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Old 04-16-2021, 09:39 AM   #1
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Shocking question???

Looking for advice regarding shocks for my truck. I know this has probably been beat to death in this forum but I've had no success using the search function. 2012 Ram 3500 SRW with no mods pulling 5er toy hauler that'll probably max out at 11,000 lbs. Often tandem pulling 17ft walk-thru type alumn boat. So, chiefly looking for opinions on what brands to stay away from or look for. TV is a daily driver seldom loaded heavily but I'm not put off by a stiff ride. Really don't think I need to bag it. Thanks folks! Your opinions carr a lot of weight with me (pun intended)
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:33 PM   #2
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Bilstein 4600 series if stock height, 5100 series if not
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:33 PM   #3
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Bilstein or KYB does good on heavy towing.

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Old 04-17-2021, 05:44 AM   #4
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don't over think this , Bilstein 4600 lifted or stock doesn't matter. Overstock size tires is your only question if you would move up to the 5100 shock. They both ride smooth without harsh ride.
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Old 04-17-2021, 09:06 AM   #5
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I went with Bilstein's 5100 series shocks for my Dodge truck. Why? I could not see putting Yellow and Blue colored shocks on a silver and black trim truck. As stated above either Bilstein shocks will work.

I purchased my shocks from "Geno's Garage. COM" they have the best prices and our a dedicated Dodge/Ram truck parts supplier.
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Old 04-17-2021, 09:08 AM   #6
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I just switched to Bilstein after 65k on my stock shocks. It firmed up the ride for sure.

It is noticeably firmer, but not bad, when empty, but I am sure they will settle in. Only have a couple thousand miles and won't be pulling my big trailer with it anytime soon since I got a new tow vehicle.
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Really want to thank y'all. I was wondering if the Blistein's were worth the extra money. Seems to be a popular choice here. I've put Rancho shocks on a F350 long box crew cab before and while I had no problems with them while towing a different 5er they weren't exceptional either. My Ram is completely stock and no plans to change that. I do run 285s rather than 265s but I don't see as that would affect shock choice. I'll get on line today and try to sort out KYB vs Blistein. Thanks again. Your opinions have value!
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Your comment about not adding air bags started to make me wonder. You aren't expecting a different or heavier duty shock will control the ride height are you?
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Old 04-18-2021, 10:38 AM   #9
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LETMEGROW.... No, my ride height is great right where it is now and not expecting to increase load capacity. I've had no problems with the OEM shocks but would like to go to a shock that would "smooth out" some hi-way/interstate uneveness that we get in my neck of the woods. I know checking my right foot is the best way to control this and I'm on top of that but it's the sneaky ones that makes ya cuss!
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I run Bilstein's 5100's on my 2nd Gen. I also run Bilstein's on all my other vehicles. Their reputation is great. When I get asked why I went with Bilstein's, I always point out how everyone compares their shocks to Bilstein's. My thought is if everyone is trying to compare themselves to Bilstein's, why not just get the Bilsteins?
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Old 04-23-2021, 08:36 AM   #11
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Just pulled the trigger on Bilstein 4600 front and back plus steering damper. Suppose to be here early next week. Will update on install and un-loaded ride as 5er isn't ready to pull yet.
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Old 05-01-2021, 09:31 AM   #12
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Well, shocks got here so watched several pertinent you tube vids and found install to be a fairly straight forward procedure. I've done shocks before and this seemed no different. I gathered up all the needed tools and crawled under the truck. About 5 minutes in I found out my old wore out rotator cuffs in my shoulders wouldn't tolerate that kind of abuse anymore so elected to have a local shop install them for me. $250.00 bucks later they're on. Really improved handling and ride especially when driving over severely washboarded gravel road. Lesson learned from this is I ain't as young as I thought I was but $250.00 will buy a whole darn bunch of Tylenol
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��Glad you liked the shocks. And $250 buys enough booze and pills to make you forget what a rotator cuff is.
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