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Struts and shocks

Postby Riflerack31 [OP] » Feb 05 2020, 4:44pm

2008 silverado 223,000 miles, 5.3. The shocks have never been changed. I have 2 inch level blocks on the front end and i want the new struts to just be stock height so the front sits on the blocks just as they are now. I dont want any change in height. I do not want Bilstein for one they are very expensive, and two i want the whole strut replaced spring and all. Dont want to go cheap, but dont need the cream of the crop either. The rear shocks i will go with the same brand on whatever i decide on the front. Suggestions?
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby Bradley21sanders » Feb 05 2020, 5:25pm

probably would just go with a monroe or ac delco replacement assembly from rockauto or if you can find it cheaper on amazon. looking at probably $100 each give or take
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby nealinator » Feb 05 2020, 5:50pm

My next go round...I will probably be trying out the Ranchos. These lift 2" so you just leave the spacer you have out and the height will be the same as you have now pretty much. I have the Bilstein curently and do find them a bit harsh. Feedback on this site is that the Ranchos are more compliant and also adjustable to dial in your preference.

Rock Auto has the fronts for $165 each. Scroll down to the RS999901 https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/gmc ... mbly,15174

Rears: $92 each RS999198 https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/gmc ... orber,7556

Total Rock Auto with shipping at tax is $585.94

Amazon has the full set for $545 https://www.amazon.com/Rancho-Suspensio ... B00P03C4O2

Total with tax from Amazon is $579.84
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby roorancher » Feb 05 2020, 6:53pm

Take a look at the Gabriels. I have those in front of my truck. Ride is good. Similar to OEM.

Right now Amazon has a coupon deal, and you can get all 4 for $278.74

http://gabriel.com/product-search/light ... 00&engine=
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby Onlyina_Chevy » Feb 06 2020, 3:29am

Riflerack31 wrote:I have 2 inch level blocks on the front end and i want the new struts to just be stock height so the front sits on the blocks just as they are now.


nealinator wrote:My next go round...I will probably be trying out the Ranchos. These lift 2" so you just leave the spacer you have out and the height will be the same as you have now pretty much.


What he's talking about is this here.
4 Wheel Parts - Rancho 2 Inch Loaded QuickLIFT - RS999901
Sure, it seems redundant especially since this set is ~$30 more per side....but consider this! IF you can wait just one month, EVERY March, 4WheelParts runs there March Madness sale. They have crazy good prices on their equipment and installation so you might be able to get in on a 2 for 1 sale or FREE INSTALLATION. Lemme tell ya, if I could have gotten free installation on my coilovers, I would have been happier than a pig in stuff!

The great part about a set up like this is that the shock is matched to the spring (usually a softer spring) and will create a much better ride, even if you decide to preload the shock to a higher setting. ***Preloading a spring creates a stiffer ride as you go higher*** but if you go higher you can put a taller tire on the truck which inadvertently adds more cushion between you and the road. It sorta remedies the situation. It's just a give and take thing.
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby ricka182 » Feb 06 2020, 2:17pm

If the shock component of the quick lift system is the same as their RS9000 series, I'd avoid them unless you like bouncing around. I have a set in the rear of my truck, and I have them adjusted to the max level, and I'm still bouncing all over. I know rear is not the same as front, but I'm guessing they use the same adjustable parts for both, and as soon as I get some warmer weather, they are being replaced.
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby Riflerack31 [OP] » Feb 06 2020, 4:54pm

Yeah i just want to use the same spacers i have now, dont want the taller struts. How about the ac delco, anybody have any experience with those?
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby nealinator » Feb 06 2020, 4:59pm

Pretty much anything you buy will be an vast improvement over shocks with over 220k on them. The life of shocks is 70-100k depending on environment and road conditions. Could even be less. Any play in your steering or movement in wheels when lifted off the ground...and you should look into some front end work as well (assuming it is all original also).
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby Riflerack31 [OP] » Feb 06 2020, 5:09pm

At 175000 miles did front end work, ball joints and steering arms. But yeah theres alot more work to be done. Im trying to catch up on my truck here. But funny you mention, i do have play in my steering wheel right now. Im thinking steering shaft or box.
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Re: Struts and shocks

Postby nealinator » Feb 06 2020, 5:20pm

You have a box? I thought the 07+ were all a rack.
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