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Old December 30th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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Bilstein vs Koni

I have a 110 that is soft as shit. I am looking for a good on road driver. I plan on trading out the stock springs with LR heavy duty springs and changing out the shocks. I know the new springs will add an inch to the height, I don't want to raise it any more than that. Bilstein seems to be the easy choice but I like the Koni for the adjustability. Thoughts on this or other options....
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Old December 30th, 2011, 12:27 PM
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I did the same thing to my 110. The genuine hd springs will give you an inch lift over stock but don't be surprised when the truck sits much higher. I am sure your truck is sagging. Mine looked like it got a 2 inch lift when I did it. I also used bilsteins and it was fine. If you look on the ecr site they use them on all their 110s so I figure if it is good enough for them.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 04:21 PM
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Bilstien hands down...last shock you'll ever buy. 100% rebuildable, can change length, valving...
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Old December 30th, 2011, 07:57 PM
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100% rebuildable, can change length, valving...
Does that not depend on the Bilstein model?
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Old December 30th, 2011, 08:16 PM
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whats the Bilstein of choice??
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ok, your right, but if your looking at a Koni shock, the comparable model to that is a Bilstien 7100. The 5100 series shocks are valved to light fro a Land Rover, even a 90. Price wise, the 7100's are only 25 buck more than the Koni's listed for 90's...
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Do they ha e heim joints or work with the stock mouth ts
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ok, your right, but if your looking at a Koni shock.....
There are a lot of Koni shocks as well, all very different.

Just saying Bilstein versus Koni can get very misleading. You need to look at individual models.

The 5100/7100 are not the "normal" Bilstein shocks that Joe Bloe would buy as a direct replacement. Those would be the B4 or B6 (4600) which are not revalvable.
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bilsteins

I belive all the heavy duty Bilsteins are re-valveable but you would have to know what you want as your compression and rebound rates. They are located a stone through from my house, so I have taken a set of used Bilsteins over to their factory/warehouse to be rebuilt. They also dyno tested another manufacturers shock for me to give me the specs of those shocks in order for me to purchase a set of Heavy Duty ones and have them valved accordingly.

If you buy the heavy duty bilsteins new you get the life time warranty with them. The only problem with that is that you would have to find a replacement or not drive the vehicle when the shocks are getting rebuilt.

I have run the bilsteins on both OME and direct stock replacement springs and find them to be a great ride and will continue to purchase that product.

I have no experience with Koni.s
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There are a lot of Koni shocks as well, all very different.

Just saying Bilstein versus Koni can get very misleading. You need to look at individual models.

The 5100/7100 are not the "normal" Bilstein shocks that Joe Bloe would buy as a direct replacement. Those would be the B4 or B6 (4600) which are not revalvable.
Does anyone know the part numbers for the 5100 and 7100 series Bilsteins for a stock '93 110?
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Just go on the shock warehouse site. It comes right up.
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Doesn't shock warehouse give a discount for d-90 members?
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Old January 1st, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Yes call.

I just got four for 285 shipped
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Do they also have the springs?
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No I went to rn for that
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What was the total price for springs from RN and shocks from shock warehouse? RN has the heavy duty kit for 599.

Also I went to shock warehouse and the did not have those shocks show up for me 83 110. They were Rancho that showed up?
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Just go on the shock warehouse site. It comes right up.
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/index....cted_year=1995

Looks like 4600 Bilsteins to me. Correct me if I'm wrong but 5100/7100 require modified mounts, do they not?
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