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Gabriel Shocks

Hey everybody i just bought a pair of garbiel shocks because i got a good deal on them but wanted to get your guys opinions on how good these shocks are, they are for the rear and their brand new I but i had never heard of them before but have done some looking on the internet and it seems that they are pretty good but I wanted to know what your guys thoughts are on the brand and if anyone has them please let me know how they preform on your ranger and any suggestions are welcome because i need to replace the front as well after i get the torsion bars cranked to level it out.
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dont take this wrong but PUNCTUATION helps you cant understand me when i talk like this i dont think its easy to read me when i dont punctuate do you and damn you just wrote a long sentence

Lol, anyway, what kind of driving do you do in your truck? Gabriels are fine for on road driving, they aren't my top pick for off road though.
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Ugh punctuate please.. I am not spending 5 min going cross-eyed to read that
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I got a full set for Christmas last year... they felt fine on road for the first while... then I think I beat the crap out of them at last years Barstow meet with GE. If you stay on road, they'll be fine. Mine have faded because of what I've put them through, and I would have liked a stiffer ride in the begining. But if you're looking to go as stock as it gets, then they're the ones for you.
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Gabriels are not very good IMO. I have them in the rear. They make the ride too rough. Next time I'm not going to be cheap...I'm just going to go ahead and buy Bilsteins.
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Gabriels are not very good IMO. I have them in the rear. They make the ride too rough. Next time I'm not going to be cheap...I'm just going to go ahead and buy Bilsteins.
Definately...
If you're looking to go cheap, then the Gabriel's will do it for you. But if you're looking for a better ride, on or off road, then I suggest looking into other companies. Specifically Bilsteins, but I've also heard good things about rancho, pro-comp and some others.

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n/m... you already have them...
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I've been told that the Bilseteins were awesome shocks but I haven't experienced the ride yet, heh. I have Gabriel shocks on my ranger right now casue I need to swap my stocks out. Had my stock ones on with a full load for over 125,000 Miles on my 00. Im dropping the truck so I have drop shocks but didn't drop it right away so just got some Gabriels. They are pretty decent, haven't had any problems with them yet. Yes, it is a rough ride but hell, its a truck. And no, I don't off road, unless its through random plants I don't dodge.
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They didn't feel that rough to me. But I was comming off of shocks that probably haden't ever been changed before I go it (75K miles at the dealer). They were a Christmas present... but if I were to do it myself... I would have saved for Bilsteins or something else. I like what I've heard about pro-comp schocks so they would be my 2nd pick. The gabriels were the "cheap way out"... but if you just can't wait until the next paycheck to upgrade, then you get what you pay for.
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I concure. But mine do feel rough, im sure its also cause we have terrible roads out here. But yeah, I don't plan on having them to long so they were just a quick remedy for my blown shock problem. I couldn't handle hitting a little bump and it feeling like I hydroplaned.
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Alright I appreciate it, they were free so I figured I would ask and see how they were. I think I'll will buy a set of Procomp or Rancho shocks because i want a better shock for the occasional off-roading and they need to be replaced anyways and any sites you guys know that have real good price on any good shocks let me know PLEASE.Thanks.
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eBAY.
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Look into bilsteins as well. Not sure of a good place to get them but you could try Summitracing.com, they usually have low prices.
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Yeah, I heard those are number 1. But usually everyone says something different, heh.
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Thanks alot guys I bought 4 Procomp ES9000's tonight so hope to see how they work soon!!!
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