Truck shocks

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by jeepinmatt, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    I guess after 8 years and 255k miles, it's probably time for some new shocks on the truck. Empty ride quality is the biggest thing, as any new shock will dampen better than what's currently on there. All the Ford forums rave about Bilstein 5100s, but the same group will say they love them because they are firm, and then say they love them because the are soft, so the data quality is poor. I talked to Accutune about some Fox shocks valved for my truck, but $1100 is just more than makes sense for a road truck. Here's ballpark prices on what I'm considering:
    Bilstein 5100 $300
    Bilstein 4600 $300
    KYB Mono $350
    Rancho 9000 $400
    Stock Ford $250
     
  2. paradisePWoffrd

    paradisePWoffrd Recovering Project Junkie

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    I put 5100s on my dodge, mostly because I got them cheap. The ride got better but not drastic.

    The Dodge forums rave about a shackle flip in the rear being a big answer to ride quality but there are drawbacks.
     
  3. 83oldyoda4x4

    83oldyoda4x4 Well-Known Member

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    4600 should ride a little softer than the 5100.
     
  4. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Agreed. I put the 5100s on the Dodge about 8 yrs ago, and I have no complaints.

    It'll lower the roll center by a lot. Fuck that.
     
  5. paradisePWoffrd

    paradisePWoffrd Recovering Project Junkie

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    Agreed. It would also make the rear squat like all the Fords, when loaded.
     
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  6. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Well, I found some KYB Monomax for $200 shipped. Jumped on that. We will see how they work out. Did a lot more digging on the fix or repair daily forums, and found multiple posts comparing the KYBs to the Bilsteins before pulling the trigger.
     
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  7. Caver Dave

    Caver Dave Just holdin' it down here in BFV Moderator

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    Went with 5100s on the front of Lumpy (F-350 C&C) and once I get the rear lower brackets defuq'd (previous imbeciles attempted to jack up the rear by the starboard mount & folded it over) will follow with a set there as well
     
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  8. DSM Turbos

    DSM Turbos Well-Known Member

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    I did Bilstein 4600 on my F250, and liked them.
     
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  9. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Thanks for the feedback fellas. Hopefully I will get the new KYBs on this weekend and will update this thread in a couple weeks once I have some miles on them.
     
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