I don't know, according to you I am too thin skinned! <Bg> (FYI for
the reading impaired, this is a JOKE!)
Being that it is a 2wd and likely see little to no off-road use, I
would say no. I would stay with something that is not going to take
away the ride and handling of it, the ProComp ES1000 series would be a
good choice. Cheap (price wise) and will not harshen up the ride.
Depends on what your goals are and what you do
with the truck.
Bilsteins are expensive. They are a high
performance shock designed to compliment a well
designed high performance suspension. They can really
improve the handeling for those that are looking for
every tenth of a gee while cutting tight corners. For
those people something like a Bilstein or Koni will
help round out the suspension package.
But if the rest of the suspension is stock and
you're not on the road course, I don't think they are
worth the money.
For a quality shock on an essentially stock
truck, look for something from Pro Comp, Rancho, etc.
Even a cheap Monroe Magnum will be better than stock.
I use Rancho RS5000 on my dakota. But I use
Koni's on my CObra - it sees a lot of track time.
Depends... I put a set of 5100's on my Ram a few months ago, with a
DRAMATIC improvement in handling, and general road feel. I paid $79 each.
Rancho RS5000's go for about $53 each. So, about $100 more for the
Bilstiens. Yes, they were more expensive, but not terribly so. I
acknowledge that I would have gotten very similar results from a set of
RS5000's.... but what the heck.
Two is still pretty good for now. It actually takes quite a bit to bust the
duallies loose (though a 15psi launch does light them up nicely - I tend not
to do that too much, as it scares the crap out of everyone around [myself
included]). That same launch in 4WD, well... that's a good way to induce a
case of whiplash (and shot-put a U-joint a good 75-80 yards).
Speaking of which.... I'm still on factory U-joints. Hmmmm.... weekend
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