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sethbtate 07-10-2013 08:19 PM

Painted Bilstein's
 
Hello all! I just purchased a new set of Bilstein's for my 2006 WK. In an effort to maintain the "stock" look, I sanded, primed and painted my new shocks a flat black. For the plastic portion of the shock, I used an adhesion promoter before painting. I noticed that where I had taped off the stainless top mount, I had missed the very top plastic portion of the shock. I was sure it wouldn't bother me, and had them installed. I just picked my Jeep up, and I can really notice the Bilstein blue I missed.
What are my options here, short of pulling the shocks back off? I had considered taping/newspapering everything off in the wheel well and giving the tops a quick spray of adhesion promoter topped with flat black, but I have some reservations regarding the overspray. I have even considered spraying a fine tipped paint brush or nail polish applicator, but want to retain the smooth, flat look achieved by spraying. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

nich 07-10-2013 08:27 PM

I think as it is underneath that the brush/nail applicator would work for everyone except u as u know its there. I am that way to so u got to decide is it worth it. Second Lil off topic but what bill's did ubget and how is the ride. I have an 06 limited n want to give it a better stance an some new shocks an was thinking about them but I still want the smooth ride. I got a limited tj that a save for rough riding.

sethbtate 07-10-2013 10:08 PM

Re: Painted Bilstein's
 
I replaced coil spring isolators, struts, shocks, front and rear sway bar bushings and end links. I only drove it from the dealer to the body shop to fix some minor scratches, but I was seriously impressed with the ride. I feel like the Bilstein's stiffened the ride a bit, which I was hoping for, and provided a noticeable lift. I had read 3/8 inch, but it is certainly feels like more. Super satisfied- thus far.

sethbtate 07-10-2013 10:10 PM

Re: Painted Bilstein's
 
I got the HD's. I could get you the part numbers if you need them, otherwise there are a ton of posts in the suspension forum discussing them. Thanks for the reply.

nich 07-11-2013 06:58 AM

Thanks for the info.

dmsfun 07-12-2013 09:07 AM

Re: Painted Bilstein's
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nich (Post 856172)
I think as it is underneath that the brush/nail applicator would work for everyone except u as u know its there. I am that way to so u got to decide is it worth it. Second Lil off topic but what bill's did ubget and how is the ride. I have an 06 limited n want to give it a better stance an some new shocks an was thinking about them but I still want the smooth ride. I got a limited tj that a save for rough riding.

If you want a smooth ride, avoid Bilsteins. I had them on for about 10 months and couldn't stand them any longer. They are very stiff, bouncy, and impacts over potholes, manhole covers, etc. are very sharp. I found they also do not handle very well, as with such high pressure, the inside shock in corners is pushing up rather than staying compressed. The koni's I now run are far better for cornering and ride, but these are very expensive and do not result in a luxury feel either. I've not tried them, but Monroe Reflex is probably a better option for smoother ride and better handling.

sethbtate 07-12-2013 10:40 AM

Re: Painted Bilstein's
 
I worked for NAPA for many years, and when I had new tires put on the Jeep, I replaced the shocks and struts with the Monroe Sensa-Tracs. I drove around on them for roughly 10K, and could not wait to get them off. The ride was super squishy, just not what I had hoped for on the Jeep. The Reflex's were worse from what I hear. I like a stiff ride, feels like my 3/4 ton Dodge pickup. I travel some pretty rough country roads. Thanks for the input though!

dmsfun 07-12-2013 02:49 PM

Re: Painted Bilstein's
 
The Bilsteins were really good off road so sounds like they should fit the bill for your needs, sethbate. They were just not a good setup for the crappy roads we have around here, way too bouncy and harsh. I haven't had a lot of off road mileage yet with the Koni FSD's but they are much better than the Bilsteins for on road handling and ride...at about 3x the price though.


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