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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 10:39 AM


Hey! It's a tiny truck......



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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 10:45 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Bob and Susan  
david k...thise leaf springs look TINY

maybe invest in a bigger set ...

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


Bigger stiffer springs generally make for harsher ride. He carries light camping-gear loads, so stock springs probably fine.

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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 10:53 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BigBearRider  
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.


They are if you have a coil over spring like the Tacoma. For my GMC they are not.
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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 11:04 AM


David has the airbags and can add air to adjust for the load he carries. I have an 8 leaf pack from Wheeler on my Tacoma. I seldom drive it when I'm home so the stiffer ride when unloaded is of no concern to me.
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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 11:13 AM


IF and when (long down the road) the Bilstien shocks need rebuilding, the Bilstien factory shop is in Poway CA and the cost is reasonable. They build to custom specs also



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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 11:55 AM


Or just pay $100/each for a new one every 100k miles.



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[*] posted on 7-15-2017 at 12:05 PM


we sure left a trail of blown 5100's on "that" road! (camburg lifted E150) im told the newer generation are sturdier?
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[*] posted on 7-17-2017 at 07:01 AM


Quote: Originally posted by chuckie  
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?


30 years in baja! if that doesn't make one an expert on all things automotive i doubt anything would. i stand corrected!
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[*] posted on 7-17-2017 at 07:20 AM


Expert a t breaking stuff for sure, stay well...



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[*] posted on 7-20-2017 at 06:29 PM


Few years back did the pole line trip with you guys. Had new heavy Duty KYBs on the front of my Nissan Diesel. After the trip both shocks blow out. Have used those shocks on other off road bugs never a problem. So I bought Bilsteins I was disappointed when I opened the new box. They where real wimpy compared to the KYBs.Even the shock shaft way smaller Diameter. Low and behold they work like a million bucks so far so good.
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[*] posted on 7-20-2017 at 07:17 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajatrailrider  
Few years back did the pole line trip with you guys. Had new heavy Duty KYBs on the front of my Nissan Diesel. After the trip both shocks blow out. Have used those shocks on other off road bugs never a problem. So I bought Bilsteins I was disappointed when I opened the new box. They where real wimpy compared to the KYBs.Even the shock shaft way smaller Diameter. Low and behold they work like a million bucks so far so good.


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[*] posted on 7-20-2017 at 10:47 PM


My MX-6 rear adjustable monotube rear passenger side shock blew a seal after running the Pole Line Road with my Jeep loaded down. That $100 shock lasted a full 6 months on the road before one serious off-road trek blew it's seals out. I'd like to try the Rubicon Express monotube resi's made by Bilstein one day... Maybe I can blow them up, too.



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[*] posted on 7-21-2017 at 02:33 AM


Who makes the MX-6?



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[*] posted on 7-21-2017 at 11:18 AM


Quote: Originally posted by chuckie  
Who makes the MX-6?


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