View Full Version : Shock Absorbers: Bilstein vs. KYB vs. OEM


Art From De Leon
07-10-2010, 03:37 PM
When it comes time to replace the tires on my pickup, I intend on replacing the front shocks for certain, and perhaps the rear ones (although I feel that since the pickup is never loaded, the rear shocks should last forever, since they aren't cycling that much).

Anyhow, I have always replaced the OEM shocks with Bilsteins, and have been happy with the service I got out of them, but I have never kept a prior vehicle as long as what it appears that I will be keeping this one, ie, forever.

For some reason, I have got to thinking about a set of KYB for the replacements, although they are priced about $25 per shock less than the Bilsteins.

I probably would not replace the original Ford shocks with Ford replacements, as I do not think Ford offers a 'lifetime' warranty.

I would also have considered KONI, but it seems that they do not make shock absorbers for this vehicle, but they do make them for my GE locomotive.

Again, TIA
Art

sammm
07-10-2010, 03:50 PM
In the autocross world, I'd take Koni's over KYB's or Billie's in a minute. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the 3 on a 'regular' truck.

My choices would probably be Koni > Billie > KYB if the price difference wasn't big.

koditten
07-10-2010, 03:51 PM
This is one of those things that has bothered me for years. On my '98 Tacoma I replaced the factories at 80k. After that it seems I need to change them every 35k. The first set were OEM. The last 4 times I have used Gabrial from AutoZone. They are free replacement for lifetime. I am starting to feel guilty because I warrenty them out every 18 months.

It does not seem to make any difference between OEM and Gabrial. The shocks and Struts still only last 35K. I did antisieze all the fasteners because I know that I will be replacing the shock/struts in a year and a half.

Every time I replace these parts it only gets cheaper. I figure the cost of the shocks is down to around 4 bucks each, seeing how I keep getting free replacements.

Steve in SoCal
07-10-2010, 04:19 PM
Art,

Just because you don't carry a lot of weight in the bed is not a good reason to think the rear shocks are still fine. I would go with Bilstein or OE, I have never liked the ride with KYB. Most shocks on light duty vehicles have a 60~80K life span. If you keep the truck forever the few dollars you save will be long forgotten so get the most comfortable shocks.

Steve

NUTTSGT
07-10-2010, 04:22 PM
How makes the OE shocks for Ford ?

y20dth
07-10-2010, 04:25 PM
How makes the OE shocks for Ford ?

The lowest bidder.

cdent
07-10-2010, 04:28 PM
Of those choices, I'd go with the Bilstein shocks. For a more bargain set, Moroe matic are decent. Maybe do the backs also.

mcdtommy23
07-10-2010, 04:35 PM
FWIW my Chevy Trailblazer had Bilsteins from the factory.

Ford12508
07-10-2010, 05:03 PM
FWIW the lightning comes with Bilstein 5100s from the factory I believe. The question is did you get the lowest end bilsteins, or decent ones?

Art From De Leon
07-10-2010, 05:33 PM
FWIW the lightning comes with Bilstein 5100s from the factory I believe. The question is did you get the lowest end bilsteins, or decent ones?

From how I interpreted the applications in the Bilstein catalog, the 5100 series are only available for vehicles with non-stock ride height.

The ones I have always used are the yellow ones, not the silver/chromed ones.

I don't really care for the smooth blue boot, the accordian style boot looks better, IMHO.

Ford12508
07-10-2010, 05:37 PM
If you are driving an F-150, you can stick 5100s in the read, but not the front, depending on the year. I know my Expedition takes 5100 rears and the HD models up front.

fr0mastaj
07-10-2010, 05:42 PM
I've generally replaced with and recommend KYB to friends. They have served me well and are very affordable if you shop around. I usually buy my shocks from www.ajusa.com, they are the cheapest i've found (atleast for japanese sedans).
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mrsleeve
07-10-2010, 06:13 PM
Art stick with the Billies and call it a day. Its the only thing I will put on trucks and SUV's.

GTO
07-11-2010, 03:33 AM
You should check out Edlebrock's IAS shocks,they are pretty reasonbly priced and "Made in USA" too.

d33pt
07-11-2010, 04:41 AM
I am running OME shocks in the front of my truck and bilsteins in the rear. this is on a truck that sees offroad duty. on my street truck, i have kyb gas-a-just shocks and after 100k miles, they still seem to be good. no complaints. cheap too.

tatra
07-11-2010, 04:52 AM
art , are you working on locomotives now?..............

Torque1st
07-11-2010, 05:04 AM
Art- If you are racing a truck use the $$$ "racing" brand shocks. Otherwise use a decent Monroe shock upgrade over OEM style and forget about it. Spend the money you save on other toys. Always use A-Seize on shock bolts etc.

:beer:

Art From De Leon
07-11-2010, 10:32 AM
art , are you working on locomotives now?..............

No, but if I ever buy one, and it needs shocks, KONI makes them.

dkroth
07-11-2010, 10:51 AM
I always use Bilstein.

In 2008 when I was doing the shocks/struts on my Honda Odyssey I chose KYB as Bilstein doesn't make parts for that van. One year later I changed out the KYB and went back to OE Honda parts. The KYB's were clunking and groaning like crazy. One data point, but it has soured me to them.

aar0s
07-11-2010, 11:02 AM
I put a set of kyb's on my mustang after i lowered it and they seem to work alright, didn't have the money for bilstein or koni but if i had to do it over again it would be one of those two. Guy i work for had some tokico 5 way adjustable on his 93 mustang cobra, those were sweet.

IDASHO
07-11-2010, 11:04 AM
How makes the OE shocks for Ford ?

As far as I know Monroe makes many of them.


I stick to Monroe Sensatrac struts for cars, and have always gone OEM for my truck shocks.

Leeroy254
07-11-2010, 04:27 PM
I'm running Tokico HP series on my Mustang and love them.

crewchief888
07-11-2010, 07:37 PM
i ran KYB's on my lifted toyota 4x4 i put them on in '82, they were still on the truck the last time i saw it in '98.
for a stock height truck on the street i think i'd go with monroe, on lifted trucks either rancho or superlift.

:beer:

glntom
07-11-2010, 07:42 PM
Even my wife runs Bilsteins, I have them on all my vehicles including my street stock dirt track monte carlo. IMHO anything else is money down a well.

boiler7904
07-11-2010, 09:13 PM
What's the general opinion of Rancho RS5000 series shocks? I'm due to replace the shocks on my truck in a month or two. I'm considering them or Bilstein HDs. My truck is generally used for daily commuting, occasional heavy payloads, and rarely subjected to towing.