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Bilstein or RK RRD racing shocks

Need to get 4 new shocks for my new RK 3.5 sping lift

If you can compare the 2 let me know how they are

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Need to get 4 new shocks for my new RK 3.5 sping lift

If you can compare the 2 let me know how they are
I'm running bilstein's now and have rrd's coming in by the end of the week. I really like the way the bilstein's ride but here's a look at them after 2+ years of living in the rust belt(and you live like 40 min from me) also 3 outta 4 are leaking
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"These shocks are unique in many ways and have several benefits that other shocks do not have. The first and most important feature is the body is all aluminum! This makes the RRD Racing Shocks have better cooling properties and less fade than the steel counter parts. Since the bodies are aluminum they will not rust. The bodies are simple to clean up and keep looking good for years to come."
Other then that they just look beefier
I'll let you know more hands on once I have more hands on experience
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I'm running bilstein's now and have rrd's coming in by the end of the week. I really like the way the bilstein's ride but here's a look at them after 2+ years of living in the rust belt(and you live like 40 min from me) also 3 outta for are leaking
From Rk
"These shocks are unique in many ways and have several benefits that other shocks do not have. The first and most important feature is the body is all aluminum! This makes the RRD Racing Shocks have better cooling properties and less fade than the steel counter parts. Since the bodies are aluminum they will not rust. The bodies are simple to clean up and keep looking good for years to come."
Other then that they just look beefier
I'll let you know more hands on once I have more hands on experience
Ya rusting is a problem in are location for sure.
Don't the bilsteins have a warranty for leaking?

Did you order the regular valving on the RRD shocks

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I'll look Into a warranty If they do, I removed the boots, might void it if they do
I asked jeremy if I should order different valving cause my rig is heavy, he said to try Rk's stock valving it's slightly stiffer then bilstiens and should work fine
I'll shoot you a pm when we are going to install them if you wanna come take a look

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The RRd is definitely a stiffer shock. I prefer the RRD to the bilstein but have only one installed at the moment. I have to send one of the rears back for a rebuild. Could not use them on the front because of the uptravel on my rig. The shock body was coming into contact with the frame.

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I'll look Into a warranty If they do, I removed the boots, might void it if they do
I asked jeremy if I should order different valving cause my rig is heavy, he said to try Rk's stock valving it's slightly stiffer then bilstiens and should work fine
I'll shoot you a pm when we are going to install them if you wanna come take a look
What length RRD's did you get?
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I'll look Into a warranty If they do, I removed the boots, might void it if they do
I asked jeremy if I should order different valving cause my rig is heavy, he said to try Rk's stock valving it's slightly stiffer then bilstiens and should work fine
I'll shoot you a pm when we are going to install them if you wanna come take a look
Ya let me know. Might be interested in seeing them if I don't order before that

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The RRd is definitely a stiffer shock. I prefer the RRD to the bilstein but have only one installed at the moment. I have to send one of the rears back for a rebuild. Could not use them on the front because of the uptravel on my rig. The shock body was coming into contact with the frame.
Why does it need a rebuild? How long have you had them

Can you explain the problem with the front better if you can

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Had RK and they were too stiff. I have these now
https://jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53529

Poly has them on sale right now and this is a smoking deal!

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Had RK and they were too stiff. I have these now
https://jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53529

Poly has them on sale right now and this is a smoking deal!
You should have asked RK to re-valve for you.
Just have to pay shipping.

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I had other issues with mine besides the valving.

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I had other issues with mine besides the valving.
What other issues?

Not saying you didn't make the right decision.
I am just curious.

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Bar pins in the rear. I probably would have sent them back to RK for re-valve and repair, but I was on a tight time table.

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What length RRD's did you get?
I got the 12 inches of travel
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Why does it need a rebuild? How long have you had them

Can you explain the problem with the front better if you can
I have a 3.5" lift that netted 4.5" and I have 1.5" bumpstops. I have a tremendous amount of uptravel which allows the tire to travel so far that the shock rubs the frame when flexed out. The rrd was very stiff when I had all 4 on my jeep but broke in very nicely. First wheelin trip exposed the problem on my particular jeep but I am the only person that I have ever heard that had that issue. I like uptravel and most people like down travel.

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Between the to and given the lift that you are running, I vote for the RRD's. They were designed by RK to work with their lifts. The Bilstiens were designed to work with many different lifts. Plus, the quality on the RK shocks are second to none! I don't think you would have second thoughts about going with the RRD's.

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I have a 3.5" lift that netted 4.5" and I have 1.5" bumpstops. I have a tremendous amount of uptravel which allows the tire to travel so far that the shock rubs the frame when flexed out. The rrd was very stiff when I had all 4 on my jeep but broke in very nicely. First wheelin trip exposed the problem on my particular jeep but I am the only person that I have ever heard that had that issue. I like uptravel and most people like down travel.
If you had longer bump stops then you would be ok I'm assuming.

Whats the problem with the one you have to send back

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I would be fine if I had longer bumpstops and am considering either that or moving the shock outboard so they no longer rub. 1/4 inch outboard should take care if the issue I have.

The rear got tangled on a rock and damaged the body and broke a seal. I tend to do things I shouldn't.

When the rrd first came out they had a problem with the bar pin and bushings. That problem has been fixed.

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