Yep, have them on my 96 2500 4x4. Smoooooth ride. Pain to install. They
are strong. Don't cut the tie straps before installing. Bushings are
oversized and a pain to get into the cleaves or mounts.
I had one blow the oil out. They sent me a new one. I paid for it,
returned the old one and they credited the money back. This was a year
or two after installing them. It was the front right shock.
Last week the left front did the same thing. I'm waiting for the new one
to arrive. There is a huge difference with just that one shock out of
action. Truck bounces all over the place on that corner, though the
others try and absorb it. They really are a good shock. They've been on
since Sept 2001. What a date, eh?
My truck's going to be getting a bunch of servicing done soon, front
rotors and pads, tranny fluid change, etc, and maybe then, maybe a few
months later, shocks. It all depends if I keep it or not. I might trade
it, it's been a decent truck, but a car would be easier to deal with
right now, for various reasons.
How's the ride with Bilsteins? It is my understanding/experience that
the are a performance shock and do great with roll/cornering but will
beat you to death on a bumpy road. I had a set on a 4x4 Tacoma I once
My daily drive consists of horrible roads.
Carolina Watercraft Works wrote:
Craig, I haven't used the IAS so I can't tell you about them. I will
either use Rancho RS5000 or Procomp shocks. With both I have had
great experiences, great handling and great ride quality. Add to all
this, they are both cheaper in price and Desert Rat normally runs a
special on them, which is even nicer.
I have NAPA (Monroe) Reflex shocks. NAPA gets them from Monroe and sells
them as their own store brand. I'd say they are good quality shock. They
work well on my '99 4X4 QC diesel. They may not be the best but you could do
much worse. They are $51.49 for your truck at napaonline.com and $39.79 at
I didn't know that. I looked up the Rancho RSX and that one has a rubber
boot that the Monroe/NAPA Reflex doesn't have. It may be the same inside.
I found this at shockwarehouse.com:
Monroe's New Reflex shocks and struts for cars and trucks. Featuring their
new Impact Sensor, which acts like a switch between firm and soft
compression damping. Under normal road conditions, Reflex shocks deliver
better handling than O.E shocks. The Reflex design also has a soft, light
valving for average daily use and driving.
Rancho RSX Shock and Struts
RSX delivers ultimate control using impact sensing technology. Available for
both light truck and SUV. It offers greater stability and control. Each part
number is valved for the individual application.
Rancho RSX units have: Patented reflex valve, Cellular gas design with VFC
(Variable Force Control) for precise flow metering, and improved urethane
bushings to offer twice the durability compared to rubber bushings, without
sacrificing quality. (These units are similiar to Monroe's Reflex Shocks).
I'm looking for a better ride without giving up any capabilities. The
IAS shocks profess to do just that.
As with everything else on this truck, I am looking for the best
possible part whether that be after market or the OEM part.
You are the *first* person I have EVER heard/seen defend the OEM shocks.
Steve Lusardi wrote:
I have an '04 Cummins dually. The OEM shocks do the job even on rough
terrain. The truck tracks very well in the corners. No visible bounce and
the ride is as good as any truck I have ridden in. How many people do you
know that bought the pretty multi-colored shocks would tell you that they
are no better than the OEM ones, even if it were true? The first thing they
do is convince themselves that they didn't waste their money. From a
technical point of view, the only viable reasons to change to another shock
would be a change to the unstrung weight (heavy wheels) or a sport
I have to agree, you are the only person I've ever seen, heard, or read
that defended the OEM shocks. I got rid of the OEM shocks on a previous
truck after a hunk of a truck tire hit one and killed it. It had 36K on
it, so I was kind of wondering if they were still any good or not, and
they weren?t, 3 of them, including the one hit, were outright bad, the
4th seemed ok.
I got a set of KYB's and they were great on smooth pavement, but a
little, not horribly bouncy, or really any worse than the factory shocks
on the washboard pavement I drove every day back then, before they
repaved it, and miles ahead everywhere else. Cornering was a lot better
and handling in general was a lot better.
I can't see any reason at all to ever replace the OEM shocks with
another set of them, they're junk $5 items.
When I had a lot of money, I replaced the shocks on my 82 blazer, three
days after I drove it off the lot. It had less than 400 miles. One of
them was already starting to leak oil. I was going to be driving from
Nevada to Ohio, and I didn't even mess with taking it back to the dealer
for a replacement junk shock.
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