If budget is the driving factor, then I'd say go for it.No, they aren't used. Found a brand new set for the rear for a really good price. Was thinking about Bilstein but figured for the price I couldn't pass these up if they would fit.
The biggest difference from what I understand is that Bilsteins use monotube technology and OEM shocks use twin tube technology.What are the benefits of Bilstein over OEM or Gabriel or any other shock?
Bilstein is a well know name when it comes to shocks and performance vehicles, but they don't stop there. They make many different series that benefit all different types of vehicles. They make a Heavy Duty shock for towing vehicles and trucks, a series of shocks specifically for motorhomes, and several performance shocks for off-road racing and lifted vehicles. Most significantly they have revolutionized what shocks and suspension components can offer for sports vehicles. Bilstein has something unique that sets their shocks apart from the rest of the manufacturers; they were the pioneers of the Monotube design. This design offers great qualities that offer a long lasting and high quality shock.
It is important to understand the difference between a standard twin tube shock and Bilstein's Monotube shock in order to really grasp all of the benefits. Twin tube shocks have the outer reservoir and then another tube inside that is the "working cylinder". The working cylinder contains the dividing piston and this is where the dampening and function happens. The dividing piston is small in a twin tube design and allows for air bubbles to enter the oil, causing foaming. Foaming in a shock leads to decreased dampening force and performance. This design also traps heat in the shock body leading to a shortened lifespan. In a Monotube design heat is able to transfer from the oil to outer surface of the shock making it function more efficiently. The nitrogen in the shock is separated from the oil by a dividing piston that is 228% larger than a twin tubes piston, and pressure from the gas keeps the oil from foaming. This process results in a longer life for the shock as well as a better ride and more control over the vehicle.
How cheap are they? ~$60-70 per shock for bilsteins, which most would agree is an upgrade.No, they aren't used. Found a brand new set for the rear for a really good price. Was thinking about Bilstein but figured for the price I couldn't pass these up if they would fit.
IMO, Gabriel shocks would be a downgrade from the OEM shocks.What are the benefits of Bilstein over OEM or Gabriel or any other shock?
After my great experience with bilsteins when I went to install shocks in another vehicle I found a great deal on Gabriel Max Control monotubes (their top end most expensive option!). They were terrible.IMO, Gabriel shocks would be a downgrade from the OEM shocks.
The OEM shocks usually cost more even if you find them at wholesale (a lot of Dealers sell OEM parts over the internet at wholesale prices) because they are higher quality than the Gabriel and Monroe's you find at local auto-stores.
I haven't tried Gabriel or Monroe's on the Commander, I have on other vehicles and brand new they were at best equal to the OEM shock/strut and quickly degraded/wore out faster than the OEM shocks/struts.
The Blistien is a small upgrade to the OEM and will probably last as long as well. And it ain't much more than the OEM shock in price if you comparison shop off the internet.
That is a significant price difference.Well I found the new set of OEM's for $45, which is great compared to the $140 Bilsteins (that's if I get them from Amazon)
I just wasn't sure if it's really worth it to pay the extra for the Bilsteins and if it would make a big difference.
Funny that you said that, I just had all 16 of my spark plugs changed out at 82,400 miles.Just like spark plugs, hey look, I get better mileage and more pep since I changed to these spark plugs. Ummmm, NO, your mileage and pep gradually declined over the years, so slowly you never noticed, the fresh set of spark plugs just returned that mileage and pep that you didn't notice you lost over the years.