When you have to choose between two products, what’s the first question you ask? “Which one’s better?” You assess the parameters and go through references to understand which one would be the right choice. But, what if the confusion is between two equally good and popular products?
If you are reading this, we know this is the conundrum you are facing.
Every time we speak about shocks, we think about two brands – Fox and Bilstein. And this is where things get difficult. They are both amazing brands with a lot to offer and their latest products are a topic of debate for this exact reason. Not many are able to make the choice between Fox 2.0 and Bilstein 5100 and we totally understand!
To help you get out of this, we decided to compare them for you. By the end of this article, we hope you will have clarity.
Fox 2.0 shocks
With a piston size of 48 mm and a rod size of 16 mm, the Fox 2.0 shocks definitely promise a punch. They are known for superior off-road performance that not many other shocks can compete with. A few more features are:
- The body size is 2 inches.
- Each Fox 2.0 shock has an aluminum body and an anodized finish.
- The shocks are monotube gas charged.
- They are capable of dampening more load with ease.
- These shocks promise a firm ride because of their aluminum build. Heat dissipation is very efficient, which allows a firm ride.
- They also provide stability in rough race tracks.
- You can adjust the shocks as per valving, which is a huge point in their favor.
Bilstein 5100 shocks compete very closely with Fox 2.0 in many aspects including build, design, and performance. They are replaceable as well, which means you can get new ones once they wear out. Let’s find out more:
- The piston and rod are slightly smaller than Fox 2.0 at 46 mm and 14 mm respectively.
- These shocks are made of zinc-plated steel.
- They promise a firm ride as well because they have 200 PSI nitrogen gas.
- You won’t ever have to worry about bumpy rides once you get these shocks.
- They dissipate heat quite well, making them a good choice for moderate trails.
- They are perfect for daily rides – your vehicle will thank you!
Fox 2.0 shocks vs Bilstein 5100
Now that we have an idea about their features, let’s compare them side-by-side.
- Heat dissipation of Fox 2.0 shocks is better than Bilstein 5100
- Bilstein does not allow valve adjusting
- You can rebuild your Fox 2.0 shocks, which means you can actually use them forever. Bilstein shocks need to be replaced after a point.
Since functionality is a huge factor, we decided to give it more thought. Even though Bilstein 5100 has a few small cons when compared to Fox 2.0, please note that purpose plays a very huge role in decision-making. If you want new shocks for daily use and rarely go off-road, Bilstein is actually a great choice. You don’t need the extra features either. However, for off-roading purposes, Fox 2.0 is the clear winner. There’s no doubt about that.
Fox 2.0 shocks are more expensive than Bilstein 5100. This is another reason why we mentioned above that if you don’t need them, you shouldn’t buy them. Bilstein shocks are just as reliable and serve their purpose very well. Spending a couple of hundred extra dollars is a waste when you won’t do the shocks justice.
Fox 2.0 shocks vs Bilstein 5100
Overall, we think Fox 2.0 shocks are great but it entirely depends on your purpose. Even Bilstein shocks will do well off-road now and then. So, if you are in a pinch (money-wise), you can choose them. If you want the best off-road shocks, though, your search ends with Fox 2.0.
Before we sign off, let’s go through a few FAQs about shocks.
1) Are Bilstein 5100 shocks good for towing?
Absolutely, they work well for normal driving, rare off-roading, and towing.
2) Do Bilstein 5100 shocks lift the truck?
They have an extended length to accommodate more lift but if you want to lift the vehicle, you will have to purchase the Bilstein 5100 struts.
3) Are Fox 2.0 shocks worth the money?
Yes, they are built for off-roading and they do complete justice to their price tag.
4) What is the difference between Bilstein 4600 and Bilstein 5100?
Bilstein 5100 shocks are improved versions. They offer more durability and better performance. Bilstein 4600 are stock shocks.
If you have any more questions or would like to offer suggestions, please feel free to comment. We are always looking forward to constructive feedback.