question about proper shocks for heavy long haul. thanks

Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by SDJeremy, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. SDJeremy

    SDJeremy New Member

    Hi everyone, I recenty aquired a 1994 suburban 2500 with a 454 G80 axles,
    So far everything on the truck is solid. The shocks are the only weak link I have found. I don't know
    Much about what type of shocks are good for load handling, as I've never owned a rig like this before.
    I am looking for a shock that will perform well with a 6k load. This truck is my san diego ca to flagstaff az rig.
    I am planning a trip to my cabin next month and am pulling a trailer that weighs in at 6k loaded.
    The auto store recomended kyb monotubes, and my desert rat friend recomended bilstiens.
    I want to install the correct shock the first time. Please let me know what you would use.
    SSG Posey
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  2. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    I would use a good set of air shock or coil over shocks. Stay away from Gabriel or Monroe. Spend the extra coin and go for kyb or bilstein
  3. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Bilsteins are awesome. I have a set on my truck and it has never rode better
  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Bilstein shocks are considered the best by most for these trucks. My 96' Tahoe has Bilsteins and even with 205,000 miles they ride smooth and hold up under load. This summer I'm replacing my old shocks with new Bilsteins.

    BTW if you are looking for load leveling in addition to shocks you should look in to Roadmaster Active Suspension it works with your leafs to prevent sag while loaded and better distribute the weight to the axle. Heres a link to their site.
  5. SDJeremy

    SDJeremy New Member

    Update. I spent the money and installed bilstiens. I love them. Well worth the 79.99 a shock. Thanks for the advice. The only other item I am unhappy with is the factory head lights. I have been looking into doing a hid conversion with the ballasts and adapter harness. Any tried and true brands you reccomend for this? Thanks again.
  6. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    you get what you pay for. That's a sure fire thing to remember. Glad to hear you like the bilsteins!

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