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April 9th, 2008

I installed new shocks today. The old ones were rusted and not very absorbery. Not much interesting to say, just posting the info here for posterity.

The shocks are Bilstein 5150 BF5-A196-H1 shocks

Part Number Travel Description Valving Reservoir Ext Length Col Length Shaft Dia Mounting
BF5-A196-H1 10.02 5150 Crossflow 255/70 Attached 25.91 15.89 14mm eye/eye

Which match pretty close to the Bogen stock shocks (Volvo part # 637962-2). which are fully extended 26.25″ and compressed 16″.

On the rear bogie axles, the axle extension limit cables stop the axles at 9″ of shock extension.  Nice!

I also ordered 6 3/4″ bushings as the default bushings are too small.

I’m not so happy with the silver powder coating — it looks a bit funny next to the black/olive green.

I elected not to use shock boots because I think they just collect dirt and mud inside, plus they look funny to me .

Thanks to Colby for figuring out all the shock stuff…I just implemented what he spec’ed.

  1. April 14th, 2008 at 15:50 | #1


    Excellent work fitting the Bilsteins, you will surely love them and wish you would of done this mod sooner! I never put them on a TGB (have yet to pick up mine unforntunately!!) but have used them on numerous landcruisers and the difference is night and day! I now sware by them! 🙂
    Many thanks for the info as this is likely one of the first mods I will be doing…

    Happy trails,


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