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Old 02-11-2011, 10:09 AM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
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Default Shock absorbers

Hey guys, quick question. If you were going to replace shocks what would you use? Single tube, double tube, gas, pressurized Gas? Assume you're willing to pay a bit "extra" for a good unit/ride.

I've looked at Garbiel Max, Bilstein, and Monroe Sensa_trac.

Thanks in advance, Dan
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:17 AM
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Billstein and ranchos are good, just go with the ones specified for your truck. I recommend Billstein though
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:28 AM
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the bilsteins rock. my fx4 came stock with them, and people who know nothing about trucks have told me that mine rides way better than other rangers, 2 or 4 wheel drive, that have regular shocks.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:12 PM
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Default Re: Shock absorbers

Thanks for the input guys.

I forgot to ask one other thing, do I need to worry about travel since I'm not taking it off road? Some shocks have 5 inches while others have 10 inches of travel. I realize a 5 inch anything is significant. I ask because I'm in Ohio and the roads can get pretty bad - like my street now has 5 inch, or more, asphalt heaving.

I also wondered if the newer technology would work better or worse on an old truck like a 97.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:28 PM
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just get stock specification shocks. If you get longer and you do end up in a situation where the shock reaches maximum up travel say hello to a nice repair bill lol
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:56 PM
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just get stock specification shocks. If you get longer and you do end up in a situation where the shock reaches maximum up travel say hello to a nice repair bill lol
Good point.

Thanks for the help guys. Dan
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:39 PM
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Default Re: Shock absorbers

I just changed mine from factory shocks to bilsteins hd so much better paid 140 for both front from tirerack. I would get them again
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:45 PM
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I just changed mine from factory shocks to bilsteins hd so much better. I would get them again
I just did the same thing
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:01 PM
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Yeah man Bilsteins are where it's at. You Pay a little more but their worth it. My dad couldn't believe what a difference the ride quality was when he took my truck for a ride.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:26 AM
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Default Re: Shock absorbers

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. Dan
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:29 AM
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are you runnin the 5150hd?
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:37 PM
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Default Re: Shock absorbers

I went with Gabriel Max Control Mono Tube shocks. They were a bit more expensive than what I initially thought I'd spend (money saved on my own installation was used to get better shocks) but the ride is incredible.

I have not replaced a shock absorber for nearly ten years so the new technology available these days is amazing.
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:25 PM
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Default Re: Shock absorbers

Hey Dan, any updates on the shocks? My Cincinnati-beaten ranger needs shocks too, was looking at the Gabriel max controls. I haul my motorcycle from time to time and was thinking a monotube would be appropriate. Not sure what to think about Bilsteins as they seem geared more for off road/4x4
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