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So I'm chit chatting with the guys that installed my lift today and they mention that the rear Bilsteins had them a little puzzled. He said normally rear shocks about about 3-4 inches of travel in the rear to soak up any hard landings, carry payloads etc. He then went on to say the Bilsteins were very short as compared to most and said he'd guess there was only about 2" of travel after install. He didn't know if this was normal for Bilstein, however cautioned that any serious off road courses would cause the rear to slam against the frame.

Anyone with knowledge of Bilsteins know if they are normally shorter than average shocks in the rear? Should I be concerned with off-road use given the shorter distance of travel? Just wanted to reach out to the forum folks before I call Bilstein for something that is not an issue.
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It is my recollection that the 5100's give two additional inches of travel.
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Meaning they should provide 5 inches of travel because of the extra 2" or they are made to be shorter than the average shock and 2" is normal for the Bilsteins?
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It's been too long. My mind is fuzzy on it. Here's what I could find.

Part Number: 24-187374
Old Part Number: F4-BE5-F813-H0


Series: 5100 Series
Drive Type: 4WD
Position: Rear
Descriptor: Crew Cab Rear Lifted Height: 0-1"
Descriptor: Short Cab Rear Lifted Height: 1"
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*Collapsed Length (IN): 16.75
*Extended Length (IN): 26.73
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What shocks did you install and how high is your lift? It's possible that you have the wrong shocks for the amount of lift height you have which is why you don't have enough travel length.
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I ordered them from Bully's when I ordered the lift kit and everything was shipped together..... they are Bilstein 5100's and I have the Zone 4" lift kit with 3" rear. Also put on 295/65/20s.

From what I can tell the Bilsteins that are on the rear are #24-187374 Typ4 5100 Series.


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What shocks did you install and how high is your lift? It's possible that you have the wrong shocks for the amount of lift height you have which is why you don't have enough travel length.
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Okay that's what I was afraid of... those shocks are for 0-1" of rear lift; essentially a stock height truck. That's why they are not long enough for the amount of lift you have.
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Fantastic..... an email has already been sent to Bully's since they provided the recommendation and I just ordered what I was told would work. I'm sure we'll get this remedied one way or another.

Thanks for the heads up.... I too was afraid of that, however I'm not that savvy when it comes to shocks etc. Thanks again.
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Hey bud what was the correct part number for the rear shocks?
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The part number provided above IS the part number for the rear 5100 series shocks. They only have one version, so there is no right or wrong part number.

I've spoken with Bully's about the issue and here's the stats that have been provided to me. I added only 3" in the rear instead of four. The rear bilstein's provide an extra 1" of travel over stock set up and the Nitro shocks provided with the lift itself provide 1" more travel than the Bilsteins.

Overall, I have not had any issues up to this point with a harsh ride or overly stiff, so I don't think it will be a huge issue. The Nitro shocks only provide an extra 1" of travel over the Bilsteins and I do have a lifetime warranty on the bils....... So, at this given point I'm going to keep the rear the way it is and I'll hang onto the Nitro shocks in the event that I find some reason in the future to switch over to them.

For those of you that have a true 4" lift with 4" rear coils from Zone, save yourself the money because the Bilsteins will not fit in the rear.

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