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Replacing stock shock absorbers.

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Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby dools702 [OP] » May 01 2010, 3:22pm

Don't want to change the ride. Just want to know which maker and at what mileage.
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby HOTROD HELL » May 17 2010, 3:22pm

definately can't go wrong with bilstein. and it all depends on how much you tow and haul and what not and how hard you are on your suspension! living on a minimum maintenance road and doing alot of towing and hauling and running accross fields i tend to wear mine out quite a bit faster than most!
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby koolz71 » May 17 2010, 4:45pm

make sure you get the correct shocks when you do replace them..the Z71 package took special shocks for a stiffer ride. From what i heard the 4x4 shocks differ from the Z71 package shocks
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby lzn197 » May 17 2010, 5:39pm

Yes. The Z71 shocks were special. Before you buy shocks, ask the store about their return policy. Some of them will take them back if the ride is not what you expected. Just don't wait too long. Installation tip. When you replace shocks, try to compress the suspension to as close to sitting on the ground compression as you can and THEN tighten the hardware. Use hand torque, not air tools! ;)
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby rm_woz » May 21 2010, 2:38am

I agree with koolz, I've got a 99' 2500 4x4 Seirra, the shock are very specific. I just ordered and installed Rancho 5000. My 5.7 lt. changed every thing when ordering. My truck has org. shocks, with 170000 miles. I will let you no about the ride.
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Also, ordering on line was cheaper $30.00 than on the phone....
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby LonestarEMT » May 22 2010, 1:12am

I've got pro comps on my Z71 and they are a great ride. They also cost less than Rancho.
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby duane4238 » Jun 01 2010, 3:52am

I'll agree with everyone on getting the exact replacements if you have a z71 package. I took off my z71's Bilsteins at 100,000 miles and replaced with Monroe shocks (don't remember which ones but they were expensive and recommended by the parts people at Autozone. WELL........ They really stink! The ride is totally different, soft, rolly, bouncy after hitting bumps in the road, like the wheels aren't staying in contact with the pavement. Will definitely go back to the Bilsteins as soon as the wallet can afford it.
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby Anthony from texas » Jun 04 2010, 4:23am

shocks start to fade between 40k and 60k , a good truck shock in my opinion would be monroe gas magnum, there tuned for trucks and suv,s the have twice the fluid capacity and a bigger bore. nitregen filled, and cost effective at around 50$ each
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby TrentW » Jun 28 2010, 5:17pm

Aren't Bilsteins guaranteed for life?
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Re: Replacing stock shock absorbers.

Postby duane4238 » Jul 20 2010, 2:27am

Yes, Bilsteins are guaranteed for life, BUT only if there is a defect in materials or workmanship. Their warranty does not cover normal "wear and tear" as they state on their website. My Bilsteins were worn out at over 100,000 miles when I replaced them and I was told they were not covered under a warranty because they simply wore out! Buyer beware. I've had this same experience with Advance Auto Parts Stores when returning items that have a lifetime warranty. Since running into problems there, I've taken my business to Autozone which stands by their lifetime warranty and replaces items no matter if they've worn out or are defective. Just be careful where you buy your parts!
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