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Shock Recommendations

Discussion in 'Modified Explorations!!' started by MtDew, December 14, 2004.

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    1. MtDew

      MtDew New Member

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      Hi Everyone!

      I'm new to this forum and hoping for some good advice. I have owned 6 Explorers and 2 Expeditions. My wife drives the Expedition!! :D They have all been outstanding. My current ride, a 2000 Explorer has been an excellent truck with little or no problems. I'm a computer tech and I use it for work. I also pull our boat and utility trailer with it. Does a great job!

      My question is about shocks? I've noticed that I'm getting a little wheel bounce in the rear end and I can feel a difference in the ride. I would like to replace the stock shocks with something that will hold up to my towing (boat weighs about 4000LB) but will give me a better ride.

      Any suggestions??


      Thanks
       
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    3. ExplorerSportNu

      ExplorerSportNu Well-Known Member

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      Welcome to the site, I run old man emu shocks but those are geared more towards offroad and give a truck like ride, I'm sure someone will chime in with better info for ya. ;)
       
    4. celly

      celly disturber of the peace Elite Explorer

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      I scored some new shocks a few months back and found lots of good press on both Monroe Sensatracs and Reflex. I went with the Reflex. Been very happy with them. There are definitely some higher priced options out there, but I didn't see the point.

      Use the search function on this site and you'll find tons of shock related threads.
       
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      You can get the Rancho 9000's, their adjustable so when you are towing you can make them stiffer, but there are on the expensive side.
       
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      celly disturber of the peace Elite Explorer

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      If it counts for anything, Rancho is manufactured by the same folks as Monroe. They tend to market Rancho as their higher-end "offroad" product (from what I've seen anyhow).
       
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      I second the recommendation for Rancho 9000x shocks.
       
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      I run the Edelbrock IAS shocks and like them very much. Very good road manners making it handle very well. I will prob. try the rancho 9000's next just to try them out.
       
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      Wow!! Thanks for all the info!!

      I've been leaning towards the Rancho 9000's but I wasn't sure that they would be a good choice for a truck that is 98% on the road. I know that they improve the handling but do they smooth out the ride and how difficult are they to adjust?? It would be a major drag to spend an hour adjusting shocks just so I can go skiing that day..

      Great stuff guys............keep em coming!!
       
    10. dman726749

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      just crawl under the truck and turn the dial on the truck to adjust...or they make and in cab contriler that can adjust them from inside the truck
       
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      Sounds easy enough!

      Thanks for the info :cool:
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I really like my Edelbroc IAC shocks.
      Very positive road feel.
       

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