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Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by taggat, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I had monroe shocks on my truck and they lasted less than a year! I had the reflex. I had the reflex mono tube for a week, they rode like crap so I exchanged them. I took them off to install my Bilsteins ($70 each) and the monroes would not return when I pushed them in. I warrantied them and sold them on craigslist. Bilstein shocks are consistently voted the best shock for our trucks by most members here and on other sites. Urethane bushings are nice. But, can squeak like crazy. My hellwig anti-sway bars came with urethane. They reduced body roll significantly. They can be had on amazon for a decent price.
  2. taggat

    taggat New Member

    haha I know its just the immediate thoughts of I could hook up that winch and utility lights etc etc..
    Its a spot for a backup or maybe a battery for the boat.
  3. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Member 1 Year 500 Posts

    i use the sensatrak shocks. Had them on my 87 s10 for over a year and were still working.
  4. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    when I took them back for warranty the manager said that they see them fail in about a year on average. His reason, "Michigan roads will do that" Most people never pull them off to check them. They still felt like they were dampening when I was driving. Just did not return when pushed in. Plus, you could hear the fluid squirting passed the piston as I pushed them in.
  5. taggat

    taggat New Member

  6. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Member 1 Year 500 Posts

    longevity of suspension also depends on driving style and what the vehicle is used for. I agree with you that the reflex is worthless for the price, but the sensatrak took all the abuse I put my s10 through for more than a year while still riding like a brand new truck. Rode like crap before I installed them. Autozone Gabriels are a crapshoot. I'll never buy those again lol bilsteins are a great shock as are kyb. I definitely am not Monroe loyal. Unfortunately all brand lines have their "lame duck" product. If you can afford the yellow bilsteins then definitely go for those. I can't afford much on a $9hr paycheck.
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I use my truck to drive my son to school in the morning. Drive myself to school and to the gym. On occasional weekends I load the back up with a few bags of mortar and some brick, that is when I find side work. I generally drive like an old lady. nice and slow accels and coasting to a light. I am not going anywhere fast in my truck anyway, so I might as well try to save gas. The shocks that went bad on me were the fronts. I still had the factory nivomat shocks on the rear until last month when I finally sold enough crap on craigs list to have the money to buy the bilstein shocks and rear coil springs.
  8. taggat

    taggat New Member

    I always use the Monroe Gas-Magnums "the yellow ones" havent ever had an issue yet but still unsure if they last. Theres a pair on my e250 well see.

    You guys ever use those Gabriel coilover shocks?
    Looks like you might be able to get an inch lift with these all around.
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Active Member Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts


    I had the Gas-Magnums on my last yukon xl. they rode pretty rough but they were nice when towing the boat. I can not tell you if they last because 2 months after putting them on the truck was totaled. I have not used the coil overs. if i were going to do something like that I would go with air bags or the other system that other members have used here. (can't think of the name of it). I dont like the added stresses that the coil overs would add to the shock mount brackets.
  10. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Member 1 Year 500 Posts

    all Gabriel's are crap. I used to sell them when I worked for autozone. Nothing but complaints

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