I have about 150k miles on my K1500 now and am wondering about the condition
that the shock absorbers are in. The ride seems "ok" to me but I do notice
it being a little more rough over bumps on the roads around here. It is the
Z71 package (1998) and the shocks are Bilstein gas/oil. After reading
Bilstein's advertising propaganda it looks like the shocks should last until
the end of time, but I doubt it.
Does anyone have any recommendations on when/if I should replace them and if
so any particular types of shocks besides the Bilstein ones that came with
the Z71 package? Thanks.
I'm about to replace mine on my '99 K1500 pickup with Z71. I bought Monroe
Gas-Magnums, I've used them in the past and really have had good luck with
them. I'll post after the weekend to let you know how they are on the K1500.
I had a set on my last truck, an '82 F150. And they were great, they also
were still working when the steel upper shields were rusting away.
I replaced the factory Bilstein shocks on my Z71 today with Monroe
Gas-Magnums. As with all the other times I've put these on my vehicles the
ride has been firmed up, but does ride better at the same time. Beside
putting them on my '82 F150 I've used these on must of my old muscle cars
twenty years ago.
When hitting rough spots in the road I don't get the BAM that I got with the
Bilsteins . It just soaks up the bump and goes on. The Gas-Magnums are also
built a lot heavier than the Bilstein shocks are.
My truck has 75,000 miles on it and has only been really off rode once. The
factory shocks started feeling weak around 65,000 miles.
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