Installing Bilstein Shocks:

Installing Bilstein Shocks:

This is a discussion on Installing Bilstein Shocks: within the F150 Ecoboost Suspension forums, part of the F150 Ecoboost Garage category; I am thinking of installing Bilstein's B6 -4600 on my F-150. The truck is stock except for a Helwig rear stabilizer. After doing some checking ...

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    Installing Bilstein Shocks:

    I am thinking of installing Bilstein's B6 -4600 on my F-150. The truck is stock except for a Helwig rear stabilizer. After doing some checking the price for installing the front shocks is approx. $100.00 higher than the rear, is it that much harder to install the front? I have installed shocks before, but that was 50 years ago, have things changed that much? Any input would be most helpful. I use the truck mostly as my daily driver, but do about 7000 miles a year pulling our 30ft. Avion. Are the selected shocks worth the investment or just put stock shocks back on it? 2013 XLT super crew, 6 1/2 box, max tow, 3.73 rear end. 8000lbs loaded trailer wt. Thanks again for all input. gps

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    Your looking at doing a strut replacement on the front not a shock. A little more work than unbolt, replace, retighten.

    If you're mechanically inclined it's not that hard. You need a spring compressor, and I undid the lower ball joint and anti-sway bar to pull mine out.
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    More on my question, found out why the price difference between front and rear shocks installation. Next part are the Bilstein that much better than stock as for as ride & handling when pulling a bumper pull travel trailer? thanks in advance. gps

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    Yes, the front are much more invloved at installing.
    As far as comparing, the rear Bilsteins are MUUUCH better in every aspect than the OEM stuff. The fronts aren't much different in ride quality than my oem were, but they will prolly last much longer. If you're not intending on leveling, or off roading, maybe save some money and install just the rears.
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    13 SuperCrew Ruby Red 302A, 4x4 6.5 box, 3.31, Roush 22's. Twin catch cans, "leveled" with Bilsteins (-2 front, -3 rear), AirLift, SCT. Other's may have displacement on demand... I have an endless supply of torque at my right foot's demand.


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