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Old 03-01-2013, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Factory Bilstein vesus King

Just wondering if there is much difference in the ride quality of the factory Bilstein versus say a King or Fox type shock. I was thinging about getting a 2.5" lift from King. Another question would be how much does it actually lift the Fj as I can just get in my garage door now. My Fj is used 99% of the time on the road, so any suggestions are welcome thaxs.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

If you have the money, get the king oem setup. It's not designed as a lift, really, but it will certainly bring the front end up level with the rear.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

G'day Boyd,
I cannot answer your question, never had Bilsteins, only King OE's - but King is regarded as one of the best and a step up from Bilstein's. But you pay alot more for a King set up.
Many including myself believe that with King's you ride like a Caddy ...

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

So how many inches if any did the height change I wonder
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

99% on road I would rather upgrade to adjustable 5100's and level the fJ that way. Kings you will be close to a grand out of pocket. They are a sweet set up and should last the life time of your FJ with proper maintenance..
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

So arent the factory shocks Bilstein 5100 but non adjustable, so is the a big diffenence there going with adjustables?
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

Not sure if their 5100"s but the 5100's that are adjustable can raise the front end which is a huge benefit in daily FJ driving . I know when I got my FJ I hated the front end dive when hitting the brakes or letting off the gas quickly. Once I leveled/lifted the FJ all that vanished and it was a much more stable rig even with a P_O_S Rc 3" lift. When my girlfriend buys her FJ it will be adjustable 5100"s to level it out, 33" tires, 17" rims, MTZ tires and BW' flares for a little extra "bling" around the tire area as I know 99% of her driving will be on road..
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Not sure if their 5100"s but the 5100's that are adjustable can raise the front end which is a huge benefit in daily FJ driving . I know when I got my FJ I hated the front end dive when hitting the brakes or letting off the gas quickly. Once I leveled/lifted the FJ all that vanished and it was a much more stable rig even with a P_O_S Rc 3" lift. When my girlfriend buys her FJ it will be adjustable 5100"s to level it out, 33" tires, 17" rims, MTZ tires and BW' flares for a little extra "bling" around the tire area as I know 99% of her driving will be on road..


Wow this is the exact issue I have when I brake. I mean I'm not a hard step on the pedal and smash the brake at last minute driver. But I did notice that it does dive a bit and when I did have to make an immediate stop It was like I was going to do front flips...
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

The ride difference is

Bilsteins = Jack of Hearts

OE Kings = Ace of Spades 0-3" lift

The Kings you speak of are OE (8" of travel / which is the stock travel) and can be dialed to what you are looking for as far as lift and can be run with stock U.C.A.s (upper control arms)

Do it! You are going to freak on the transformation!

*Even though I run extended travel Fox (9, 1/2" travel) I have been in rigs with King OE shocks.
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Re: Factory Bilstein vesus King

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Just wondering if there is much difference in the ride quality of the factory Bilstein versus say a King or Fox type shock. I was thinging about getting a 2.5" lift from King. Another question would be how much does it actually lift the Fj as I can just get in my garage door now. My Fj is used 99% of the time on the road, so any suggestions are welcome thaxs.
Boyd, I originally had a 07 TRD with the blisteins and switched in 2011 to a Green TTSE. ( We also have a White 08 TTSE in the family.) I liked the ride with the Blisteins. I thought it was great... until I upgraded to Kings. What a transformation. She handles better, rides smoother, and handles like a sports car compared to the stock Blisteins. I drove our White TTSE after installing the Kings in my '11TTSE and could not believe the difference. I kept the OEM rear springs for now. With the Kings and stock rear springs my truck is a few inches below 7 ft. I can still get into parking garages. It did lift the front up a few inches so she sits level now. ( No more anteater stance.)
There are a lot of really nice suspension packages out there. I researched for many months before I decided on the Kings. There is some Outstanding write-ups on this forum by Chris Delancy and Tcao. Both are very sharp gentlemen. Absolute wealth of knowledge.
Enjoy your FJ brother!!! Look forward to seeing her in a build thread.
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