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Old 10-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Brand of Shock Absorbers

I am looking to replace the 8 year old shock absorbers on my 2005 Ford F-250 diesel. I have looked at the various brands but am not sure which to use. The pressurized or non-pressurized.

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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Congratulations for getting 8 years out of the OEMs--how many miles is that?
I always replace my 250/350/450s with Bilsteins...very good shock. However, with the success you have had so far, just about any name shock should work.


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Old 10-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Mine are still good on my 2001 dodge 2500. If I were to replace them, I would get Gabriel series E from my local Napa store. For a 5r they can match any shock. Good aftermarket product that meets or exceed OEM shocks.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Bilstein's are always big vote grabbers on truck forums.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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I just replaced mine with Monroe gas shocks part no. 34684 (fornt) and 34685 (rear). Bought them from Rock auto, for under $24 each plus shipping. third set I have put on the truck with 330K miles on it.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #6
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Bilsteins are good. I had some on my Chevy 3500. I know have KYB Monomax on my dually. I think they are even better than the Bilsteins. I haul a heavy truck camper so I want very stiff shocks. Your use may be different.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #7
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I replaced my worn out Monroes with Bilsteins and could tell a huge difference just driving out of the shop. They get my vote.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:33 AM   #8
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In Porsches, Bilsteins were the only ones that lasted. I would presume that their performance in trucks would be the same. They are a little stiff at first, but after they break in, they are the best.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:57 PM   #9
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Bilstein 5100's and you can't go wrong! Shop around as I found prices to vary widely from shop to shop.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:10 PM   #10
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:57 AM   #11
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Bilstein HD shocks are great. I put them on our '09 F250 and on our previous F150. The handling and ride is terrific, especially towing a trailer. They have a lifetime warranty too - can't beat that.
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I've had great service from Rancho shocks, lifetime warranty, installed by Sears (replacement anywhere in the U.S.). My dually now has 131,xxx miles on it, the OEM shocks only lasted about 22,xxx miles. Had the Rancho's installed, then replaced twice to date. I used to tow a 15,500# 5er.

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