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Alternative to bilstein?

Looking for some help here. I was lucky enough to find a set of road magnet mids which were delivered last week. I had no idea the bilstein's were on back order with no real eta. I have the springs and srt rear sway bar ready to go, but no shocks and I don't want to install the springs on the oem shocks because I know they will wear faster and I will have to replace those sooner than later and I don't want to pay the labor twice. Is there an alternative to the bilstein's that anyone can recommend? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Alternative to bilstein?

No alternatives exist sadly, wk2 aftermarket support is lagging


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No alternatives exist sadly, wk2 aftermarket support is lagging


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So how big of a mistake would it be to install the springs with the stock shocks?


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So how big of a mistake would it be to install the springs with the stock shocks?


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I did exactly that and my rear shocks blew out in 2 weeks. Replaced them after 2 months with stock shocks again (under warranty) and they blew out again within 3 weeks. They just can't handle it in the rear. The fronts you might be able to deal with for a few months but the rears just don't work.

As soon as the bilsteins came out I switched to them and haven't had an issue yet and it's been a year since.
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I did exactly that and my rear shocks blew out in 2 weeks. Replaced them after 2 months with stock shocks again (under warranty) and they blew out again within 3 weeks. They just can't handle it in the rear. The fronts you might be able to deal with for a few months but the rears just don't work.



As soon as the bilsteins came out I switched to them and haven't had an issue yet and it's been a year since.

So the rears are going to be delivered on tuesday(part # 24-225427) it's the front shocks that are on back order everywhere. Would you install the rear Bilsteins and leave the front stock until the fronts aren't on back order anymore? Do you think I would be ok doing that for the time being?


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So the rears are going to be delivered on tuesday(part # 24-225427) it's the front shocks that are on back order everywhere. Would you install the rear Bilsteins and leave the front stock until the fronts aren't on back order anymore? Do you think I would be ok doing that for the time being?


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If you don't mind paying for install and alignment twice then go for it. But me personally, I would wait and do it all in one shot and be done with it.
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I did exactly that and my rear shocks blew out in 2 weeks. Replaced them after 2 months with stock shocks again (under warranty) and they blew out again within 3 weeks. They just can't handle it in the rear. The fronts you might be able to deal with for a few months but the rears just don't work.



As soon as the bilsteins came out I switched to them and haven't had an issue yet and it's been a year since.

how has the ride held up after a year with the bilsteins and rm mid drop?





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Re: Alternative to bilstein?

I fitted ome rear shocks from ARB to my wk2 overland (air suspension) so far they are quite good , I tow a 2.5 tonne van
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If you don't mind paying for install and alignment twice then go for it. But me personally, I would wait and do it all in one shot and be done with it.

I actually found two front shocks online last nice from a truck store in Michigan. It said they only had two in stock so I ordered them last night. I called them this morning to verify for the order and he said they had them, and they already shipped. Now hopefully they send me the right parts. The tears are supposed to be delivered tomorrow so hopefully I will everything installed by the end of the week.


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how has the ride held up after a year with the bilsteins and rm mid drop?





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So far so good ride is great!


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