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Old August 10th, 2016, 04:17 AM
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Bilstein shock failures

Just an FYI for those looking to buy bilstein shocks.

The top sheared off mine probably not helped by running 2inch lower shock mounts. The shocks were only a couple of months old.

Jimmy sheared the top off and the rod punctured his tub.

The warranty response from bilstein was non-existent.

Seems to be a common failure.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 04:36 AM
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Old August 10th, 2016, 06:16 AM
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Had the same issue on OME once, but they were very responsive and overnighted replacement to Moab.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 06:27 AM
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Had it happen to an OME twice, once on my truck and once on a friends truck, Ome replaced the shocks very quickly.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 06:39 AM
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My only issue has been their crap bushings that seem to compress and rattle around after a few years. I had one fail probably due to my bump stops not being a proper size. I agree, I called to discuss and they were defensive off the bat. When new they're great though. Nothing beats that feeling of new shocks, springs and tires combo.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 07:13 AM
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You added 2" lower top mounts. Did you add 2" longer bumpstops? Did you cycle the suspension without the spring in place to check whether there was actually room for the shock to compress fully without bottoming out?

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Just an FYI for those looking to buy bilstein shocks.

The top sheared off mine probably not helped by running 2inch lower shock mounts. The shocks were only a couple of months old.

Jimmy sheared the top off and the rod punctured his tub.

The warranty response from bilstein was non-existent.

Seams to be a common failure.
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I have had three ome's fail in the same fashion. I welded the top hat back on and put the shock back on. When re-installed i tightened the nut down until the washer contacted the bushing rather then completely down to the shoulder on the mount. Haven't had an issue in 2.5 years!
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Had it happen to an OME twice, once on my truck and once on a friends truck, Ome replaced the shocks very quickly.
I had an old Bilstein break; I'm pretty sure I was with you on Big Levels trail when it happened!
It was a rear on the Hunter, right at the top/loop.

I welded it back together the next day and it lasted several more years.

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You added 2" lower top mounts. Did you add 2" longer bumpstops? ?
When mine broke, it was essentially a stock height truck.

When I put any lift on, I use some 1.5x3" box steel and weld it to the bumpstops to add the correct length.


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You added 2" lower top mounts. Did you add 2" longer bumpstops? Did you cycle the suspension without the spring in place to check whether there was actually room for the shock to compress fully without bottoming out?


Mine has mount extensions on the lower portion of the shock mount and I also have extended bump stops. I'm pretty sure the shock were stock length and I also had taller springs fitted. Jason is referring to the cheaper yellow Bilsteins, not 7100s. I swapped all of my stuff out for OME.
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pics of the shocks puncturing through your tub?

That's crazy...
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pics of the shocks puncturing through your tub?

That's crazy...

I'll try to take one tonight. Its more of a dent with a slight tear. I'm just going to put some sealant over it to prevent water ingress.
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I'll try to take one tonight. Its more of a dent with a slight tear. I'm just going to put some sealant over it to prevent water ingress.
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I went to have my 7100s revalved and after days and days of trying to get ahold of someone at Bilstein in southern Cali, somebody finally called me back. I asked what the deal was and he told me that Bilstein off road in the US is basically 2 guys in the back of a warehouse in SOcal. All of their support goes to their road racing products. Off road is an after thought in this market, which is weird to me. Might have changed in the past 2 years but I switched to Fox and like them much better. Not to mention they revlave for free in the first 90 days or whatever and their customer support is great.
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I just replaced two 7100's for 0psi. Have not had a chance yet to take them apart to rebuild and determine the cause. But will.
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Remote Res? I wouldn't bother next time around, they all bleed down for whatever reason. I was loosing 50 PSI per shock a year. Basically when the snow would melt, I'd pull them all off and take it to a motorcycle/mtn bike shop and have them fill it with nitrogen.
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never a issue with the 7100's...Eshocks.com is your friend, they have all the parts, normally in stock.

loosing pressure is normally the schrader valve. Remote res is a little blingy, but if you carry a ton of shit, they do make a difference because they are less likely to fade on long runs
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My 7100 broke but I did something stupid to break it
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