Originally Posted by Tom
IMHO shocks have a huge effect on the suspension...
Agreed. In a lifetime of perhaps 100 car ownership and maintenance, I don't remember every buying a set of shock absorbers. How does one make decision on shocks, there are too many models/manufacturers available and no way to test them out (or can you?) returning ones which do little or no good.
Realizing the goals for 4x4 off road suspension are way different from a 2wd truck loaded only with driver 99% of the time...so what magic words in the manufacturer's catalog trigger a purchase to buy (try). Or does one waste gobs of money trying this or that for results?
And I believe getting a buddy's or shop mechanic's recommendations about shock absorbers are like getting recommendations for a fast food restaurant. A buddy's choices rarely fit your circumstances. Most importantly I'm coming to think the shock absorber choice must also be made in conjunction with the tire choice.
I wish we had access to the Ford research & development files of the tests they run to chose both tires and shocks. Shame they aren't released after 5 years for a peek into the test results and their decisions. When I'm King I'll set that up right after I fix the economy. Shocks there are about to getting real bad.