You might be correct about people convincing themselves that a part is
better than OEM to justify their spending. I am guilty of that myself. :-)
I know the following:
1) The paved roads I drive are worse than dirt roads.
2) The OEM shocks are beating me to death. Which only adds additional
fuel to my tendency towards road rage. :-)
A smoother ride would be nice without creating more role than I already
experience when cornering.
I don't know the price of OEM shocks. The IAS are $75 each. The
Bilsteins are about $100 each.
Steve Lusardi wrote:
I was/am happy about the Rancho 9000's I put on my '03 CTD QC 4x4 LB. Since
they are adjustable, I like them for everyday driving and for each of the
10k mile trips I've been on with the 5th wheel. If I were to do it again,
I'd do it again.
I got my Bilsteins for $75 each. Hunting around will most
likely net you a better deal.
But after rading your comment I guess I wouild have to
agree that if the there are some porr roads I've been on
that cause problems.....mostly very porr conditions approaching
stop lights where there are a ton of repetitive humps. Other
than that though, I've been completely happy with my
Bilsteins and have zero complaints. And they have outlasted
the OEM units by more than I can even remember.
Edelbrock makes some real good engine components. They have stuck their name
on somebody's shock. I have heard both good and bad about them, guess they
are like anything else.
I've used Monroe on my trucks and was real happy with them. I found the
stock shock to be pretty much shot after a year. snow plowing does put a
strain on shocks but the Monroes seem to hold up well after a few years use.
They are decent for some off road use as well.
Tom L commented on the Bilsteins. I have a friend that has them on a truck
and loves them, he's soo anal that if they didn't work they'd be gone.
Bilsteins came as a factory shock on a few of the Corvettes I 've had, they
certainly got the job done on that application.
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