bilstein shocks from overseas

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 09:55
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Hi all ,I remember a thread a few months back about people buying shocks from USA, just trying to get some feedback on people that have done it and how has it worked out.
Mark S from Cairns bought some bilsteins for his dmax ,did you get them ok ,I have a colorado and looking at the same shocks as you ordered and are wondering if they are ok for a 50 mm lift,
price delivered to Australia is $407 for 4 shocks. $800 to buy here in oz
Thanks for everyones feedback.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 13:03

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 13:03
hi dave e
if i remember rightly mark s bought his from
us supplier of bilstein shockies i got as fr as pricing a set for my bravo at almost half local price
have a look at thread 86790 for relevant imfo
cheers barry
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 18:45

Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 18:45
Hi Mazcan.
It's a bit late but what year ute you have, as I have a 2000 Courier and am looking for the Bilstein part number so I can order some as well.
Many thanks,
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Aug 01, 2011 at 14:32

Monday, Aug 01, 2011 at 14:32
hi michael
go on eshocks web site and select - ford and bilstien in quick links bot' of page
the name courier is not used in usa or africa they use the ranger name still same vehicle your courier ah- laranger is listed in either standard

or- L2- which is lifted 6'' at front and 2-3'' at rear
if yours is standard then no problems
front pn and rear p/n's are all there and is----- 1998-11ranger 4wd
fr shocksp/n 24188241
rear p/n 24188258
refer to thread 86790 if your in any doubt there is a guys email address to contact
cheers hope this helps
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Monday, Aug 01, 2011 at 15:08

Monday, Aug 01, 2011 at 15:08
Thanks Mazcan.
I always thought the Bilsteins were out of my league but their prices are amazing.
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Reply By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 14:00

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 14:00
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Reply By: Mark S (cns) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 14:28

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 14:28
Hi Ed
I recieved the bilsteins OK. They are fine for a 50mm lift as they are a bit longer than the std shocks.

What I ended up doing with the dmax was visit an expert springs & blacksmith, who reset the factory rear leaves and added 2 long rear leaves. Contrary to what anyone will tell you, this did not make the ride any harder, and I put this down to the fact the the blacksmith knows his stuff, rather than a salesman flogging off re-branded aftermarket spring packs that give a harsh ride. There is still plenty of flex in the rear. The rear came up 80mm from std, but only sits marginally tail high unladen, as the std set up was to sagggy in the bum
He then wound up the factory torsion bars 35mm (which I found are just as thick as aftermerket ones).
Once this was done, I then fitted the shocks myself, and they really transformed they way the car handles. No more wallowing or pitching and they perform brilliantly with the camper in tow (140kg ball weight) The std shocks were woeful.

As Barry has said, refer to thread 86790. where I have listed the part numbers of the shocks. This is important, as they are not the same as the US colorado.

here's a few before and after pics:

Now: (rear has come down about 25mm to sit all level with camper on)



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Follow Up By: ben_gv3 - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 15:04

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 15:04
Love the before and after pics. Does the new suspension come with bullbar and roof racks ;-ppp
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Follow Up By: edwin - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 16:31

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 16:31
Hi mark, was the freight on yours a bit steep ,they want $155 us$ fed ex,
I had the guys at wilkinsons in atherton do my old rodeo rears, lifted it about 80 mm also but i ended up with a low speed shudder,they were nice enough to send me some castor wedges which helped a lot.
I am thinking about tough dog springs but cant decide on the 0-300kg pack or the heavy duty pack 300kg -gvm, im close to 300 kg and are not sure if ill lose my lift if I go for the light duty pack, but could be a bit stiff on the H/D pack,
cant have everything I suppose .
If I was up north again id pop in and see Dean at wilkinsons springs and have him sort the car out,but cant go to the cape every year I guess.
Thanks for the info and the shockies tip
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Follow Up By: Mark S (cns) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 17:21

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 17:21
I wish the new setup came with bar & racks! they were other bits I had added between the suspension setup....

Ed, yes I did get a bit of shudder on take off - some wedges fixed that to reduce the tailshaft angle to diff Still get a tiny bit of vibe at about 30kmhr then nothing - this is the centre bearing, and I may put in a couple of washers to lower the centre bearing mount a bit.
When I'm hooked up & loaded with camper for travelling, it is all ok though.
I'll give the springs more time to settle down a bit as everything is all a bit new (dmax 3mnths old) - then see how it all is.

Freight on mine was about $125, std mail. took 3-4 weeks to get here. although they had to order in one set of shocks befoire they shipped them.

Re the 0-300 pack or the 300+ pack, I'm pretty sure the only difference here would be an extra leaf. Could go with the lighter one first, see how it is, then add a leaf if need be later?

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Reply By: Ray - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 15:46

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 15:46
I bought a set of Bilstons from and they fitted perfectly on my car (80 ser L/C) Good service and quick delivery 1/3rd the price. Fortnight ago.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 16:30

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 16:30
Thanks for the heads up. Just priced a set for the Jack..$406 opposed
to $950 from the Oz distributor. And they wonder why online OS shopping is on the
increase. That from eshock was about $5 ea cheaper but
couldnt get freight quote. cheers....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Mark S (cns) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 17:22

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 17:22
Good stuff Baz, can't go past a deal like that eh!
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 17:43

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 17:43
Off topic, so expect to be moderated, but even if they end up putting GST on imports it would still be cheaper to import so Harvey Norman and the other whingers about GST-free imports won't have fixed their problem.



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Reply By: bushpig51 - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 18:20

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 18:20
Hi dave e
I also ordered a set for my 2007 Rodeo. $285.90 US plus 155.15 US Freight. They took about 4 weeks to arrive at my door step. I have not had time to fit them yet as the only arrived last Friday. I purchased through and payed using Paypal. All very painless and no problems and I am happy to recommend.

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Reply By: Muntoo - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 03:39

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 03:39
I purchased Ironman for $385 delivered , and must say they are AWESOME.

Vehicle is a BT50 and the ride is now unreal, floats over corrugations nicely now. Very stable under braking and cornering too.

I am very happy with the price. I was thinking about the Billies, but i wanted a softish ride and i knew the Bilsteins were fairly firm. Overall im very happy.

Once again though, online shopping was cheaper then locally by about $50/each.
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