Originally Posted by 04RangerDave
i think the reflex is just a strut. correct me if im wrong. I ran cheap cheap pepboys shocks like 10$ each ones in the back for a week till i got paid. stock rotted out pretty bad do i threw those on. ended up bending one. Now i run Sensa Tracs. Love them at times hate them at times to.
supposedly the reflex's are a step up from the sensa's (that's the impression the guy at sears gave me, have wanted $90 each) and rockauto had em for like $35 , $2more than the sensa's. They're definitely not struts tho. struts are quite different.
cut and pasted from somewhere:
Struts and shocks are very similar in function, but very different in design. The job of both is to control excessive spring motion; however, struts are also a structural component of the suspension. Struts can take the place of two or three conventional suspension components and are often used as a pivot point for steering and to adjust the position of the wheels for alignment purposes. (Adjusting camber right at the pillowball mounts).
strut picture - http://upload.ecvv.com/upload/Produc...2311638083.jpg
this is what i got. http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=294853
Apparently it's got an inch more travel on the piston than the sensa's, don't know how that plays out to road feel.
The shocks on the truck right now look about as old as the truck, it's possible they're ORIGINAL. 135k. Anything will be an improvement!