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Old 11-24-2010, 06:42 AM   #1
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Question New Shocks on tug

While rotating tires on my tug ('04 F-150 4wd) I noted that the rear port shock is leaking. Needs replacing. Questions: Other than matching original equipment, are there any other options that I should consider? Should I replace both rears at the same time? What about the front struts?
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:09 AM   #2
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I am unsure if you need to replace the front struts - I would look at the vehicle maintenance schedule. I was always told "that if you replace shocks on one side then you need to replace both". I was also told that if one shock fails then replace them all - the others will soon follow.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:54 AM   #3
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When I bought our '08 GMC 2500 used with 50K+ miles, the shocks seemed too soft. With recommendation from the GM truck forum, I replaced them all with Bilstein shocks. I really like them.

I would at a minimum replace both rear shocks, and at a minimum with original equipment quality.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:55 AM   #4
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Sorry, somehow got a double post.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:22 AM   #5
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Senatrac is good choice for the money

I put these on my 1/2 ton. Seem as good as OEM, Konis and Ranchos I've had for normal driving, but were a big improvement while towing with WD hitch - especially at front wheels. More stable when braking. Less "hobby horsing" on intestate.

Got great price at Advance Auto with lifetime replacement warranty.

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Old 11-24-2010, 08:27 AM   #6
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Always replace in pairs (across axles). How many miles on the fronts? If they have more than 60 - 70K on them, I'd go ahead and do fronts.
All the brands above are good choices.
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Tnx for the advice,,, I bit the bullet and replaced them all around. The truck has >84K and these are the first tires and shocks that I've had to buy. I do pay good attention to pressure, balance and alignment.
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