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Old 09-04-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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Shocks for the truck

The stock shocks on my truck are shot.

What should I replace them with? anything special for being a some-time tow vehicle? Or does that really make any difference?
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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I personally really like Bilstein, a little spendy but great performance and warranty.
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I was happy with Bilstein on my F250. I thought they got the ride about as good as possible with the truck's suspension and purpose. I had one fail (dripping fluid) and they were very good about the warranty.
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Bilstein, buddy.
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Hmmm...several votes for the Bilsteins, and exactly "0" votes for...anything else.

Thing is, this is an old truck. I don't know how much longer I'll have it. otoh, there's no funding for anything else, either, but it does make me balk a little at the notion of investing in a more expensive upgrade.

decisions, decisions...
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I installed a set of Monroe Sensatrac shocks on my old Suburban several years ago. Made a tremendous difference in the ride. I was very pleased with them. I think they are the top of the line from Monroe, but not sure. On an older truck that you are not going to drive a lot I would think they would be fine.
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Bilsteins here.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:43 PM   #8
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Hmmm...several votes for the Bilsteins, and exactly "0" votes for...anything else.

Thing is, this is an old truck. I don't know how much longer I'll have it. otoh, there's no funding for anything else, either, but it does make me balk a little at the notion of investing in a more expensive upgrade.

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Go online and shop them...4wheel parts wholesaler is a good resource for discounted Billy Stiens. They have the 5100's for just over $50.
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Go online and shop them...4wheel parts wholesaler is a good resource for discounted Billy Stiens. They have the 5100's for just over $50.
got a link? google returns hits for numerous retailers that have that name or something similar...and I didn't see any $50 billsteins on the ones I checked.
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http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits...ct&emlprox=out
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yeah..when I type in my make and model, I don't see that price, or anything close to it.
4600 series is $62; but the 5100 (and I don't understand the difference) is $80.
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yeah..when I type in my make and model, I don't see that price, or anything close to it.
4600 series is $62; but the 5100 (and I don't understand the difference) is $80.
Not positive on the specs, but I believe the 5100 uses a larger piston in chromaloy and better seals. You never said what model your rig is?

Check tire rack too
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Chuck,

The Bilstein 5100 series shocks are typically the "off road" type shocks while the 4600 series is the "on road" shock. For your application (from your signature) the 5100 and 4600 series shocks are both 46mm (same size piston). Also for your application there are different 5100 series shocks if your truck is lifted (as is done for off road and larger tires). See link from Bilstein USA website: Bilstein, Innovation and High Quality Since 1873

I have had the 4600 series on my 2003 F250 for 70,000 miles and they have been and continue to be amazing.

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yep, its in my sig.

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