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KYB front shock problems....

OK, last year I put a full set of KYB shocks all the way around on the 2001 XLT 2WD.

I verified and reverified that the KYBs I got for the truck wer the proper shocks.
I got them from Summit racing, and I verified the part numbers before installing them also.

the rears have been great, however, the front now officially suck.

BOTH shocks have bent the dogbones mounting them to the lower control arms in a slight U shape, and the left side one has snapped a shock mounting stud.

I dont offroad with this(aside form an occasional farm road), this thing sees regular pavement use pretty much only, so i dont understand why the front shocks have taken such a beating.

was the damping just too hard?

I hit a 2 " deep pothole with the left front, and when the stud snapped, i though someone shot at me, the bang was that loud.

so now I need to replace a stud, and i want to replace BOTH front shocks.

now, I'm trying to "cross reference " the factory shock that I replaced, but cannot find anything anywhere on the web about it.

want to MAKE sure the new shocks i get are exactly compatible.

markings are:

DOT-E11255
XL5418046-AA
P0300A MOTORCRAFT
MADE IN USA

the above appear to have been the factory shocks looking at the wear on them

any help would be appreciated.
thanks,
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get some grade 8 hardware when you put on the new shocks, just for that little bit of assurance, then get some bilsteins for your truck, it will ride so much better, just call them directly and theyll probably be able to hook you up with the right set. if not, i think i still have my stock shocks laying around somewhere, i could ship them to you.
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thanks, I shoulda listened to the bilstein guys the first time.

now, I need to get the broken stud out, I whacked at it with a 5lb sledge and a chisel for about 20 mins, then went to a buds house and used the Air hammer for another 20, the sucker wont move.

bud recommended swapping out the lower control arms, but i dotn really have the cash for that.

ideas on that?
do I gotta get a torch?
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do you have lift springs on the front?
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no, aside form the summit rims on the front, the front end is totally stock, no extra springs or such at all, or odd upgrade parts.

its like the shocks run out of dampening room on compression, and busted the dogbones out of the bottom.

I really dont get it, and i'm damn disappointed in the front KYBs!
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