Just my two cents. I feel that shocks are more of a personal preference. However, most new shocks, regardless of brand are going to feel stiffer than one that has 100k miles of wear and tear on it. I put Monroe sensa-tracs on my ranger a few months back, took away the body roll and the nose diving during braking. And the "shakes" that would happen over bumps went away as well. The bad thing is, the initial jolt when going over bumps seems a bit harsher than it was previously. Almost got rid of them, but they have softened up considerably.Heard some people love them and some people hate them. Also paid less than $100 for all four monroes and installed them myself.
To the person who wanted Ranchos: these shocks are made by the same company as Monroe, which is Tenneco I believe. Good shocks, but many folks find them too stiff. I've heard they are a rebadged monroe reflex, but don't qoute me on that.
2004 4x4, ex-fleet vehicle. 4.0 v6 with 110 k, 4.10 gears.
Modifications: Whelan hidden strobes, Ion 174 alloys, yokohama geolander at 235s, billet grille, airbox mod, Dynomax exhaust. slight torsion crank. More to come!!