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I really need new shocks in my truck. It is currently riding on the originals, and after 50K miles, it is time for them to go. I have been looking at various on/off road shocks from Rancho, Explorer Pro Comp, Superlift, etc...but nobody seems to have what I am looking for in my price range. The less expensive shocks from Pro Comp and Superlift are not available for coil spring IFS Rangers and the Ranchos are really pushing it with price (I simply can't afford to pay $150 for new shocks). So, what are some good shocks out there that are not pushing it when it comes to price? I am looking at $120 or less for a complete set of four shocks for a coil spring IFS Ranger.
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the shocks they sell at autozone are half decent for the price, just dont get the real cheapos. plus they have lifetime warranties. DO IT.

seriously though, do it....
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I saw the Bilsteins from the FX4 or Level II models are under $50 each at he dealer and they are valved specifically for our trucks. Not sure what type of performance you are looking for but they give me a nice ride and seem to work fine off road too.
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Good, cheap, and shocks dont belong in the same sentance...
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Good, cheap, and shocks dont belong in the same sentance...
Yeah, I guess that is true.
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Good, cheap, and shocks dont belong in the same sentance...
Ok, let me explain. Dont get me wrong on this, you can get good shocks for a good price. What kind of driving are you going to be doing? If you are just on the road, then yea something from Autozone of Ford is going to be fine. If you offroad in the woods sometimes, or drive bad roads the ProComps are GREAT shocks (they are the same as ranchos, same manufactures(so they are cheaper for the same price I know, I had both procomps and ranchos, they acted the same))) So ProComp ES9000 would be the way to go. If you are doing serious offroading then you want something in a Bilstein. The 5100's are good pavement pounders, the 5150's are a really good shocks with a small piggy back resavore. Next up would be the 6100 series, I dont know to much about them but the Coil Over version of the 6100's are pretty good but dont work for us. The 7100's are a full on race shock. I have these and they are unbelievable, but I do a lot of offroading mostly at decent speeds so I need the resivore to keep them from fading.

Now from top to bottom go from Cheap to Expensive. Autozone shocks cost like 30bucks and 7100's are 200 a piece...

Hope this helps ya. Any other questions just ask.
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if the bilsteins from an fx4 will fit, let me know
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if the bilsteins from an fx4 will fit, let me know
Yes they do...

They are the same internal valving as the 5100 series, just they are yellow instead of nickel, for anybody that didnt already know.
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$200 per shock is definately way too much. How do Koni shocks do off road?
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where did you get $200 per shock? i am selling all four for $113.50 plus shipping.

NOT SELLING THEM ANYMORE
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200 is for the 7100 and other 2.0 race shocks...
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Why waist your money on cheap shocks when you can buy these from Ford

3L5Z18124 List 54.94 Net 30.33 each
3L5Z18125 List 54.94 Net 30.33 each

This is the part number for the Ford Motorsport/Bilstein 4x4 shocks. These are at employee cost. A buddy at the Ford parts counter and a six pack of bier gets me any part I need!

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I don't think they will work on my truck (not torsion bar front suspension).
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