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#144442 - 07/01/02 02:22 PM Blistien 5100's Blow?  
Anonymous
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Hello all, I just got back from my first RV trip with my family. We towed our new camper (6000lbs loaded) 550 miles through the Pocons and the Endless Mountain ranges. I was pleased with the way the Trooper handled it for the most part, it could DEFINITELY use more torque (super charger comming soon). The only thing that gave out was a 5100 series Bilstein shock on the drivers side rear. I tow with all the proper equipment so the toung weight is under 400 lbs. I thought these shocks were the best? any suggestions for a better shock?
Charlie


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#144443 - 07/01/02 06:38 PM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
randii  Offline
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I thought these shocks were the best? any suggestions for a better shock?
They are good shocks... my guess is that the failure was a fluke. Have you considered returning the shock for warranty replacement?

Randii


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#144444 - 07/01/02 09:06 PM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
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I am returning them to ABC aoto parts where I bought them. Bilsteins are on back order and Bilstein cannot say when the replacements would be availible.
The manager at ABC is giving me a full refund on the back shocks and has helped me research an in stock replacement. We have deceided on the Rancho 5000 series, any thoughts?
Charlie


#144445 - 07/02/02 12:49 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
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After much research, I installed Edelbrocks on my '98 Amigo in early May. I'm very pleased with both the ride and handling.

The closest to off road I've done was a short, rough trail to my sisters cabin in 4 wheel low.

Lori


'98 Amigo Softie with V6, 5 speed, 4WD, Superwinch manual hubs, stock wheels, tires & suspension.

#144446 - 07/02/02 07:29 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
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Im looking to get new shocks also. I've heard many bad things about Bilsteins, plus IMO they ride a little too bouncy for my taste.

I plan on getting the 9000's to have the adjustments. All I know about the 5000's are that most people who have them, say they are great, just a little stiff.

HTH,
Ashby


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#144447 - 07/04/02 12:20 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
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I've got RS 5000 shocks on my Jeep. I've had them on since 1995 and they are still a little stiff. When I upgrade the shocks on my Trooper I'm going with RS 9000 so that I don't feel every crack in the road. I don't know how your Bilstiens rode but if you do a lot of highway miles for camping and such IMHO you should go with the 9000s for the softer ride.


#144448 - 07/05/02 05:28 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">Originally posted by TrooperChas:
<strong>We have deceided on the Rancho 5000 series, any thoughts?
Charlie</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helv, Helvetica, Sans">One of the first "mods" to my Amigo was Rancho 5000's all around. After driving on them for 4 years, my advice is to pony up now and get the 9000's. The 5000's are very stiff, especially on a SWB vehicle. Grant it, they are better than the wore out OEM ones they replaced...... but with hindsight being 20/20, I should have went for the adjustability of the 9000's and will the next time around. YMMV


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#144449 - 07/05/02 12:10 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
Anonymous
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Well, I had Rancho 5000's on my 86 trooper and they were terrible.
I personally think you should go with the Pro Comp MX6 ajustable.
that is one awsome shock.
For about the same price as the Rancho 9000's.


#144450 - 07/05/02 04:49 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
Anonymous
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Thanks everyone! I will be installing Tokico Trek Masters on Friday or Saterday. For my application, they seem to be the best bet. Any thoughts on these shocks?
Charlie


#144451 - 07/08/02 05:57 AM Re: Blistien 5100's Blow?  
Anonymous
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TOOO MUUSSHHYY !! I thought the Tokico's would be STIFFER, they are down right floaty. I think I will try the RS9000X next.
Charlie


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