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New shocks for F150? #4638857
01/18/18 01:56 PM
01/18/18 01:56 PM
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Florida
lawnguy Offline OP
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I have a 2000 F150 4x2. Who makes the best shocks for the money? Also, I'm curious what the labor cost would be to have someone install all 4 new shocks?

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638865
01/18/18 02:04 PM
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Depends on your usage and budget. Not hauling loads or towing-Monroe. Towing-heavy loads? I would look at Bilstein-probably the 4600s.

Maybe someone else can chime in on the installation costs.

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638882
01/18/18 02:22 PM
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lawnguy Offline OP
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I tow. trailer and equipment total is 2,000. Not a full time towing basis.

Last edited by lawnguy; 01/18/18 02:22 PM.
Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638883
01/18/18 02:25 PM
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+1 on the Bilstein, they ride and handle perfectly in the F150 and they last, best shock I ever put in one.
I don't have the book in front of me but they are not difficult on this one I would figure about an hour labor.


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Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638899
01/18/18 02:43 PM
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Katy, Republic of Texas
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I have the Monroe Gas Magnum on the front and Gabriel Ultra on the rear of mine.
I noticed no difference in ride when I swapped out the rear with 170,000 miles on them.
The Monroe on the front made a big difference, rides smooth.


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Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: blupupher] #4638921
01/18/18 03:19 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Don't go cheap whaddever you do. How long are you keeping the truck?
Bilstein quality was impressive on 2 jobs

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638922
01/18/18 03:19 PM
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From some reading over on F150forum.com Bilstein 5100.


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Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638939
01/18/18 03:39 PM
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Florida
lawnguy Offline OP
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I only want to buy the best for my truck. So money is nothing.

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638940
01/18/18 03:42 PM
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Valencia, CA
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I've always had good luck with KYB Shocks. However, if it was my truck I would go with Bilstein 4100 if you are leaving it stock height and 5100 if you are going to raise the front.

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638952
01/18/18 03:58 PM
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Florida
lawnguy Offline OP
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The only this Ive done to my truck was lower the rear with 2 inch shackles. No 4x4 or off roading for me. Street driving only.
So monroe shocks are no good?

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4638953
01/18/18 04:01 PM
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California
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If money is no object, Bilstein or Sachs. KYB is a good compromise. Shocks on an F-150 are a decent DIY job, you could pay a shop $200-350 for labor -
depending on the hourly labor rate of the shop and if they are going by straight time or book(flat-rate).

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4639055
01/18/18 05:40 PM
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Bilstein is the best. You can get them at a good price on shox.com

If you deem them too expensive, other good options are KYB MonoMax, Monroe Reflex, and Gabriel Max Control

Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4639058
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WI
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Bilsteins ride good. I've had 2 or 3 blow on me but by and large they're good.

Check shockwarehouse.com , they're based in FL, used to order from them when I lived in Tampa.


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Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4639067
01/18/18 05:54 PM
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Lakeside, CA
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Gabriels are good, Bilsteins are better but cost more. I am running Rough Country's newer Nitrogen charged shocks and they compare to Bilstein but are much cheaper.


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Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy] #4639077
01/18/18 06:01 PM
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NoVA
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NoVA
I like KYB Gas-A-Just. Just a hair firmer than OE and hold up really well. Put a set of those on my truck and much better ride IMO.


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