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Author Topic:   Afco to Bilstien recomendations
Racer77
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted October 29, 2001 10:07 AM
I currently run a Bilstien only on RF like a (77-2)? I would like to put them on all four corners. Bilstien's site said to put them on, then just reset the ride height. The car handles OK now but need that extra bit. What has been your results? Is it worth it? Will I have to change anythiing else?

istock59
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 147
posted October 29, 2001 10:26 AM
IMO, the absolute best thing I did on my IMCA stockcar was to take the Afco shocks off and replace with Bilsteins. Worth every penny.

There's a swap meet here in DesMoines every winter, where a vendor sells 4 Bilsteins for $350. That's the cheapest I've seen.

wfoondirt
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 242
posted October 29, 2001 02:12 PM
The only thing i do different when scaling a car with gas charged shocks is to unhook them when the car is on the scales. I totally agree that the bilstiens are a much better shock than the afco....especially for the cost of the afcos.

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 5060
posted October 29, 2001 02:22 PM UIN: 16262997
I have been looking for a conversion chart for the site for all these different shocks, does anyone know where I might be able to get ahold of one?

jammin

istock59
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 147
posted October 29, 2001 03:59 PM
Jammin, the Bilstein catalog has a conversion chart. That's all I've seen.

It also shows a cross to Pro and Carerra shock numbers.

juniorfan
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted October 29, 2001 06:51 PM
there's also one in the performance bodies catalog.

Racer77
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted October 30, 2001 09:20 AM
Thanks to all.
I'll be changing the shocks out as soon as I can find what the conversion #'s are. I'll try the catalogs. Thanks again. What a great site!

speedy79
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted November 01, 2001 07:26 AM
The conversion to a Bilstein from any gas charge shcok is like this A 1094 is the same as a 9 inch stroke 4040 Bilstein. Also when it comes to split valves the first # is rebound and second # is compression so a 3050 is a 30 rebound 50 compression. It was recommended to me that you drop one valving from afco to bilstein. So if you ran a 94 RR, I would run a 3030 Bilstein. To save money you can run the small body shocks on the front.

Dirt2race
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted November 08, 2001 08:12 PM
Not only are the Bilstiens, the most consistant shocks I have ever ran, but the small body ones are great for the front. There is absolutly no clearance problems with them. They however do break if you take a hard hit, but I honestly believe that is better than a big one bending slightly and not knowing it. You can chase a problem like that for weeks.

Anth USA-1
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted November 08, 2001 08:16 PM
We ran AFCO for years...this year we switched to Bilstein and never had a problem. The reason we switched was because we had to replace a ton of AFCO's because they were leaking, or breaking, or some other problem. I like the Bilsteins a lot better.

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