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Old 12-14-2015, 04:53 PM   #1
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Shocks?

I have a 2008 Silverado 1500, 5.3L, Z71, 4wd, Crew Cab with 112K miles. I am going to change the shocks before summer and would like suggestions for ones that would help improve towing for a planned summer trip of about 5K miles. My new trailer is going to be in the 5300 lb range.

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On my previous 2001 Duramax I went with the mid range Monroe gas charged shocks and it made a world of difference. I can't recall the exact model. Lifetime warranty also. I was hauling a 5er at about 12,500 with air bags also. (air bag made me realize my shocks were bad!)
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I am leaning that way, but would like reasons and experiences from people who have switched to them. Especially, how they improved towing.

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Old 12-14-2015, 07:31 PM   #5
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Not sure about the towing, but the Koni's I put on our mh made a HUGE difference ! Not cheap but worth every penny....
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I am leaning that way, but would like reasons and experiences from people who have switched to them. Especially, how they improved towing.

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..And on my new coach I am going to put on Bilsteins.
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I changed from Munroe's to Bilsteins last year on my 2500hd and it was like a night/day improvement.
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I recently installed Rancho 9000 XL's front and rear. I chose them because the tubes are quite a bit larger diameter than any other brands I looked at, same with the rods. Very beefy, plus the increased oil capacity translates to lower operating temps and increased durability. They have nine position adjustment knobs that reportedly allow a 400% difference in stiffness between position 1 and position 9. The problem with these knobs is they are under the truck near the ground and I'm not nearly as limber as I once was, so I set mine on '5' and left them there. I've been happy with that setting and know I can change them if the situation really merits. Finally, Rancho (who also owns Monroe) often has sales and autoeverything.com has discount codes available. I got all four shocks for around $250.00.
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I am leaning that way, but would like reasons and experiences from people who have switched to them. Especially, how they improved towing.

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2007 Dodge 3500 QC SRW 5.9L CTD towing 14K 5vr.

OEM shocks.......OK for just driving truck around but when towing they just didn't have the control/response

Swapped to Bilsteins 8 months after buying truck.
Other than getting rid of OEM tires they were best improvement for handling while towing and just driving.

110,000 miles later they are still preforming better than OEMs did new.
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Ditto on all that's been said on Bilstein.

As to towing, it made a noticeable improvement when crossing big bumps like expansion joints that used to cause a pogo effect on the front of my truck. Much more controlled now.
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On a '99.5 F-250 SuperDuty diesel dragging an 8k 5er, the OEM shocks were worn out at around 40,000 miles. Replaced them with Monroe Gas Magnum, which were much better than OEM. Monroe makes several different shocks, but the Gas Magnum is the only one they make specifically for a pickup towing a trailer.
http://www.monroe.com/en-US/products/Gas-Magnum

After another 40,000 miles, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Monroe Gas Magnum shocks, but there was lots of hype on TheDieselStop.com about how great were the Bilsteins. So I replaced the Gas Magnums with Bilsteins. Almost no difference, but maybe a slightly smoother ride when cruising down the interstate dragging the 5er.

Bilstein makes several different shocks too, and I installed the ones the Bilstein chart recommended for my truck. Today that would be the 4600 Series. You'll hear lots of hype about the 5100 Series, but those are only for lifted trucks.
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Bilstein's on my 11 RAM Dually made a BIG difference solo and towing!!!
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Looks like the consensus is Bilsteins. My truck is stock, without any lift. Should I get 5100's or 4600's? How difficult is it to replace the front shocks?
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Looks like the consensus is Bilsteins. My truck is stock, without any lift. Should I get 5100's or 4600's? How difficult is it to replace the front shocks?
The fronts can be a real bear if you try to save the nut on top of the shock tower. Your new shocks should come with new bushings all around and new nuts on top of the front shocks. If you get in there with a small saws-all and cut the nut off things will go a whole lot easier. The bottoms of the shocks and both rear shocks are cake.

Sorry you're going to miss out on those Ranchos!
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