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Old 01-08-2008
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installed my KYB Monomax shocks...

took some futzing around to get anough height on the front end to get the shock up in there, but once I did, it was ok.

these are pretty powerful shocks, I'm a big guy, and it was all i could to to compress the fronts to slip them in the holes, and even then, they uncompressed pretty fast

the factory shocks that were on the truck took about an hour in full sunlight to extend, so obviously they were worn out:D

tat and about 15 mins of VERY hard work to get the damn nut off the top of the shock shaft, rusted solid, and the lower rear shock braket bolts/nuts were also very hard to get off.

ride has gotten significantly more stiff, and it takes stuff that gave me a WHAM before with a light bump now, and handles better in corners and over rough terrain....also it sits about 1" higher...which is kind of odd, but maybe the suspension hasn't fully settled yet, the first drive there were "sproings" and "bongs" as the suspension was settling back in, that kinda worried me, but today, nothing noisy.

thanks to the folks that recommended these, I'm pretty damn happy!
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Old 01-08-2008
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The gas pressure in the things lifts you some on pressurized shocks, if there's enough of it. It might stay that way more or less.

Well, let us know how they hold up. Sounds like your ride is much improved.
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i was looking to get those or bilsteins so its nice to finally get a decent review of the KYBs
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I dont really do much off roading, since I have a 2WD, but for the occasional upsate rough trail or local farms where I go to do some shooting, the shocks really seem to perform, much stiffer ride than i'm used to for sure, what with worn out motorcrafts:D

besides, i needed them for state inspection this month, so if I had to get shocks anyway, might as well get something with some gumption to them.

now, where can I find a place to jump the truck:D

and damn, my soft office working hands got torn up too, I'm not used to doing grunt work on vehicles, not for years now...felt good to let my old snapon and mac tools out of the box!

cuts/scrapes and mashed my left ring finger so hard blood shot out of the end it...guess I'll have to be more careful!

oh, and put the RF sticker on the back window too, AND did the blinker-mod today... significantly easier installs
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Ha ha! Mine are toughened somewhat over what they were. For the last 2 years I've been doing programming in an office environment rather than an industrial environment.

Mechanics gloves are your friend! Get a good pair that fits and they don't even slow you down or make you clumsy -- and they protect you a bunch.

It's also easier to clean up afterwards.
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i had mono-max units on my truck. loved them. the only problem was the fronts kept pulling the top bushing through the frame under hard off-roading.

i now have monroe reflex "mono-tube" units. the fronts are just about a half an inch longer then the KYB's and have a larger top bushing. not as firm as the KYB's but havent had any problems with them
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I love my MonoMax's
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