How long is everyone getting out of their shocks?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Upkeep' started by nickgiacalone, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. nickgiacalone

    nickgiacalone New Member

    My truck has close to 70k on it, just wondering when everyone has needed shocks. I do not do much towing or hauling. I do however live in Michigan and drive on a lot of gravel roads, which I don't exactly drive slow on. Seems like most of the trucks in the fleet at work get shocks every 40k or so, but, they do a lot of trailer pulling and plowing so I know that is not a good comparison.
  2. sierra11

    sierra11 New Member

    If you aren't doing much hauling or towing they should last for awhile. I tow my 24' boat every weekend or so from May till September and haven't had to replace mine. I'm at 117k miles and my dads F-150 Fx4 use to be the one doing the pulling for 10 years and hasn't had to touch the suspension yet. He just hit 180k
  3. nickgiacalone

    nickgiacalone New Member

    Thanks! I thought they'd last a while. This is the first vehicle I've ever owned, always leased, so I'm new to the "long term" maintenance.
  4. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Are they Bilsteins? If so unless they are leaking or broken then they are good for 100K +
  5. nickgiacalone

    nickgiacalone New Member

    I don't know what brand they are. I'd imagine ACDelco. Whatever stock shocks are one a 09 2500HD 4x4 with the plow prep package and gas motor.
  6. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Take a look when you can I know GM went cheap on the newer Z71's Pkg's. and use RAncho now. I switched mine over to Bilstein's at about 70K
  7. nickgiacalone

    nickgiacalone New Member

    I'll throw it on the hoist Monday and check it out.
  8. 95C1500

    95C1500 New Member

    I just replaced mine at 70k when I installed the lift kit...
  9. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    My Bilsteins to my knowledge have about 198,600+ miles on them.... Need new ones soon but they last a while.
  10. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I've only had to replace the shocks on one of my trucks (1989 Isuzu). IMO shocks on pickup trucks last a LONG time.

    If you haul a LOT of weight all the time, then the shocks will wear out a little faster.
  11. Opiewho

    Opiewho New Member

    My truck has 167,000 miles including towing and hauling...still has the factory shocks. No leaks, no bouncing....
  12. steved

    steved Former Member

    While they may still "work" and not show leaks; a new set of shocks will sure feel different!
  13. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I've not had my Bilsteins long enough to know how long I'll get out of them. ~17k miles on them, so far, and loving them. They replaced a set of craptastic shocks that apparently came with the Fabtech lift kit. Those suckers were toast when I bought the truck...
  14. Opiewho

    Opiewho New Member




    Agreed! I compared the ride on my truckto a friends F-350 and mine is definitly rougher. Maybe I shouldbreak down and spend the $$ on new shocks. LOL
  15. 3Horses

    3Horses New Member

    I have 60,000 miles on my 2011 1500 and I can tell my shocks are starting to get a bit "soft", I'm going to replace them with Bilsteins when it comes time to replace the tires. For which I still have 7/32's tread life on the stock tires.

    I put Bilsteins on my 2006 2500HD with the Duramax when my truck had 7,500 miles and I now have 124,000 miles and there still holding up fine. I pull a ton with that truck from small "bumper Pulls' to 48 footer gooseneck horse trailers. approx. 80,000 miles of that are with a trailer. I love Bilsteins, IMO they are the best shock made.
  16. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    I replaced my OE shocks when my truck hit about 130,000 miles, and, I'm not entirely sure they needed to be replaced. When I asked around, the consensus was that unless they were leaking or the ride was just absolutely terrible, then they were fine. Mine were not leaking and the ride was fine. I replaced them because I wanted to.

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