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    Default 2008 silverado front shocks

    So I was getting cupping on passenger side tire on the inner part of the tire, got a alignment, rotated cupped tire to the rear and now the "good" tire is now cupped worse....

    I believe my pass side shock is bad at this point. I gave it a look see and it appears to my eyes to have a set of Coil overs vs a shock setup.

    Any how to's on how to replace the front shocks? Would these work?

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    Cool 2008 silverado front shocks

    You have to remove the strut assembly and use a spring compresser to take apart. Check out, they make a replacement front strut thats adjustable (leveling kit). You can adjust from stock height to over 2 inches higher.

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    Feb 2008
    Red Wing, Minnesota, United States


    Before you go and through money at new shocks, have the ENTIRE front end looked at by a reputable alignment shop. Sway bar, end links, tie rods, ball joints, camber adjustments, toe adjustments. I find it hard to believe that the shocks or spring would be bad already causing the cupping, i would also be looking at your warranty. You would feel the front end floating if the shock was bad already. If you stand on the side of the truck that you think the shock is bad and give a good push downward on the fender/hood the truck should have little reflex, meaning when the shock reacts to the push and compresses it should come back up and then hold the truck in place, if it up and down badly again then then it could be the shock/spring. So my advice is, just dont guess!! As of right now you have to replace the worn tires, so there is 300-400 bucks. And shocks can run anywhere from 50-200 each. And if its not the shocks and you go and replace tires then you are out tires again. Good luck, keep us posted on the results, it will help someone else on the future!!
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    Why isn't this problem covered by warranty?

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    If you decide you do need to replace your struts, I still have my oem struts from my 08 Silverado that have 8,000 miles on them. I replaced them as part of my lift kit. Just PM me if you are interested.

    Bobby - North Carolina
    2008 4x4 5.3L V8
    6" Suspension Lift and 1.5" Body Lift
    20x9 Ballistic Jesters w/35" Toyo Open Country MT's & 1.5" rear wheel spacers
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    Baja style bed mount spare tire carrier
    Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust
    Recon Smoked LED tails/3rd brake lights/black projectors w/switchback LED's in the corners
    N-Fab Nerf Steps
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    No Fear Pedals
    Tint, Line-X bedliner, Window visors, Rear wheel well liners
    Painted front grill, bow ties and door badges, de-"lettered" tailgate
    Powder coated front and rear bumpers

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    Jr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Deep River Ontario


    if your shocks are not clean, get them really clean, and go for a short drive 15-20 miles or so, and check for oil leaking from the shock, thats a easy way to check for failure in a shock, or the push down on the fender method

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