CRIA1576ParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 2:30 pmPost count: 588
I have a 2014 Ford F250 crew cab XLT with a little over 98k miles on it. It is a gasser without the FX4 package. I tow a Lund 1675 almost every weekend to fishing spots that average 140 mile round trip. I bought the truck used with approximately 95k miles on it, and I don’t think the shocks have ever been replaced.
1.- Should I be looking to replace the OEM shocks already, or can I get another 30k miles or so out of them? The truck feels very solid and doesn’t ride any rougher than any other 3/4 ton I’ve driven.
2.- If I should be looking to replace, does anybody have a recommendation for aftermarket shocks that provide a good balance of towing performance without being so stiff they jar your teeth out?
Thank you in advance for the advice.copperyjParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 2:59 pmPost count: 119medicdanoParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 4:41 pmPost count: 4984CRIA1576ParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 5:24 pmPost count: 588medicdanoParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 6:30 pmPost count: 4984kenhumpParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 7:05 pmPost count: 12769CRIA1576ParticipantAugust 8, 2017 at 7:48 pmPost count: 588
Thanks again guys i appreciate it. I know Chevy has used Bilsteins on the Z71 off road package for 20 plus years, but they are spendy and can be rough riding.
Dano- Thanks for head’s up on Monroe and O’reilly’s. That would be the most convenient route for me since they have a store in Carroll and Perry.Big ZamerParticipantAugust 10, 2017 at 3:37 pmPost count: 85CRIA1576ParticipantAugust 10, 2017 at 4:41 pmPost count: 588
Thanks Steve and I appreciate the comments on your experience.
The genesis of this question came to me while I was taking the old struts off my 2003 Impala this week. It has 210k miles on it and I don’t think Mom and Dad ever had them changed based on how poorly it was riding, the noises it was making, and the amount of hammering and PB it took get the retaining bolts out. 😯 I was hoping that I could put the tools away for a while and didn’t need to work on the truck yet, and based on everyone’s feedback it sounds like I should be good for a good while yet.
I know there are manufacturer recommendations, but I trust real world experience from others much more. You guys aren’t trying to sell more shocks!
Thanks again!medicdanoParticipantAugust 10, 2017 at 6:37 pmPost count: 4984crowslayer17ParticipantAugust 10, 2017 at 9:57 pmPost count: 780
Also if you start getting uneven wear on your tires like they are out of round and can’t seem to be balanced a leading cause is bad shocks. I just went through this. I replaced my front springs and put Bilstein 5100s on.
You should have a stiff firm ride, that’s your shocks pushing your tires to the ground. You don’t want that rocking horse feeling after you go over a railroad track, that’s when your shocks are worn-out and not keeping the tires to the ground so you are actually losing traction. It will feel softer unless you are bottoming out. I would think you would probably notice something was up while pulling the boat.IowaSportsmanGuyParticipantSeptember 22, 2017 at 1:39 amPost count: 156WhipParticipantSeptember 23, 2017 at 12:17 amPost count: 2424kenhumpParticipantSeptember 23, 2017 at 1:57 amPost count: 12769
Just had front strut assembles and rear gas magnum. 110,000. $575 + labor and tax. 70 miles this evening. Amazing. Note. I have a 2007 Ram 1500. 3 different applications on the front, not interchangeable!. Rears are easy, Rears hard, really hard.
Bumper test was OK. Problem was pitch and roll.
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