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Old 05-20-2023, 08:38 AM #1
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AI Weighs in on Bilstein 5100s vs. 4600s

I'll leave the doomsday debate to others but I've found AI to be a useful tool. It's essentially a supercharged search engine that explains the results instead of you having to sift through a bunch of links and put it all together yourself. You say "lazy"; I say "efficient." And to be sure, you definitely need to verify some material as the thing will make mistakes. A useful illustration is this ChatGPT response to a request for a side-by-side comparison of 5100s vs. 4600s. Opinions are just that so they don't have a place here but fact checking is welcome!

Here's a side-by-side comparison of Bilstein 5100 and 4600 shocks:

5100
Design: Bilstein 5100 shocks are specifically designed for trucks, SUVs, and lifted vehicles. They feature a monotube gas pressure design for improved handling, stability, and control.

Adjustable Ride Height: One notable feature of the Bilstein 5100 shocks is their adjustable ride height. They come with multiple snap-ring grooves that allow you to fine-tune the vehicle's front ride height.

Off-Road Capability: The Bilstein 5100 shocks are also known for their off-road performance. They provide enhanced damping and control during off-road adventures, making them suitable for rough terrains and trail driving.

Improved Heat Dissipation: These shocks have a larger surface area for heat dissipation, which helps in maintaining optimal performance even during intense use.

Durability: Bilstein 5100 shocks are built to be durable and withstand demanding conditions. They are constructed with high-quality materials and go through rigorous testing to ensure long-lasting performance.

4600
Design: Bilstein 4600 shocks are designed as a direct replacement for stock or OEM shocks. They are suitable for various vehicle types, including trucks, SUVs, and some passenger cars.

Comfort-Oriented: The Bilstein 4600 shocks are designed to provide a smooth and comfortable ride. They offer improved damping and control over stock shocks, enhancing overall comfort during daily driving.

OEM Fitment: These shocks are engineered to match the original equipment specifications. They provide a hassle-free installation process, fitting directly into the existing shock mounts without any modifications.

Handling and Stability: While the Bilstein 4600 shocks prioritize comfort, they also improve handling and stability compared to stock shocks. They offer better road control and reduced body roll, resulting in improved overall vehicle dynamics.

Durability: Like other Bilstein shocks, the 4600 series is built to be durable and withstand normal driving conditions. They are manufactured using high-quality materials and undergo strict quality control measures.

In summary, Bilstein 5100 shocks are specifically designed for trucks, SUVs, and lifted vehicles, offering adjustable ride height and improved off-road capabilities. On the other hand, Bilstein 4600 shocks are designed as direct replacements for stock shocks, prioritizing comfort and providing enhanced handling and stability. Both series are known for their durability and high-quality construction. Your choice between the two would depend on your specific vehicle, driving preferences, and desired performance characteristics.
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Sounds like info you would find on Bilstein website or Shock Surplus. That's all AI is going to do and I don't see the big improvement over Google. AI is info in/info out, wrong info in/wrong info out. I'm sure I'm over simplifying but we'll see. "Tinkerer's Adventure " just did a short video on it and that was his conclusion.
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Sounds like info you would find on Bilstein website or Shock Surplus. That's all AI is going to do and I don't see the big improvement over Google. AI is info in/info out, wrong info in/wrong info out. I'm sure I'm over simplifying but we'll see. "Tinkerer's Adventure " just did a short video on it and that was his conclusion.

Youíre right, but the point is you donít have to search through sites, collate information, and type it up. Thatís why I called it a supercharged search engine.
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It misses one of the key points of shocks. Is it progressive, linear, or digressive.
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About to order 5100s for m 2008 SR5....should I not?
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You should because I have them at 2.5" on oem coils and rear with 1.5" bilstein coils. They ride fantastic like way, way better than stock. Just my 2 cents because I'm not a large language model and actually have them installed on my 2022 trd off road.
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