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Old 10-09-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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New Shocks for the F-150 Super Crew

I am thinking that before we take off on our x-country adventure in one week I should replace my shocks on the 2007 F-150. The TV has about 80K miles on it and when I an towing it feels sometimes like the AS is giving the truck a "horsey-ride". It is a Super Crew. Any thoughts on appropriateness? I cant seem to find a Bilstein dealer anywhere in town. Any other good brands or shock type that you all like?
I am also going to have the brakes checked out before we depart.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:03 AM   #2
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I personally think Bilsteins are the way to go, and as a matter of fact am in the process of ordering some to replace my factory shocks. I have used them on my last three trucks, and they really are a lot better than anything out there. One trip down a wash board road and you will become a believer.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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I also have had very good luck with, and recommend Bilstein shocks.

I have had good luck with web ordering from these folks for years: http://www.summitracing.com/search/b...By=ProductName
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Gabriel's on my F250 worked just as good as the Bilsteins I had for 4 years. The HD Gabriel's were highly rated from what I researched online. Cost was a factor in my commitment but with a lifetime guarantee for free replacement, how can you go wrong. Ride improvment was significant.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:50 AM   #5
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Bilsteins

I found the cheapest price on Bilstein's at CARid. Ordered set of 4600 and Bilstein steering dampner. The 4600 Bilstein's are built to match a factory suspension components, but have day and night difference dampening over rough roads. My experience has been with Bilstein, KYB, and Rancho. My truck will spend 2 months traveling down a very rough and wash board gravel road. Bilstein shocks provide me with the most secure, best ride in that environment, nothing that I have owned comes close. On the stretches of bad road when pulling our Airstream, the Bilstein's reduce the porpoising. I am installing these shocks on a 2015 Ford F250 FX4, that should tell you what I think of Bilstein shocks. Anyone want to buy a set of lightly used Ford Rancho shocks?
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If you fancy the Bilstiens (which are good), a vendor on the wranglerforum "Kolak" sells them, shipped to your door, cheaper than any other dealer I've priced. If you go to the forum, and look at the vendor section, or just search his name, PM him your vehicle info and he should be able to price you. If I recall, he takes PayPal, and has a couple thousand sales listed on the forum, all satisfactory.
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I thought that Bilsteins were the cat's meow, as I have been using them as OEM replacements for many years, including my '04 Sprinter service van.

I recently upgraded my struts (worn) and shocks with Konis on my '11 Sprinter, and the handling difference is nothing shirt of amazing!!!!

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KONI is to Bilstein what Monroe is to B.

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I must drive a lot more gentley than you guys. I usually trade Chevys between 150,000 and 175,000 miles, and can't remember ever replacing the shocks.
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I must drive a lot more gentley than you guys. I usually trade Chevys between 150,000 and 175,000 miles, and can't remember ever replacing the shocks.
Shocks wear so gradually that lots of people don't realize they have gone bad, but I guarantee you they are not performing as designed after about 75,000 miles max, and some sooner than that.

Then add the weight and bouncing of a travel trailer, in most cases the original shocks really aren't up the job when new.
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Well I am being told that the rear shocks for my F-150 are 6 weeks backordered! Fronts I can get pretty much anywhere but the rear, so far nowhere. (24-186704)
Not sure if I should do half before the trip and worry about the back later or just wait till after the trip. One shop suggested I put Monroe Magnums on at half the price and figure I will trade before they go bad. But a stiffer ride.
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Don't know how much you use the truck without the trailer, but for towing, the stiffer the better, but non towing ride will be worse.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:17 AM   #13
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Just ordered the Bilsteins! Found them in stock at eshock.com Good price 3 day shipping so they will be in the F-150 next week. Thanks for the help.
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Basic dampers are marginal, and I mean is at X cycles the oil begins to overheat, foam, and essentially you're done. This is why OEs began to charge them with nitrogen, as it raised the boiling point of the oil. There still is a point on the graph where the oil foams.

The Magnums are very decent for the dough. Indeed, they are sufficient on the RAM to keep to demands that I subject them to. They are rather stiff; I'd not use them up front. I haven't noticed much ride degradation unloaded; it was comfortable but firm to begin with.

I have used the Reflex, too, in previous trucks. The ride quality is good, but they tended to fade as quickly as the stock deCarbon units (low bid) with a heavy payload.
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