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Old 03-18-2020, 02:07 PM #1
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Another bilstein 4600 thread - road use

Looking for feedback on 4600's vs stock struts/shocks. I have 100K on OEM shocks - almost all miles are on road. Feedback seems to be that 4600's are stiffer but is this off road?
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Looking for feedback on 4600's vs stock struts/shocks. I have 100K on OEM shocks - almost all miles are on road. Feedback seems to be that 4600's are stiffer but is this off road?
I had them on my 02 and i liked them. They are stiffer than stock, but not overly so. They made handling much better, and if you are not going to lift it they are great.
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I had them on my 02 and i liked them. They are stiffer than stock, but not overly so. They made handling much better, and if you are not going to lift it they are great.
This. I put them on my 4Runner when it was still my dads many years ago (all stock, just needed shocks). No complaints, slightly stiffer than OEM, but in a good way.

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PS. Technically, all 4 corners have shocks - the fronts are just a coilover shock. Of course, many people/places end up calling the front struts anyway...
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I have 2 99 4Runners, put the 4600 on one and then put on the other.

Reason was I had 250K on my original ones, then switched to Monroe as I don't off road and do lots of highway. They were TERRIBLE. They were done within 20K miles and car drove very sloppy.

So I slapped on the 4600 and love them. Bought a 2nd 4Runner and put them on that one too so ride would be the same.

I do 99.99% street use but incase you need to go over rougher pavement or maybe a dirt road the 4600 series handles perfect. The 5100 series is for serious off roading which i don't do, 4600 is slightly firmer than stock but not bad you'll be happy
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ive done a ton of reading on these threads and elsewhere. The only complaint ive heard is stiffer but more I read its for better. 4600 is way to go for stock height with better, firmer handling. while I don't have mine installed, my 4600's just arrived this week along with my rear sway bar bushings.

I will note that at stock height its the rears that get the most rave reviews from 4600 users while the front varies a bit by user/brand.


Update: 4600 rear installed; loosened up slightly after couple days, love the ride, not overly stiff at all imo.

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Thanks - do you need a new top plate with Bilsteins or will the stock one from the factory work?
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Thanks - do you need a new top plate with Bilsteins or will the stock one from the factory work?
All the factory parts work (other than the top nut, which is included). I believe they come with new bushings for the top too.

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All the factory parts work (other than the top nut, which is included). I believe they come with new bushings for the top too.

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Ordering directly from Bilstein I did not get new bushings for my fronts but did for my rears so YMMV
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Like @RedSled and @phattyduck said... I put 4600's all the way around mine and I love the ride, stiffer than stock but in a good way. By the way... My OEM shocks had 320k miles on them.

The fronts do not come with the top bushing either.
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The 4600 are great on the 3rd gen. I run the 5100 on my son's 4th gen, my tundra and the wife's 5th gen but they all have leveling kits or lifts on them. The 4600 enable your 3rd gen to handle those unexpected serious deep potholes that you hit at 75 mphs on az or California hwys sometimes and those rutted up fire roads. Now the 4600 don't allow u to handle washboard rutted up dirt roads like the 5100s or allow u to lift your 4 runner but they are great shocks.

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