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Still Confused About Shocks

I'm looking to smooth out my street ride as much as possible (smooth is a relative term with my truck, I realize) and am thinking Bilsteins or Fox, but have no clue which models. Are the nitrogen charged shocks that much better? With Fox, they're referring to dual speed compression, etc, etc. I don't want to dump a bunch of cash for something that Sorry for dumb questions, but I literally am clueless about shocks. I took my measurements since the truck is lifted, etc, but would greatly appreciate a little guidance.

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1995 F350 XLT Regency Conversion 4X4, 7.3L Powerstroke. 38" Nitto Mud Grapplers. 6" Suspension Lift, Front Leveling Kit, Bilstein 5125s, Sulastic Rear Shackle Kit, Superchips Programmer, Intake Kit, Down Pipe, Free Flowing Exhaust, Etc.

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Not a shock guru by any means, but I do love my Bilstein 5100 series shocks. They were a noticeable difference on my truck. I have heard good things about the Fox shocks too, but they were not widely known when I did my shock replacement. They are quite a bit more $ than the Bilsteins too.
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I'm running the bilstein 5100 front and 5125 rear for my truck with 37 tire and love them.

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auto, 37/13.5/20 open country, Bushwaker cut-out flare, Bilstein 5100, Maxtow gauges (EGT, Trans temp, Boost), 4 inch diamond eye turbo back axel drop with BTM muffler, S&B intake, RR AIH plug, billet FPR with gold spring, CNCfab Sgt 1 HPOP, CNCfab HPOP line with cross over, CNCfab 4 line fuel kit, ARP heads stud, RDP plenum reinforcing insert, complete CAC intercooler boot kit, full engine seal and gasket kit, 360* turbo rebuilt, WWII, EGPV delete, dark blue CPS, Hydra chip with SDK tunes, Polished compressor manifold, HD coolant, 203* thermostat, Transgo HD kit, Energy suspension bushing kit, front and rear diff fully rebuilt with 4:88 gear ratio, Z36 powerstop heavy hauling brake kit, headlight relay mod, Fumoto drain valve AND STICKER

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Thanks for the reply. Why would you run 5100 up front and the 5125 in the rear? Is it a smoother ride that way as opposed to just buying 4 of either?

I also saw BILSTEIN B8 5165 on a suspension website. It has a separate canister beside the shock. Is that better for a smoother street ride?
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Because of the length. 5100 wouldn't fit so they give me 5125 (universal) with the same valving as the 5100


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F350 2002 7.3

auto, 37/13.5/20 open country, Bushwaker cut-out flare, Bilstein 5100, Maxtow gauges (EGT, Trans temp, Boost), 4 inch diamond eye turbo back axel drop with BTM muffler, S&B intake, RR AIH plug, billet FPR with gold spring, CNCfab Sgt 1 HPOP, CNCfab HPOP line with cross over, CNCfab 4 line fuel kit, ARP heads stud, RDP plenum reinforcing insert, complete CAC intercooler boot kit, full engine seal and gasket kit, 360* turbo rebuilt, WWII, EGPV delete, dark blue CPS, Hydra chip with SDK tunes, Polished compressor manifold, HD coolant, 203* thermostat, Transgo HD kit, Energy suspension bushing kit, front and rear diff fully rebuilt with 4:88 gear ratio, Z36 powerstop heavy hauling brake kit, headlight relay mod, Fumoto drain valve AND STICKER

F350 2008 6.4 (sold)

TT 26' Springdale 2014
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Ahhh. I'm going to go the same route you did. Where did you get them?

1995 F350 XLT Regency Conversion 4X4, 7.3L Powerstroke. 38" Nitto Mud Grapplers. 6" Suspension Lift, Front Leveling Kit, Bilstein 5125s, Sulastic Rear Shackle Kit, Superchips Programmer, Intake Kit, Down Pipe, Free Flowing Exhaust, Etc.

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On my 02 CC LB ( it is not yet loaded in my sig )
I just did an Icon front spring kit 6" and OUO rear traction block kit in the rear ( kept the stock stock springs )
I did Rancho 9000XL shocks and am very pleased. The truck rides awesome ! Better than stock .

I have had the same Rancho 9000 XL on my F550 in my sig for 5 years now. I really am fond of the adjustable settings. My next move would be the Fox adjustable also. I tow a lot and own a construction business, so the adjustable settings is nice .

I will ad that I did purchase Fox Performance steering stabilizers for both those trucks.

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Ahhh. I'm going to go the same route you did. Where did you get them?

I called bilstein and ask them their thought, they had me taken a couple measurements and give me the part number of what to order.

I think i ordered them through summits racing


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F350 2002 7.3

auto, 37/13.5/20 open country, Bushwaker cut-out flare, Bilstein 5100, Maxtow gauges (EGT, Trans temp, Boost), 4 inch diamond eye turbo back axel drop with BTM muffler, S&B intake, RR AIH plug, billet FPR with gold spring, CNCfab Sgt 1 HPOP, CNCfab HPOP line with cross over, CNCfab 4 line fuel kit, ARP heads stud, RDP plenum reinforcing insert, complete CAC intercooler boot kit, full engine seal and gasket kit, 360* turbo rebuilt, WWII, EGPV delete, dark blue CPS, Hydra chip with SDK tunes, Polished compressor manifold, HD coolant, 203* thermostat, Transgo HD kit, Energy suspension bushing kit, front and rear diff fully rebuilt with 4:88 gear ratio, Z36 powerstop heavy hauling brake kit, headlight relay mod, Fumoto drain valve AND STICKER

F350 2008 6.4 (sold)

TT 26' Springdale 2014
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I'll be doing just that. Thanks a lot for your time and help!

1995 F350 XLT Regency Conversion 4X4, 7.3L Powerstroke. 38" Nitto Mud Grapplers. 6" Suspension Lift, Front Leveling Kit, Bilstein 5125s, Sulastic Rear Shackle Kit, Superchips Programmer, Intake Kit, Down Pipe, Free Flowing Exhaust, Etc.

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I'm running the bilstein 5100 front and 5125 rear for my truck with 37 tire and love them.
So I called Bilestein and they said they don't have any shocks that are the length I need compressed or extended. They would fall short by 1/2" in extension, and 1" in compression. He did say that they have reservoir shocks that are for primarily off road applications that are at the lengths I need for mine. He said they may ride better as they cushion more on the bumps. I realize they cost nearly double, but is he correct in what he told me, or what I understood him to tell me?? It seems that could be a good option for maximum ride comfort??
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I installed the 5125s all around and what a difference! Thanks for all the help guys!
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1995 F350 XLT Regency Conversion 4X4, 7.3L Powerstroke. 38" Nitto Mud Grapplers. 6" Suspension Lift, Front Leveling Kit, Bilstein 5125s, Sulastic Rear Shackle Kit, Superchips Programmer, Intake Kit, Down Pipe, Free Flowing Exhaust, Etc.

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