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Old 04-18-2009, 06:20 AM
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I am intrigued by the Bilstein offer for the buy 3 get one free. I was at the local Monroe dealer and basically here is the scenario.

Bilstein, BST Heavy duty buy 3 get 1 free= $205

Monroe SENSATRAC $173 amounts are rounded off.

REFLEX $186

MONROMATIC $86 entry level, sounds cheap.

Monroe rep advises that REFLEX is more for offroad, and will actually be rough for street use.

With the above info, with the REFLEX ruled out due to my non off-road use, and MONROMATIC ruled out for entry level.

The questions is Bilstein or SENSATRAC.

Driving conditions, STREET, HIGHWAY, a unpaved driveway and also several potholes here in Northern VA. NO OFFROAD, (AT LEAST NOT INTENTIONALLY)

Local dealers have SENSATRAC in stock, Bilstein is N/A at least so far, I have not approached the idea of buying the bilsteins and having someone else install them, I know some dealers get touchy about that subject, so I want to use that as a last resort.

Estimates come in pretty close, at about $375 - $400 installed for SENSATRAC all four corners so with estimates about the same, will SENSATRACS be fine, or should I continue to try and push for Bilsteins?


I guess the question is, many paragraphs later.

Are Bilstein BST HD and MONROE SENSATRAC comparable, based on the driving conditions I described above?

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Yo be honest both of them would give you great performance.. I honestly doubt you could tell the difference if you didn't know what was installed on the truck.. Myself i am a Bilstein man but that does not mean Monroe top of the line products are not good.. Now if you went and bought the cheap one then yes you would be able to tell right away..
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the monroe reflex shocks are whats installed on my truck (at least in the front) and they are JUST FINE for on road driving, might be a little stiffer than the worn out shocks on the truck now, but not rough for road driving at all, i actually wish i had stiffer shocks on my truck. now the sensatracs, i had them on my old truck, and i did NOT notice a difference btwn them and the factory shocks i had taken off when i put them on, i would suggest that you stay away from them and get the reflex, or the bilsteinds JMHO
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Bilstein or Edelbrock IAS performer series.

Monroe is street garbage IMHO.
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Not counting my vote, it sounds like 3-0 Bilstein. Indy, Kensai, Mean care to chime in? I figure Mean will chime in with Ranchos, but please refresh my memory. I think I might have fojund a local rep to allow his driveway for self install. That is a good start on the labor savings. Center console, radiator, trans cooler, center console anyone?

Thanks for the input.

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Bilstein or Edelbrock IAS performer series.

Monroe is street garbage IMHO.
in my experience the monroes are fine as long as you dont off-road or tow a trailer, but if you do either of those things i would get better shocks

(i think this is what you are trying to say hydra)
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Good enough as stock OEM equip on the SRT10 Ram, good enough for your (and my) Durango.

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Blistein..
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Monroes are for H#?
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in my experience the monroes are fine as long as you dont off-road or tow a trailer, but if you do either of those things i would get better shocks

Possibly towing a trailer later this year so to be on the safe side I will put you down as a Bilstein man.

Seven zip in Favor of Bilsteins. Sounds like Bilstein's are the winner. I will know next Friday with payday, but $200 sounds fairly reasonable. Thanks for all the help!

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Hey Magic, seems like you have double vision on posting! haha.

Shocks are like tires, each with their own opinion. Monroe has been around forever and they make great shocks. It all boils down to brand choice based on what you apply them for. Bilsteins are great, but alot of times, it is way overkill for the average driver. It's like a vette driving in 5pm traffic on I-635 in Dallas The vette is not going to get you to your destination any faster than a Toyota Yaris. But the yaris will save you alot of money on cost and gas vs the vette.

If you are a everyday highway most of the time driver, go with Monroes. Most monroes have lifetime warranty on their shocks. Dunno about the other competitor's warranty.

So I'll be the oddball and cheer on for Monroe. BTW, I got the reflex on my R/T and they are a little firmer than sensatrac but damn, the handling is great and the ride is still comfortable for a heavy SUV.
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Hey Magic, seems like you have double vision on posting! haha.

Shocks are like tires, each with their own opinion. Monroe has been around forever and they make great shocks. It all boils down to brand choice based on what you apply them for. Bilsteins are great, but alot of times, it is way overkill for the average driver. It's like a vette driving in 5pm traffic on I-635 in Dallas The vette is not going to get you to your destination any faster than a Toyota Yaris. But the yaris will save you alot of money on cost and gas vs the vette.

If you are a everyday highway most of the time driver, go with Monroes. Most monroes have lifetime warranty on their shocks. Dunno about the other competitor's warranty.

So I'll be the oddball and cheer on for Monroe. BTW, I got the reflex on my R/T and they are a little firmer than sensatrac but damn, the handling is great and the ride is still comfortable for a heavy SUV.
Nope u would not be the odd ball.. I put in a good word for Monroes, i really doubt you could guess what shocks you had on under normal driving condition between thier better Monroe shock or Bilsteins... So, i am with ya on that.

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I wanted to edit to add quotation marks, but accidentally posted again.

"Shocks are like tires, each with their own opinion. Monroe has been around forever and they make great shocks. It all boils down to brand choice based on what you apply them for. Bilsteins are great, but alot of times, it is way overkill for the average driver. It's like a vette driving in 5pm traffic on I-635 in Dallas The vette is not going to get you to your destination any faster than a Toyota Yaris. But the yaris will save you alot of money on cost and gas vs the vette."

Tommy, I like your analogy, and I can appreciate it. I spent six months in the DFW area. Motel was up near 635/Forest lane, work was in Plano and school was in Hurst.
I can very much remember sitting in traffic going to class, and it seemed like 635 was a 24 hour congestion. Brings back memories!!!! Also it is funny that you use a Vette for the comparison, last fall I got some "RIGHT SEAT" time in a 04 Z06. (You aviation people will know what right seat is!) Garden City, KS (3 hrs west of Wichita) to Indy; about 19 hours and I defintely know the difference between a sports car ride and regular ride. As far as fuel mileage goes, I was actually impressed, we were pulling about 25-28 MPG on the highway.

Local MONROE dealer even recommended against the Reflex, which I thought was odd that a dealer would recommend against a upsale but when I told him my driving conditions he recommended SENSATRACS. Basically this whole thing is being brought up, because the Bilstein sale. I hate to pass up the buy 3 get 1 free, but also at the same time I don't want to get something unnecessary.

Thanks to all for your input. I will post my results with the purchase.
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It is a old photo actually pre Durango. This vehicle is at the Dayton, OH James B. *** International airport. This is the SAAB Station wagon that is used for friction testing on the runways. It basically has a fifth wheel in the center of the vehicle that converts to a value and determines braking action during, snow, wet, rain, etc... Many airports have them, of course Yellow for visibility. They use this to get idea of braking action before the planes take off or land so they dont slide off the end. I figure everyone has a photo of the D, so get a change of scenery for the signature photo.

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I did some cleaning up boys........

Like everyone is saying "to each their own".
Some said you had a tendency to sport a skirt, wield a feather duster and flaunt your feminine side. Want to clean my garage and get dirty?! LOL!!

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Some said you had a tendency to sport a skirt, wield a feather duster and flaunt your feminine side. Want to clean my garage and get dirty?! LOL!!

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"Some said you had a tendency to sport a skirt, wield a feather duster and flaunt your feminine side. Want to clean my garage and get dirty?! LOL!!"

No what Hydra does on his own time is not for us to judge. Maybe they have a different way of doing things out in SLC. We Hoosiers, need not judge. LOL!!

Anyone heard from MeanGreen lately? he has been kind of quiet, I thought for sure he would ping in on this "shocking matter" Hydra did you block him temporarily and forget to put him back in? LOL!!!
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Bilsteins have been ordered. Website says 3-7 business days I am not sure whether to count today since it is so late in the day but even if not then some time first part of may. $204.42 for four. Thanks for all the help and suggestions. I will keep you advised.

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