Well I am glad to hear the Ranchos are working out Peewee.... I made the switch from Ranchos to Bilsteins and noticed a diffrence. The road mannerisms are much better, it makes sense that you get what you pay for. The Ranchos worked great off-road, but on road you felt all the little bumps. Since I do more highway travel now, this was starting to get to me, the Bilsteins defintly smoothed the ride alot and absorbs the bumps alot better than the Ranchos did. I just got back from a 1000 mile trip and am happy I made the switch, the ride was defintly alot smoother.
Are your Bilstein's the 5100's? All I can find for the 1st gen's are the HD's and they are around 150 bucks for two fronts, where-as the 5100's are 100 bucks. The only 5100's I've found are for 2nd gen frontiers.