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Any recommendations for new shocks?

Discussion in 'Shocks, Suspensions, Lift Kits' started by Hummerford, October 4, 2002.

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  1. Hummerford

    Hummerford New Member

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    I need to replace the shocks on my 98' E.B. I am looking for some advice on what the best ones on the market to install.

    Price is not an issue, I am looking for a smoother ride.
     
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  3. Blaine122300

    Blaine122300 Elite Non explorer owner

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    I would go with the rancho RS 9000's with the in cab remote. Unless you want to spend a lot of money, the sky is the limit. There is always a better shock. But for around 50 bucks a piece, the 9000's are pretty damn good.
     
  4. LowdPypes

    LowdPypes Elite Explorer

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    shocks...

    depends what you will be doing... I have prices for all the shocks for our late model trucks with part numbers,etc. Here's your choices though:

    King Shocks (off road racing, expensive) $1200/set
    Bilstein (very stiff, not good with any lift) $250/set
    OME (good shock and offer them for a 2" lift) $250/set
    Edelbrock IAS (offer them for lowered explorers) $280/set
    Rancho RS9000 (deacent off roading, control pod not too good) $250
    Trailmaster SSV (smooth ride, daily driver) $150/set
    Trailmaster N7 Invader (have them for 4" lifts) $300/set
    Superlift (soft ride, offer them for 4" lift) $130/set
    Gabriel VST (Medium ride, cheap)

    These are just from experience...
     
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    Hummerford; As was mentioned above, not only does it matter on how much $ (I know you said $$ is no object) and/or what type of ride improvements you would like. Although it is cliche to say; any aftermarket shock will be an improvement... $$ was essentially no object for me when it came to shock choice and I went with ARB's Old Man Emu (OME) shocks. I have been very happy with them, and although I only have them in front now, I will have them in the rear by the end of the year. At $64.99 each they were not cheap. Yet this is roughly the amount one should plan on spending for a real high quality shock. The OME's are as close to Bomb-proof as I could ever imagine. Good luck with your choice, it all depends on how firm you want the ride to be.
     
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    OME...

    My friend, blue steel on the site, has them all around on his 97 explorer. He has the same lift as I, TT/WAR/AAL but I still do not see a tremendous improvment over my bilsteins. Granted, they are longer, but still not long enough. When doing some moderate off roading or even taking those "speed humps" at some speed will cause them to extend all the way out which is terrible for shocks, not to mention your shock mounts. Just a little advice, the OME are a heavy duty shock but with a lift on an ex, without something custom, I am not sure there is anything perfect out there. Again, what are your intentions?
     
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    I like my Rancho 5000's. very good ride
     
  8. FrankRizzo

    FrankRizzo Elite Explorer

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    AHH yes, I love the cost-is-no-object types.
    Try KONI's my friend.
    Well over $100 each, VERY difficult to find, and probably will have to be special ordered,

    but you can do no better.
    [​IMG]
    KONI Philosophy
    A no-compromise philosophy that results in unrivaled lifetime, superb product performance and maximum customer satisfaction. The marketing strategy distinguishes KONI from other manufacturers that concentrate on mass production. ===>KONI focusses itself on the quality and specialist segment.


    KONI Superiority :

    KONIs are not the average shock absorber, they feature a number of standards that make them unique:

    ADJUSTABLE
    KONIs are adjustable, which means that you can influence the behavior of the car to meet your preferences (ride comfort, handling balance, etc.). It also means that wear can be compensated. (However, you will probably never need it.)

    TAILORMADE
    They are designed for a specific car or even special driving conditions. A KONI is not a simple copy of the original but a tailor made design to get the best handling and ride characteristics from the vehicle.

    IMPROVEMENT
    KONIs improve the ride and handling of your car. The damping characteristics are developed for each particular application. Our specialists keep on testing and modifying until they are convinced they reached the optimum in both handling and comfort.

    SAFETY
    Do not forget that safety is a major issue. The handling of your car is essential for safe driving. Here the qualities of the KONI shock absorber make a great contribution.

    INVOLVEMENT
    Involved drivers have their wishes, and KONI fulfills them in most cases. Why .... ?? The KONI people are involved drivers themselves, so they know.

    BUILT FOR A LIFETIME
    Last but not least, KONl's are built to last a lifetime. Once you have bought a set of KONl's for your car, they usually will outlive it. KONI street shocks carry a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser for as long as you own the vehicle
     
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    off the subject...

    finally got tires, huh Davo... looks nice! All in all said, I have bilstiens, and if they were about 3 inches longer, I would be satisfied and a happy camper. amen.
     
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    LowdPypes; I agree, even with the OME's being 2" longer than stock, they should still be longer... it doesn't seem as if any of the 4" lift shocks... I don't like their ride characteristics.
    FrankRizzo; do you own stock in Koni? :rolleyes: J/K
    I like their car stuff but know nothing about their truck shocks... but you sure had the company line!! I am glad, honestly though... to hear good things come about from the companies that are inadvertantly ignored too much of the time.
    Good luck with whatever your choice is.
     
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    BTW - all the above KONI info does not apply if you are an off-road person....

    I assumed smoother ride = street use.
    (cut and paste from thier website)
     
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    Since were on the subject what do you guys sugest for me. 99 four door that is mostly on the road but has the offroad expericence once in awhile. Nothing major just usally going out to trail heads while pulling a trailer with two quads. Looking for a decent ride on the road but still able to pull a trailer a go off road once in awhile. Price would like to be about $60 per shock. Any sugestions.
     
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    your fancy...

    if you want a solid ride, bilsteins. at $54 a piece, you can't beatem, but everyone will give you their opinion.
     
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    Re: off the subject...

    yeppers, also i'm Elite now!
     
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    yeah but I dont know anyone elese who is using (trailmaster)invader ss shocks
     






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