks will last! :biggrin:



A man's only as old as the woman he feels. Groucho Marx

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing
George Bernard Shaw






View user's profile
ncampion
Super Nomad
****




Posts: 1061
Registered: 4-15-2006
Location: Loreto
Member Is Offline

Mood: Retired and Loving it

[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 01:49 PM


Well, when you drive on Baja roads a lot, shock life is one of the things us "old guys" can still worry about.

I have always used Bilsteins on my GMC's and they really do make a difference and the life span is not bad at all.

[Edited on 7-15-2017 by ncampion]

[Edited on 7-15-2017 by ncampion]




Living Large in Loreto. Off-grid and happy.
View user's profile
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5143
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 02:20 PM


Smokey has eaten 3 sets of Ranchos in a pretty short time....At around 600 bucks/set...Longer life is important....



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
Barry A.
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 9737
Registered: 11-30-2003
Location: Redding, Northern CA
Member Is Offline

Mood: optimistic

[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 06:57 PM


Had "Bilstein's" on my X-terra for 9 years with no problems, and they work great. On my Ford F-250 4x4 have Bilstein's on the front and KYB's on the rear-------both have been great for over 15 years over many of the dirt roads of Baja with a thousand lb camper on the truck.
View user's profile
BigBearRider
Super Nomad
****




Posts: 1023
Registered: 4-30-2015
Location: L.A., Big Bear, and Punta Chivato
Member Is Online

Mood: :)

[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 08:51 PM


Do you have the offroad/heavy duty Bilsteins?

What kind of bear is Smokey?

I've been looking to replace my rear shocks with Bilsteins for my Baja Buggy.
View user's profile
MMc
Super Nomad
****




Posts: 1429
Registered: 6-29-2011
Member Is Offline

Mood: Current

[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 09:03 PM


I have melted Stock, Bilsteins, Ranchos, and KYB's, it's more the driver then the shock. The Fox's and King"and Radflo have been good, but with the roads getting paved the shocks are less important. A shock that is tuned to your driving and the conditions is a magical thing.



"Never teach a pig to sing it frustrates you and annoys the pig" - W.C.

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.


― Alexandra K.TrenforFields

View user's profile
TMW
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 8631
Registered: 9-1-2003
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-14-2017 at 09:15 PM


I've had Bilstein 5100s on my Tacoma since 2011. I replaced the rears last year due to some oil leaking on the drivers side shock. It still felt good after taking it off but replaced it anyway and the other side too. I think part of the problem with it was that a couple of years ago I broke the top mount off on a Baja dirt road. I've since replaced the spring pack with a better setup and also the bump stops. There is no doubt that a remote reservoir shock is better but the 5100 is an excellent shock.
View user's profile
basautter
Senior Nomad
***




Posts: 503
Registered: 7-1-2013
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 04:18 AM


I put Bilsteins on my 2004 F250 diesel a couple of years ago and it made a huge difference over stock. No more shuddering when stopping quickly on dirt roads!
View user's profile
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5143
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 04:48 AM


Smoky is a 3/4 Ton 4wd Dodge Diesel..which gets a LOT of use as a real truck..I put 5100's on it. Has North of 300,000 miles on it, uses NO oil...Too many trips to Baja to count, Alaska a few times....Last tank topped off (yesterday) 20.6 mpg...



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
Bob and Susan
Select Nomad
*******


Avatar


Posts: 8152
Registered: 8-20-2003
Location: Mulege BCS on the BAY
Member Is Offline

Mood: Full Time Residents

[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 05:54 AM


chuckie...its time to "cash in the chips" and get a new truck

go look at them...new is better...after you cant take it with you...enjoy it today

no did-respect but its time to enjoy the rest of your life




our website is:
http://www.mulege.org
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5143
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 06:08 AM


Nah, Don't think so....If I was enjoying life any more I'd get arrested...



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
BooJumMan
Senior Nomad
***




Posts: 793
Registered: 8-11-2007
Location: San Diego
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 07:06 AM


Similiar experience as TMW... the 5100's have leaked right at the bottom eyelet to oil housing area on several family and friends rigs.





In that pre-Google Earth and social media epoch, The Code was adhered to. It was based on a simple verity: if a locale had been transformational for you, and you had put the hard yards in to get there and to learn it, to know it, why in god�s name would you broadcast the news, thus ruining the future experience not only for yourself, but for future adventurers?
View user's profile
pacificobob
Nomad
**




Posts: 443
Registered: 4-23-2006
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 08:25 AM


i have bilsteins on 3 rigs. i consider them ok shocks... for those who are unable to afford koni or fox.
View user's profile
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5143
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 08:27 AM


Konis are junk...



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
pacificobob
Nomad
**




Posts: 443
Registered: 4-23-2006
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 08:37 AM


this is erudite observation was spawned from all that severe off roading in kansas?
View user's profile
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5143
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 08:45 AM


No it is from seeing Konis fall apart on a number of race cars in 15 or 20Baja races, and from living in Baja for over 30 years...Whats your claim to fame?



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50780
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 08:49 AM


Last year converted the stock Toyota TRD Bilstein shocks with the Bilstein 5100s, all around. The 5100 is quite a bit larger and the front ones are height adjustable (.85", 1.75" and 2.5" possible height adjustment). I got mine set at the first level lift.

The back end has Ride Rite Air Bags installed in place of the factory bump stops. This not only levels the ride, prevents bottoming-out, but can lift the back of the truck several inches. The rear 5100s are perfect for lifting applications for non-racing use.

The Ride Rites normally are inflated to 15 psi. With camping loads, I bump it up to 25-35 psi. It has a max psi of 100, but I think that could cause your axle to crack! No need for that much pressure.

Anyway, the 5100s are inexpensive compared to others yet have served me well, so far with so many thousands of Baja miles this year. I had rear 5100s on my 2005 Tacoma, too.

Old shocks (bad shape):


Air bags installed:




New 5100s




Front shock height adjustment:


An ad, with rounded-out figures:


Front shocks installed:






"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
BigBearRider
Super Nomad
****




Posts: 1023
Registered: 4-30-2015
Location: L.A., Big Bear, and Punta Chivato
Member Is Online

Mood: :)

[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 09:34 AM


Bilstein 5100 appears to be the best option for Mercedes ML w163. I don't think King or Fox make shocks for the car.

I didn't know the front shocks were adjustable.
View user's profile
Bob and Susan
Select Nomad
*******


Avatar


Posts: 8152
Registered: 8-20-2003
Location: Mulege BCS on the BAY
Member Is Offline

Mood: Full Time Residents

[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 10:34 AM


david k...thise leaf springs look TINY

maybe invest in a bigger set ...

those are probably 1200 pound springs...the smallest they make




our website is:
http://www.mulege.org
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
 Pages:  1  

  Go To Top


For high speed satellite internet in Baja call +1.6197170810 - or click here to email sistemassatelitales@hotmail.com



Tijuana Walking Tours - on Meetup.com


 






All Content Copyright 1997- Q87 International; All Rights Reserved.
Powered by XMB; XMB Forum Software © 2001-2014 The XMB Group






"If it were lush and rich, one could understand the pull, but it is fierce and hostile and sullen. The stone mountains pile up to the sky and there is little fresh water. But we know we must go back if we live, and we don't know why." - Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez

"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them or to them." - Malcolm Forbes

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn







Thank you to Baja Bound Mexico Insurance Services for your long-term support of the BajaNomad.com Forums site.







Emergency Baja Contacts Include:

Desert Hawks; El Rosario-based ambulance transport; Emergency #: (616) 103-0262