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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-07-2008, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Bilstien or AFCO???

Which are better,Bilstien or Afco? I will eventually go to MTS..... I had another post asking about Progressive but have since scrapped that Idea after talking to there tech rep......All input is greatly appreciated!!!!!
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I have owned all of these.... AFCO, Billsteins, WERS, Fox, Stock...
I have tested all of the above and...... ELKA's, Kings, Sport Shocks

I currently have Billsteins on my Rhino with the MTS Kit and I have AFCO's on the Rhino that my brother drives.....

I would have to say go with the AFCO's... Performance wise the AFCO's Billsteins and WERS are a toss up. But the AFCO's are a better price. But the main reason is Customer Service. Steve (Makin Trax) will take good care of you. He stands behind his products. He knows his shit about shocks. If you arent happy he will make it right. He even came to my house and changed out the rear springs for me. I didnt tell him my cage was so damn heavy. Try getting that kind of service from Walker Evans or Billstein.

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Bilstein Shocks w/ Eibach Springs 250lb front & 400lb rear
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Thanks for the info Mike,I see that you are running a LSR MTS kit,How do you like it? Will the AFCO'S work with the LSR kit? That is the kit that I am going to eventually get.
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What happened when you called Progressive?

Hapa- ''When I checked into my motel, I said to the lady at the desk:

"I hope the porn channel in my room is disabled."

"No," she said, "it's just regular porn, you sick bastard."
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The KIT is great. I can hang with the big boys and their LT Kit. I actually like my kit better than most full LT Kits due to my better turning radius. I didnt get the kit because it was cheaper. Money was not an issue. I got it because I thought it was the best kit.

My only issue..... I had a problem breaking rear axles. I broke 5 or 6 axles total. They couldnt figure it out. Thye told me that the most anyone had broke was 2 and that was a racer. LSRgreg was great. The service wasnt an issue. He finally came to the conclusion that Billstein had made a bad batch of shocks. They were slightly out of tolerance and they were too long. This gave me to much droop and the LSR Axles couldnt handle the angle and my abuse. I fellt that every broken axle was due to my abuse and I told them that. He said he could fix the shocks for free by adding an internal stop or he could sale me a set of Gorilla Axles at cost. He felt the Gorillas could handle a little more angle than the LSR Axles. I chose the Gorillas and I havent broke one yet. I abuse the hell out of my Rhino. I kept the LSR axles and stock CV's as spares just in case. They are liftime warranty and LSR is great about the warranty....

The Afco Shocks will work great with the MTS Kit.... Once you get your kit if you feel they need a little adjusting for optimal performance I am sure Steve will take care of it for you. If you want I am sure he would even take your Rhino out for a ride and make sure it is perfroming perfect. I dont get paid by him nor do I get free shocks. I am just being honest. He is a good guy.

Dont get me wrong... the Billsteins will work fine for both applications too. But you wont get the service like you will from Steve. IMO that is very important when it comes to shocks.

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LSR MTS +3 Mid Travel Kit
Bilstein Shocks w/ Eibach Springs 250lb front & 400lb rear
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What happened when you called Progressive?
The tech Rep. told me that they probley wouldn't work with most MTS due to there travel,When I asked how they compared to Bilstiens he was honest and told be that the Bilstiens were most likly a better choice for my application,There shocks were targeted toward work applications..Hunting,farm use....Mike,whats the best way to get ahold of Steve????
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Skip the PM's and give him a call.... He is a super nice guy. Tell him mikef sent you and he will take good care of you. If he doesnt answer leave him a voice mail. He will call you back soon.

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LSR MTS +3 Mid Travel Kit
Bilstein Shocks w/ Eibach Springs 250lb front & 400lb rear
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Thanks for the props Mike!!!!!!

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is there any difference in the travel between bilstein and afco?
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is there any difference in the travel between bilstein and afco?
Not that I know of.... If there is then it is not noticeable when driving.

2006 Rhino 660
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UTVCrap Sheave
4 Seat Cage w/42" Rear PRP Seat
ITP T-7C Wheels (5+2 front offset & 2+5 Rear)
Big Horn Tires (25x8x12 & 25x10x12)
LSR MTS +3 Mid Travel Kit
Bilstein Shocks w/ Eibach Springs 250lb front & 400lb rear
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...BRP_Avatar.jpg http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...avatar/byc.jpg http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...r/uutv1211.jpg
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