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Hello everyone,  

 

I currently own a 2017 Silverado high country and my shocks are bad.  I am trying to decide wether to replace with stock magneride shocks or with the bilstein 6112‘s in the front and 5100’s in the rear.   I wanted to level out front with the 6112’s.  Anyone have any input?  

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2 hours ago, Familiarcar said:

Hello everyone,  

 

I currently own a 2017 Silverado high country and my shocks are bad.  I am trying to decide wether to replace with stock magnaride shocks or with the bilstein 6112‘s in the front and 5100’s in the rear.   I wanted to level out front with the 6112’s.  Anyone have any input?  

 

Welcome to the forum! 

 

For the price, I damn sure wouldn't put a MRC shock back on. I've admittedly done far too much research on this topic of front suspension :) the 6112s seems like a decent purchase. Here are some thoughts for you:

 

Pros:

  • Rubber bushing on the bottom, stock assembly on the top - both of those help with NVH
  • Massive piston and overall volume
  • Decent price point
  • likely a softer, more linear spring (Bilstein says it's a 750# linear spring - stock is,...?? - probably higher)

Cons:

  • Assembly required
  • reuse or buy new top hats
  • short stroke (slightly less than 4" - 101 mm)
  • IFP design - combine this with short stroke and it's got the potential of being quite stiff
  • price is pushing a dedicated entry level coilover

Other considerations:

  • Digressive valving - some people don't like it. I'm one of those people. I've been burned by stiff, digressive shocks and they aren't forgiving at speeds under 35 MPH. 
  • Bilstein supplies OE-level quality and reliability. Then again, Rancho is on stock trucks, so maybe that doesn't mean anything.
  • I, personally, would do the 5160s in the rear. Those are rumored to be a better match valving-wise to the 6112. 
  • For about $1400 you can buy a fully custom Viking Coilover setup (including rears) from Atomic: https://atomicfabandperformance.com/product-category/cb/900cob/
    • This is the direction I'm leaning. I keep coming back full circle to having the adjustability on hand and also be able to change springs if need-be. If the Vikings ever take a dump, I already have custom brackets and will replace with custom valved Kings, Fox, Ridetech, you name it. 

 

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50 minutes ago, Familiarcar said:

Nice!  Since the stock shocks are electronic do I need to add anything when I put on Bilsteins? 

Unless you like warning lights and driving under 80 MPH, yes :)

 

There's two reputable ones I know of:

 

Xineering and Halo Lifts

 

The latter is cheaper but they're currently sold out.

 

There are other methods but they dont seem as legit to me.

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18 minutes ago, lucas287 said:

Unless you like warning lights and driving under 80 MPH, yes :)

 

There's two reputable ones I know of:

 

Xineering and Halo Lifts

 

The latter is cheaper but they're currently sold out.

 

There are other methods but they dont seem as legit to me.


What is the part called?  Thanks so much

 

edit. Nvm I found it 

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35 minutes ago, lucas287 said:

Unless you like warning lights and driving under 80 MPH, yes :)

 

There's two reputable ones I know of:

 

Xineering and Halo Lifts

 

The latter is cheaper but they're currently sold out.

 

There are other methods but they dont seem as legit to me.

 

 

On the Xineering Kit, It doesn't specifically say its for Silverados but im assuming my high country is pretty much the Sierra Denali?

 

 

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On 5/4/2021 at 8:03 PM, Familiarcar said:

 

 

On the Xineering Kit, It doesn't specifically say its for Silverados but im assuming my high country is pretty much the Sierra Denali?

 

 

 

I would assume it's the same, but ask them to be sure (http://xineering.com/index.html#CONTACT). They were AWESOME to work with on my Denali. Answered all my questions in a timely manner and made sure I was happy with the set up. Highly recommend Xineering's kit. I can also vouge for the Halo Lifts kit, I replaced all of my MRC system with their full kit and it's still going strong after 50k+ miles. Here's a review I did on my new wheel/suspension set up (at the time): 

 

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I just installed the suspensionmax level kit made for magneride on my 17 Denali. It allows you to select the amount of lift you want. 1 to 2.5 inches. Also installed new magneride shocks at the same time...got the two fronts as a pair for $370 from Amazon. They are visually identical to the OEMs that I took out. Ride is great and no codes. Easy enough to do it yourself too as long as you have the tools.

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Gm screwed up the mag ride. I really have no idea what the hell they were thinking.

 

mag ride is nothing short if incredible in gm cars, but in a 5500lb truck/suv, terrible.

 

There is one main problem, and it’s feedback. You feel literally everything on the road. I’m pretty sure I could tell if I ran over a quarter. It’s really pretty annoying in a big truck that you just want to relax. It’s definitely more annoying than I thought it would be.

 

If you want the worlds best example, go drive an escalade and a navigator back to back

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