Hey, what's up with that? I paid $19 in shipping, and I'm in MI - technically closer to CA than you!!! Outrageous I tell you!!! Oh well.
FWIW, I'm going to install the fronts first, and go for a drive to see the improvements with just the front and then compare with the rears added. I'm not convinced the rears are "necessary", for those looking for a *quick* fix/improvement. The rear is so light/stiff (unloadede) compared to the front that I'm not convinced the rears will make nearly as much difference - we'll see.
Since there's a couple Bilstein threads, I'll put this post in both for search purposes:
Well, I got the shocks in on Friday. Put the fronts in Sat morning, and went for a long drive to see what the impact of front only. Front was much more controlled, and less "2nd" bounce form hitting the bumps, as stated from guys above.
But, as was suggested by FirstDiesel
, the rear felt REALLY squirly. The boucyness in the back was very pronounced, since it lacked the same control that the front now had. So, this made me feel very good that I got all 4.
Next, pulled the rears, only to find that one of them was wasted. So, this explained the REALLY significant difference noted, but still justified the new rears. Put them in, and went driving around again - very noticeable improvement from the rear.
I think ride is a little stiffer, but this is partly from the lack of "wallowing" that exists with the stock shocks. Overall, big improvement as everyone else has stated. I would have to recommend that anyone replacing the stock shocks, do all 4, as was recommended by others.
Thanks for mentioning Offroadwarehouse, gradyghost. I was just going to mention them when I saw your post.
I also agree with different posts on here. Shocks were wasted by 7k. I only had 1 rear that had any life left, and it wasn't much. Of course, dealer disputed this because they didn't take them off, but I wouldn't want replacements unless they replaced with the bilstein's.
I ordered mine from Napa supply house here in town, dont know price, but they treat me well.. I know that Kennedy is a big distributer for them and he ships free on orders of all four shocks. Hindsite, I should have just gotten them from im....Hmm, maybe I will?
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