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#4638857 - 01/18/18 01:56 PM New shocks for F150?
lawnguy Offline


Registered: 08/17/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Florida
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?

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#4638865 - 01/18/18 02:04 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3777
Loc: Utah
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.

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#4638882 - 01/18/18 02:22 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
lawnguy Offline


Registered: 08/17/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Florida
I tow. trailer and equipment total is 2,000. Not a full time towing basis.


Edited by lawnguy (01/18/18 02:22 PM)

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#4638883 - 01/18/18 02:25 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19346
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
+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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#4638899 - 01/18/18 02:43 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
blupupher Offline


Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4492
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
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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#4638921 - 01/18/18 03:19 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: blupupher]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5450
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Don't go cheap whaddever you do. How long are you keeping the truck?
Bilstein quality was impressive on 2 jobs

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#4638922 - 01/18/18 03:19 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
JLTD Offline


Registered: 12/15/17
Posts: 836
Loc: US
From some reading over on F150forum.com Bilstein 5100.
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#4638939 - 01/18/18 03:39 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
lawnguy Offline


Registered: 08/17/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Florida
I only want to buy the best for my truck. So money is nothing.

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#4638940 - 01/18/18 03:42 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
Richie Offline


Registered: 06/10/04
Posts: 300
Loc: Valencia, CA
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.

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#4638952 - 01/18/18 03:58 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
lawnguy Offline


Registered: 08/17/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Florida
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?

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#4638953 - 01/18/18 04:01 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3994
Loc: California
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).

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#4639055 - 01/18/18 05:40 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6388
Loc: USA
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

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#4639058 - 01/18/18 05:42 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
HoosierJeeper Offline


Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
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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#4639067 - 01/18/18 05:54 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1973
Loc: Lakeside, CA
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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#4639077 - 01/18/18 06:01 PM Re: New shocks for F150? [Re: lawnguy]
Jimzz Offline


Registered: 10/03/14
Posts: 1172
Loc: 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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