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Old 04-22-2011, 09:17 AM
VegasRanger02 VegasRanger02 is offline
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Default Bilstein 5150- 8" or 10"

Hey everyone, I the lift and shocks etc being shipped to my house right now, and with my Birthday coming up, I am going to get ready to order shocks for the rear of my ranger.

Im set on buying Bilstein 5150's for the rear. I am going to try and scoop up a pair of Sport Trac leaf springs as well (more travel). I will be flipping the hanger and removing the overload spring - so any lift the leaf springs may have given me will mostly be negated (I think..)

I was hoping you guys can help answer this question. What shock will suit my needs best, the 8" or the 10"?

10" will allow for more droop travel- which is good! But will the shock body be too long that my compression travel (from ride height) will be limited? Or will there be decent compression travel. Droop is more important but I do not want severely short compression travel.

8" will have a shorter shock body and should give more compression travel from ride height, but the shorter shaft wont allow for all much droop.

I may even be completely wrong on all of this haha, Im looking for those of you with experience in running longer shocks in the rear stock mounting points. Please keep any answers on the topic of the optimal length bilstein 5150 mounted in stock locations. I know I could always do a bed cage and longer shocks, but I dont want to do that (well i do, but you know how it is haha.. Im keeping it simple.)
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:28 AM
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Default Re: Bilstein 5150- 8" or 10"

I would put some 5100s in the rear as well, running a longer shock on the stock mounts usually ends badly (read: they get crushed the first time your rear end fully compresses). Either way can't wait to see your truck with the lift on it, should look sick.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:41 AM
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Default Re: Bilstein 5150- 8" or 10"

That sounds like sound advice. I think I will get the shorter 5150. I think they even have a 6" but i believe 8" is what I need? If you look at this ranger in this article :

http://www.prerunnermaniac.com/Preru...ner-Ranger.php

It has a massive front long travel kit and in the rear all it has for now is 5150's stock springs and longer shackles on 35's and he is jumping that thing! They note that the rear handles well for what it is, so that is why I want some 5150's just a little more fade resistance and compression travel.

Thanks for the reply. My lift should be mostly here today! Idk when the shocks are being delivered.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:00 AM
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Default Re: Bilstein 5150- 8" or 10"

That ranger is insane, I can't believe he jumps it like that!

Thought a little more about what shocks you'll need for the rear and the ideal thing would be to go ahead and get the springs set up the way you want then measure for your lengths for compressed and extended then you'll know exactly what shock to buy and won't be shooting in the dark.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:09 AM
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Default Re: Bilstein 5150- 8" or 10"

Again, that sounds like good advice. Ill probably be going that route, getting springs first.
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