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Old 01-10-2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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F250 shock suggestions requested

We have a 2005 F250 superduty diesel with 170 k miles all original...tires and all.

Still decent rubber as most were highway with some hilltop stuff but it will be due for tires and shocks soon.

It has a shake sometimes over rr tracks that in the past did not have and we are going to change shocks first before tires.

Many choices but what are better value?

It is just used for hay hauling and parts runs so towing or other such needs are only intermittent.

It is in Madera CA where roads are slightly better than Merced ( sorry local joke...blind guy can tell where you are by the ride...) so looking for good ride with reduced bounce.

Factory ones were fine in earlier years but given the variety of users here it is a good chance folks have discovered what to look at or avoid.

Not looking at high doller performance but rather good value or standard offerings that have been discovered as good performers as well as the "do not buy those because..."
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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I've had great service and reliability from Rancho 9000 shocks. I have them installed at Sears. That way if I ever did have a shock fail, a Sears automotive is not far away. I had them on my 2500 Dodge CTD, and have them on my current Chevy Duramax Dually, they have been replaced twice under the lifetime warranty with no questions. I used my dually to tow a 40', 15,500# GVW 5th wheel trailer for around 80,000 miles and it handled great.
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I have Bilstein shocks on my truck, and have had no problems with them.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:18 PM   #4
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I bought Monroe's Gass Shock for my truck. 4 from Advanced auto were ~$170.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:39 AM   #5
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I've had good service from Monroe Reflex shocks now for over 175,000 miles. Don't remember the cost but felt it was reasonable. My daily is an '02 F250 CC 7.3 long bed with 290,000 miles on it. Did have to replace the Ford ball joints, once, with Moog ones that had grease fittings.
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X2 on the Bilsteins, just make sure that you have the right shock for your usage.
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i too replaced my OEM shocks with Bilsteins. I cannot say they lasted any longer than any standard quality shock absorber.

I switched over to heavy duty Monroe shocks at 115K miles. I also had the front end aligned for the first time. The weak shocks and a bad tie rod end cost me about 10K miles usage on my tires. I'd been getting some shimmy that i assumed were warped brake rotors.

Now that I'm going to be towing very heavy with my new fifth wheel trailer, I intend to keep my suspension, shock absorbers and brakes at 100% condition at all times.

I've been ordering brake pads and shocks from RockAuto.com at ridiculously low prices. My Wagner extreme duty brake pads were $45 for both axles--about 1/3 the price of my Hawk LTS brakes. Even though I had plenty of pad left on my Hawks (after 65K miles), I changed them anyway.
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Changed brake pads at 170k miles and did not need it.

Bought ceramic pads and had truck on the lift and figured what the hey...it is ready...

Old ones not much thinner than new ones.
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I like the Bilsteins on my truck.

Bought from Shockwarehouse.com




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at 170,000 you may very well need a few other parts on the front end like tie rod ends, ball joints and bushings throughout. have the whole front end inspected and plan on an alignment as well. Worn bushings or tie rod ends will cause the shimmy you mentioned and will continue to get worse.
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It is 4x4 so little different but it does need a look
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:43 AM   #12
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TQ60 I would like to no what type tire gets [170 k miles all original..]
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Bf goodrich ruged trail t/a

But not worth a poop off road.

Was my company truck and service area was top of top of the grapevine over the hill to the desert and up to Stockton so mostly highway miles with some hilltop stuff on questionable roads.

Area was 50 to 100 mile wide by about 300 tall with 450 to 500 cell towers to care for.

Tires now look like Michelins with checking in the sidewalls but they are just now 10 years old and due.

Truck gets maybe 1000 local hay miles a year now so not much pressure for tires but way past due.
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