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Old 04-02-2021, 07:21 AM   #1
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KYB v Bilsteins - Stock E150

Generally believe you get what you pay for, but there are also cases of just buy what you need. Really wondering if I will feel a difference between the KYB Gas-A-Just and the Bilsteins on my particular van. Looking to upgrade from stock.

4.6L E150, no lift, 56k miles, BFG ATs, generally light build. Van was 5300lb (3000f, 2300r) as empty cargo van. No idea what I am at now....but my interior in minimal w/ camping gear and a couple mountain bikes.

Driving is 95% pavement and some dirt roads to trailheads, etc.

2012 E150 4.6L V8 "Margot"
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:42 AM   #2
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I have not used the KYB's. I have had bilsteins on several ford Van's (all E350s. On every single one it gave a more firm performance type ride. E150s are generally soft from the factory. I would think the 150s ride would benefit from the Bilstiens. But the stock Van's only have about 2-1/2" of travel max, so it's not going transform your ride magically.

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Old 04-02-2021, 11:21 AM   #3
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The Gas-A-Just is basically OEM grade. The newer takes off factory shocks are well tuned for lighter vans IMO but don’t long.

KYB does make the MonoMax as well which performs as well as Bilstein but it’s not rebuildable. I bought mine through Les Schwab, so I just get a new free set installed every 60-80k
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon
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