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Old 04-15-2015, 08:14 PM   #1
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Shocks (dampers)

So I was changing the oil in my Ram CTD and noticed some oil weeping from the right front shock. It got progressively more bouncy over a few weeks until I ordered a set of Bilsteins on Amazon.
I put them in today. Took about 25 minutes to do both fronts. Simple hand tools and didn't even have to pull the wheels off. Advantage 2WD. One of the simplest jobs I've ever done, but man, what an unbelievable difference in ride quality.

If you have a truck with OE dampers and want to improve the ride dramatically, get yourself a set of these!
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:11 AM   #2
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How many miles on your truck before changing the shocks?
Just wondering how long we can expect the OEM shocks to last.

My 2011 only has about 55K miles on it, but much of that was towing with a full load.
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My feeling is that around 30-40k, the shocks OEM shocks should be replaced with a quality aftermarket such as the Bilsteins. Last 3 Superdutys, the shocks were weak at around 30k, but others get many more miles than I do.
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My 2011 only has about 55K miles on it, but much of that was towing with a full load.
Mine has 55k miles. No joke.
I will say that my initial motivation was one damper that had obviously failed, but the Bilsteins over even good OE is worth doing.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:54 AM   #5
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Ownef 5 trucks and drove them to over 200k miles and never needed to change shocks on any.
On my cars the oem lasted over 100K miles and replacements needed replacement every year.
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Well, I guess you don't know what you're missing.
I didn't either until I changed them out.
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If anyone knows where I would install shocks on a CR Z1 that would be great.l.l
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:48 AM   #8
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If anyone knows where I would install shocks on a CR Z1 that would be great.l.l
Assuming your Z-1 has leaf spring suspension, then you fabricate a new spring perch that includes a bolt of the right diameter to snuggly fit the shock. Or maybe simple remove the old spring perch and weld the new bolt onto it then reinstall it. Then drill a hole in the frame of the trailer so when the right-diameter bolt is installed through the frame and the top of the shock, the shock will sit at about a 45° angle.

I don't have a Z-1, but my Joey now has shocks installed that way. It's nice to have a good welding shop nearby that can do such fabrication with no drama. I used Monroe trailer shocks.

But if fabrication is not your thing, Monroe makes a kit designed for adding shocks to any trailer that has leaf spring suspension.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:12 PM   #9
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Check out Joyrider.com
They have a real nice set up a little pricy but gas shocks and bolt on about $250 per axle
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