Shock Opinions

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by cmcolfax, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. cmcolfax

    cmcolfax Rockstar

    Yeah, I know opinions are like areseholes... everbody has one and they all stink... except yours...

    Bone stock 96 K1500.

    May be replacing shocks soon.

    Like Monroe Gas Magnums... good combo of price, ride, load carrying etc...

    Also like Rancho RS5000's... fair price, stiff ride, available in slightly longer sizes (1-2.5" lift)

    Have learned there is no difference in part #'s or sizes between 1500 and 2500 shocks.

    On my F150 with a mild (+/- 2.5") lift I ran F250/F350 shocks because they were longer / more travel.

    Following are the measurements:

    MONROE GAS MAGNUM P/N 34798 Front
    Compressed: 11.375"
    Extended: 16.50"
    Travel: 5.125"
    Price: $28/ea

    RANCHO RS5000 (1-2.5" Lift) P/N RS5152 Front
    C: 11.625"
    E: 17.75"
    T: 6.125"
    P: $47/ea

    C: 11.375"
    E: 16.625"
    T: 5.25"
    P: $43/ea

    MONROE GAS MAGNUM P/N 34763 Rear
    Compressed: 14.625"
    Extended: 23.875"
    Travel: 9.25"
    Price: $25/ea

    RANCHO RS5000 (1-2.5" Lift) P/N RS5190 Rear
    C: 15.875"
    E: 26.25"
    T: 10.375"
    P: $47/ea

    C: 14.75"
    E: 23.75"
    T: 9.0"
    P: $43/ea

    I am planning a F150 Key (+/- 2" - 2.5" lift) and Full Length AAL (+/- 2" - 2.5" lift) in the spring.

    Running 2008 Z71 rims with 285/70/17's.

    Which would you run and why?

    Is the extra 1" - 1.125" of travel worth the extra $20/ea?

    Or will the "stock" length be fine.

    Not going to be a trail rig, just my DD.

    Will occaisonally tow a 10' utility trailer or a +/- 3000# pop up camper.


  2. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    lol, I just posted in response to this in another thread, In my opinion and the opinion of many others on this site, the best shocks you can get for a GM truck are Bilstein. I ran a set of monroe reflex on my 2003, lasted 6 months, I pulled them off and they no longer would extend. I just pulled a set of reflex monotubes off my 2005, lasted a year. Same thing would not return. I warrantied them out and sold the new to another poor sucker on CL. I replaced them with Bilsteins, far superior ride over the monroe that I had on it. I ran gabriels on my 2002, they lasted 6 years. Not bad, but I would rather spend the money and get something that rides nice and is going to last more than a year. Bilstein makes multiple length shocks for different application, checkout or I know shockwarhouse has tons of info on their site, but their customer service stinks, so I get my info there and order from autoanything.
  3. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts ROTM Winner

    I second Pikey. I had those monroe reflex as well and they were good at first but became junk quite quickly. I ordered the heavy duty blistens and they were well worth the price. They made my truck handle like a champ!
  4. cmcolfax

    cmcolfax Rockstar

    Everybody loves them some Bilstiens!

    When I had my Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited that's all anyone wanted to talk about too..

    Must be something to it...

    But I am a cheap bastige.

    Ran the MAGNUMS in my F150

    Ran half-a-dozen different shock combos on my YJ's, XJ and CJ7's...

    (Yeah I am a "Jeep Guy"... new to the Bowtie!)

    Will do more research...

    Do either of you think the extra 1" - 1.125" of travel is worth the extra $$ on a DD rig that is only gonna get a 2" - 2.5" lift / level?

    Thanks guys!!

  5. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts ROTM Winner

    I think I it would be because if they were they weren't I feel they would just wear out quicker
  6. cmcolfax

    cmcolfax Rockstar

    Sorry Kyle.... but WTF were you trying to say?

  7. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts ROTM Winner

    my bad I thought you were comparing shocks made for leveled/lifted vehicles vs standard.
  8. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    bilstein makes shocks for trucks lifted 2"-6"
  9. dsfloyd

    dsfloyd Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I am throwing in for the bilsteins as I have them and think they are great. Expensive though. I haven't had experience with the monroes on a truck in a long time since I had my 1990 Toyota 4x4

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