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Shocks

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I'm bouncing all over the road!  Especially when towing 10k 5th wheel.  What shocks do you recommend and where to purchase? Thx!

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I'm using belstines, got them on line, think amazon was cheapest at time.

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I want to try kyb mono max per another forum. Have yellow bodied bilsteins on it now and they suck with the current tires.

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I have ran many different shocks over the years and what I have learned is that I'll never again touch a Rancho shock but I will continue to buy Bilstiens. 

 

I have the 5100's on my truck right now and they are by far the best shock I have ever ran. 

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2 hours ago, Mopar1973Man said:

Personally, I think there is way too much hype for Bilstein shocks.

 

I have to agree.  Any vehicle I've driven/rode in that has Bilstein shocks had a very firm/hard ride.  Bilstein shock may be good for the track but not the road.

After 93k miles and only paved roads I still have the original shocks on the my truck but the shocks or struts I put on customers' cars are the Monroe Sensa-Trac.  They are a gas filled shock that gives a nice ride, are reasonably priced and never had one fail.  They are available for the Ram 2500.  

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I have 4600s on the 24v that I bought new. Zero complaints with the two different sets of tires. Now the 4600s on the 12v....good god they are bad.

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I don't know how you guys tell the difference in how ruff the truck rides, mine rides like a brick unless it's loaded. Original shocks were still good but rusty with 150k, but when changing front Springs I stripped both top front threads, so I cut them off and got bilstin 5100 and they were on sale for 35 a piece  I think or even cheaper. They are a single wall thats thicker and have larger piston, so that's my story.

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Are you sure it isn't the new front springs?

 

5100's firmed up my ride over OEM shocks but in a good way. The OEM's were spongy and the 5100's are crisp and it now handles the way it should empty or loaded. 

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Yeah its been this way forever,  when I bought it before bumbers or springs or shocks. Noticed it right away but knew it is what it is. I know that my work truck f350 rides better. I'm ok I still like the bitc..

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14 hours ago, Dieselfuture said:

I don't know how you guys tell the difference in how ruff the truck rides, mine rides like a brick unless it's loaded.

 

Most likely the tire pressures are too high. This one reason I run two different tire pressures because if I left the tires inflated for towing then the ride is really harsh when I'm not towing. 

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What is a good money saving shock for a work truck? Is Monroe any good to save bucks with?

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I have a set of Monro-matics on mine from rock auto. $20 apiece. They keep the wheels planted as they should but the ride is firm. Pretty much like mine was stock. I had been running my tires around 55 in the front and 50 in the rear. Just got the tires rotated and balance and I am sitting a 65 all around at the moment. I did not notice much difference in the ride coming back to Maryland. 

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I have my tires set to 50psi. Tire shops keep putting them to 70-80psi. Noticeable difference between there. I may drop tire pressure lower to try and help. I just dd this and not much towing.

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The tire shop put my rears at 80 during the rotation, fronts at 65. Decided just to try 65 all around. 80 in the rear with no load equals no fun. Probably going to air them down some anyway.

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