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Does anyone know if the Bilstein Position Sensitive Dampers are electronically controlled
I haven't seen anything to suggest that they are. My guess is that they are more or less a bypass type.
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Fox Lives would have been a sweet option and a must have.

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That would have definitely been a checked box for me. I'm sure my Bronco will be on fully adjustable Kings within a few years, or sooner if the Bilsteins suck.
 

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Ran both for years and prefer the Bilsteins. Life time warranty and they take the punishment and don't have to be rebuilt like the Fox. Great shock and glad to see it on the Bronco.
 

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Nope. Both make pretty good products. My Taco has a stock Fox and they are fine. Haven't done much to tax them. My FJCruiser ran with Bilsteins and a 3" lift for 60k with a really good ride quality on / off road.
 

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Personally I'm a little disappointed to see Ford go with the Bilstein Shocks on the higher packages. I was really hoping to see the Bronco sitting on the Fox Active Shocks, similar to the Raptor. I'm not saying they are junk or anything. I currently drive a 2016 4Runner TRD Pro which has the 2.5" Bilstein Shocks and they've been great for 66K. I just love the feel of the Progressive valving of say Fox or King over the Digressive Bilsteins. They just don't have that cushy feel of the Fox and can be a little harsh on the street and small stuff, especially when paired with LT tires. It would have been nice to be able to choose the shock package to suit your needs. Oh well just my take on it.
I guess I'm good with the choice for Ford to put Bilstein Shocks on the Bronco....doesn't mean that I'm going to stick with them for long....I previously owned a Rubicon that I upgraded to Fox system...will do the same once I get all of the initial cost of purchasing the Bronco paid off and paid for. Most likely willl change them out by the start of the 22 season.
 

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Does anyone know if the Bilstein Position Sensitive Dampers are electronically controlled
ESCV is fully mechanical. Not live suspension.

They have created three main zones with the ESCV valves and a fourth bypass area from the reservoir porting, if all my observations are correct.

The two end zones will be progressive valved the deeper into travel you get. The tech packed into these "basic" shocks is very impressive. Your traditional non bypass 2.5 may have less heat fade, but may not outperform them in general damper duties because of the zones. An internal or external bypass shock is another story.

I don't want live valve yet until it's DSC capable. Otherwise DSC > live valve.

I think 4WP has DSC shocks on their lifted one with upper arms. FWIW
 

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If you are disappointed in the choice of Bilstein you should really do some homework into the brand and its history. One of the top suspension brands in all of racing. Both on road and off.
 

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I've always used bilstein or OME shocks... i'm not disappointed at all. Bilstein makes a fantastic product and its designed for the Bronco... looks like a winner to me.
 

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I think like said prior the fox shocks will show up on the raptor version/hog. I think the bilstein is fine and a great factory part. The awesome thing is the bronco is a coil over setup factory and you have options if you so desire.
 

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I think like said prior the fox shocks will show up on the raptor version/hog. I think the bilstein is fine and a great factory part. The awesome thing is the bronco is a coil over setup factory and you have options if you so desire.
 

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I just love the feel of the Progressive valving of say Fox or King over the Digressive Bilsteins.
Has Ford indicated they will be digressive?

I'm sure Ford can specify any tuning curve they want, and this being a purpose built off-roader I doubt they would want large low-speed damping.

By no means a suspension expert, but most of the offroading setups I've seen have progressive damping. Sometimes even supplemental jounce dampers to help dissipate high energy jumps.
 

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I’ve had nothing but good experience with both brands
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