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Bilstein 5100 Series Front Shock for 1.5-3 in. Lift (07-18 Wrangler JK)

ExtremeTerrain no longer carries the Bilstein 5100 Series Front Shock for 1.5-3 in. Lift (07-18 Wrangler JK). Please check out 2007-2018 Wrangler Shocks 2-4" Lift for an updated selection.
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ExtremeTerrain no longer carries the Bilstein 5100 Series Front Shock for 1.5-3 in. Lift (07-18 Wrangler JK). Please check out 2007-2018 Wrangler Shocks 2-4" Lift for an updated selection.

Features, Video & Details

  • Monotube Front Shock
  • For Use with 1.5-3 Inches of Lift
  • Nitrogen Charged
  • Self Adjusting, Deflecting Disc Valving
  • Sold Individually
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Fits 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review of the Bilstein 5100 Series Shock, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. These shocks are available individually, so you'll purchase a pair for the front or the rear. Or if you need all four, of course, you can get those. You can also get them in a kit of all four if you choose to go that direction. These are also available for a few different lift sizes, from 1.5 to 3 inches, and 3.5 to 5 inches. So make sure you get the right ones for your lift kit. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of these shocks, which is a very, very simple one out of three wrench install. As with most shocks, these are going to bolt directly in place of your factory shock, and the installation shouldn't take you more than a half hour per shock. But we'll talk more about the installation in just a second. We're also gonna talk about the construction and a few of the features of these shocks. There are a few different reasons to get a new set of shocks on your Jeep. Either you've purchased a lift kit that doesn't have shocks and you're looking at these as the shocks you're going to run with that lift, or you purchased a lift that has shocks and you want shocks that give you a different ride quality, or the shocks you currently have are worn out. Regardless of the reason, a Bilstein 5100 Series shock is going to be a really nice option to install if you're looking for a shock that rides a little bit on the stiffer side of things but is very well-built and is going to last a good, long time. Now, in the world of shocks, there are hydraulic shocks and there are nitrogen shocks. And the 5100 Series is a nitrogen-charged shock. So all shocks have liquid inside of them, and when you work that liquid very hard, then you can get some foaming and some cavitation, causing shock fade. The nitrogen charged inside of the shock is there to eliminate that foaming and cavitation, ensuring that you don't get that fade. Now, the vast majority of us aren't working a shock hard enough to have it foam up and cavitate. We're not doing high-speed desert racing, we're not riding over washboards. However, if you want that protection against foaming and cavitation, a nitrogen shock is going to be a nice option for you. However, because of the charge inside of a nitro shock, they generally ride a little bit stiffer than a hydraulic shock. Now, the vast majority of the ride quality that you'll get from a shock is in the valving, however, again, in general, a nitro shock will ride a little bit stiffer. And the 5100s are known for being a bit of a stiffer shock. Now, the benefit to that is getting rid of some of the body roll if you do have a larger lift on your Jeep. However, the downside can be a little bit of a rougher ride. So it's something you have to weigh out and figure out what sort of ride you want on your Jeep and what sort of handling characteristics. In general, the Bilstein shocks, again, are known to be a very high-quality brand. They're not going to be quite as expensive as a Fox shock or a King shock, however, they are going to be in the mid to upper end of both the price range and the quality range. This is going to be a mono-tubed shock with digressive valving, and it is built to last. Any way you look at it, no matter how you're using your Jeep, the shocks do take a beating and you wanna make sure you're getting something that isn't going to blow out, the seals aren't going to blow out, you're not going to bend the piston rod. It's just going to be something that is going to last you a good long time, and that's what you're going to get with a Bilstein shock. These shocks include the dust boot with them that you can run. There are arguments in both directions with the dust boot. Some say that it keeps junk out of this area of the shock, keeping it clean so that those seals hold up a lot better. Others will say, once you get stuff in there, which you definitely will, that you can't get it out as easily because of the boot. Normal road wash, rain, or even hitting it with a hose doesn't clean that area off. So, again, two schools of thought. You can decide whether you wanna run a dust boot on your shocks or not. As far as this install goes, again, I'm giving it a very simple one out of three wrenches. You're gonna be able to install a shock every half hour or even a little bit less, depending on how much rust you have on your JK. Now, the first step is definitely spraying all of your shocks bolts with a good penetrating oil, especially the front upper shock nuts. That is, in my experience, the most difficult part to get disassembled when you're swapping out the shocks on your Jeep. There's not a lot of room in that area. If you do have a lot of rust, you can't really get a socket on there. Oftentimes, we end up just breaking the top of the shock off if there is a lot of rust, which is fine because you're replacing the shock anyway, but it's just not the easiest area to get to. So, definitely spray those with a good penetrating oil well before you get started. After that, it's really just a matter of disconnecting the lower shock bolt and the upper shock nut up front, removing that factory shock or aftermarket shock, and assembling the new one. This comes with all of the rubber bushings and the nut that go up on the top. In the rear, it's pretty much the same story, one bolt on the bottom, two bolts up top that hold the bar pin in place. Just make sure, again, that you spray everything with a good penetrating oil. You don't want it to strip or break off those upper shock bolts in the rear because they can be a little bit difficult to repair if that happens. All in all, you're just gonna need your traditional hand tools and a little bit of time. This is gonna be an easy install that anyone can do in their driveway. Bilstein does have a good name in shocks and you are getting a very high-quality and well-built shock when you purchase the 5100 Series. So I think that they are priced appropriately. Again, they're in that mid to upper-mid range of both price and quality, so the cost does match the quality here. You're not purchasing an adjustable shock, you're not purchasing a shock with an external reservoir, which are a couple of things that can increase the cost of a shock. You're also not buying a King shock or a Fox shock or one of those companies that really command a much higher price for any of the higher build quality and for even more R&D that goes into the shocks. Here you're going to be at a little bit lower of a price range but still get something that's very high quality and is built to last. So whether you're swapping out your shocks because your current ones are worn out, blown or bent, or you're just looking to get a little bit of a different handling characteristic or a different ride quality characteristic, the 5100 Series are a very nice option. So that's my review of the Bilstein 5100 Series Shock, fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

Shock Sizing. Bilstein is the top name in shocks. This Swedish engineered front shock delivers the best ride quality anyone could ask for. The Bilstein 5100 is the non-adjustable line of Bilstein shocks, but don't let that deter you! The high flow piston reduces harsh operation, and the independent rebound and compression tuning allows for responsiveness on and off the road. The larger working piston area offers exact damping and greater control when running large diameter tires. This shock will deliver the best ride quality on the market, guaranteed!

Application. This shock fits the front of 2007 - 2017 Wrangler JK models with lifts between 1.5 and 3 inch lift systems.

Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Shock
  • (1) Shock boot
Installation Info
Tech Specs
  • Collapsed Length (IN): 14.98
  • Extended Length (IN): 24.63
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Bilstein the name says it all

Very nice upgrade to go with my 2 1/2" Teraflex Suspension Lift.

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5/5
Awsome product

Paired these with a 2.5 tera flex lift the ride is great. I would highly recommend

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Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars
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I have the teraflex 2" spacers in the front and currently have Rubicon shocks. These Bilstein do not collapse quite as far (.23" less), will I need to extend stock bump stops?

ChristyM

  • The Bilstein 5100 Series Front Shocks will not require extensions for your stock bump stops.

    Rob D

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Will these work with the teraflex 1 inch coil spacer front and 0 spacer used in the back? I only removed the rake of the Jeep but want the 5100's. Thanks

Bgriff008

  • Hello, because that 1 in leveling kit would not fit into the 1.5-3 in range I would not recommend it. If you increased the lift into that range these would be a good fit.

    XTMerideth

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Would these shocks work with a Teraflex leveling kit? If not, then you can you please guide to Bilstein shocks that would?

Anonymous

  • Hello, yes, these shocks will work with the leveling kit.

    XTNunoP

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1.75 spacers I have a 2012 2 door Rubicon with 1.75 spacers in the front to compensate for the bumper and winch. Will these shocks work for my Jeep?

baldone

  • The Bilstein 5100 Series Front Shock for 1.5-3 in. Lift (07-17 Wrangler JK) will work with 1.75in spacers, as long as they are coil spacers. This would not work with a body lift.

    XTSteve

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Overall Rating 4.9

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  • Fit 4.647059 4.6
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.882353 4.9



  • 5/5

    October 28, 2016

    Bilstein the name says it all

    Very nice upgrade to go with my 2 1/2" Teraflex Suspension Lift.

    Brad

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    August 22, 2016

    Awsome product

    Paired these with a 2.5 tera flex lift the ride is great. I would highly recommend

    JKUcrawler

    Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    July 14, 2016

    Smooth ride

    I live in Michigan and the roads suck so bad I almost bought a different daily driver. These shocks made it comfortable enough to daily drive it. Very smooth.

    AnthonyBarone

    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    March 06, 2016

    Perfect ride

    Instructions are vague but shocks are pretty easy to install. Use an Allen wrench at the top of the shock below the green wrapping that holds the shock together it keeps the shaft from spinning so you can tighten it, that took me a while the figure it out and the instructions didn't say that part in English lol . I have 2.5 RC spacer lift kit paired with these shocks and it rides amazing 100% better then stock.

    toneskii707

    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedSonoma County, CA, USA the real wine country

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    August 28, 2015

    NICE!!!

    Very Nicew ride helps with the extra weight of my Winch.

    JKFIRE

    Year: 2007U.P. Michigan

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    March 12, 2015

    Bilstein 5100

    I now have a much improved ride, highly recommended!

    Sprec

    Year: 2013

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  • 5/5

    September 19, 2014

    awesome shocks

    I bought these shocks to go with a teraflex 2.5" lift I also bought from extreme terrain. These shocks are an excellent addition to this lift. I've taken my jeep wheeling several times since the install and the ride and performance both on and off road could not be better. I will definitely buy bilstein again and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great shock at a reasonable price.

    mpc355aac

    Year: 2014Wichita, KS, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    July 25, 2017

    Great shocks

    Great quality shocks for the price ...... Well worth the purchase.

    FranciscoG

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    June 08, 2017

    Awesome!

    Awesome! Just Awesome! Jeep feels GREAT! Its an excellent product. Truly recommend it for you Jeep!

    GabrielM

    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    October 14, 2016

    Perfect!

    Love them! Perfect replacement for stock shocks while eliminating the shock extenders that came with my RC lift.

    Finners

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    October 07, 2016

    Install

    Overall these shocks are a better ride than my old shocks. I replaced the shocks from my 2.5 year old 2.5 inch lift kit I cheaped out on. The fit of these shocks required a bit of grinding on my part to fit the rear brackets, which I was not quite prepared for (first time installing shocks). I would recommend them, just be wearing of installing and make sure you have the proper time and tools.

    Chris

    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    March 27, 2016

    Absolutely happy.

    I put new bilstein 5100's on both my jk's on my 2013 and 2011. The ride can't get much better than this for the money. Alittle firm but gives you some confidence cruising along the highway or trails.

    badland123

    Year: 2011Submodel: WranglerSturgis,mi

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  • 5/5

    February 04, 2016

    Bilstein 5100 shocks pefection

    Not only do they look Fantastic, they ride great. 2.5' lift and these with 33's and you get great on/off road performance. Granted i do not crazy off road trails but I would say the perfect choice for light to medium trails and a nice somewhat stock road ride

    Dozer

    Year: 2016Webster, New York

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  • 5/5

    October 02, 2015

    Great shocks.. Well worth the money!!

    I installed the bilstein 5100 shocks on front and rear along with a teraflex 2.5 in lift kit. These shocks fit up perfectly and ride smooth. Well worth the money! Highly recommend! !

    Altus

    Year: 2015Texas

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  • 5/5

    September 20, 2014

    excellent shocks for Teraflex left

    I use these shocks on my 2.5" terraflex spring lift and they are fantastic ride is great off road is perfect couldn't ask for a better product quality and fit and finish is top notch.

    chargermop

    Year: 2014Colorado

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  • 5/5

    August 24, 2014

    Great Shocks

    These shocks are absolutely perfect, and give my jeep a great feel. They perform flawlessly with the Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod lift kit and I couldn't be happier

    ePhilly

    Year: 2010Detroit, MI, USA

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  • 5/5

    January 24, 2014

    Easy lift!

    Easy way to lift the front of jeep, definately reccomend getting this and the rear lift!

    Mar235

    Year: 1998

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