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Old 06-10-2017, 10:23 PM   #1
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Shocks for a 2004 Sierra 2500 HD ?

I am pulling a 25 foot 2004 Airstream Classic (GVWR 7300 lbs) with a 2004 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE and a Hensley hitch. As the pick-up gets older, when I go over bumps in the road I feel like I'm sometimes going over an ocean swell, however sway is not a problem. I can't remember the last time I replaced the shocks on the pick-up. Would replacing them help resolve the problem, and which shocks would you recommend ? Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:43 AM   #2
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The factory shocks on my 2001 Chevrolet 2500HD were shot after a couple of years. I replaced them with Bilsteins and they are still working great after more than ten years. The replacement was a fairly simple DIY project. My front suspension is torsion bar, so the front shocks were easy, too. While you're down there, check the condition of the front jounce bumpers - my factory ones were torn up and new ones improved the ride a lot. Those are a single bolt installation - you just need to jack the front end up enough to get the parts in.
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Hello again Boog,
It might have been ten years ago but was wondering if you had the model number for the Bilstein shocks ?
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I got the 4600 series because my 2001 truck is at stock ride height. They make a 5100 series for lifted trucks. I think that the jounce bumpers were GM part # 15835666. You can verify if thatís the right part for your 2004 truck.
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I had an 03 2500HD duramax that I first installed Bilsteins on and they were a nice improvement over stock but I ended up putting Rancho RS9000XL adjustable shocks on and they were a big improvement. I had a Lance camper on the truck and it turned an otherwise firm riding truck into jello, The Ranchos are adjustable so you can dial in the ride you want.
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