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Old 05-23-2010
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Shock Recommendations.

Truck has about 88k on it now. and a lot of it is stock.

i just put shackles on and i have expo leafs to go on as well.

i want to gain a little more but still take out the stock blocks, so maybe find a 1'' block to on there?

but what length/type of shocks should i get for the rear and front?

i do tow my bike/boat otherwise bed is empty, and i have a topper on it.

it doesn't ride bad now, just looking for something better than 11 year old shocks.
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Old 05-24-2010
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Bilsteins. Stock height would probably work just fine, or you could try to find them 1-2" longer if you are topping them out often or want to move the range of travel down some.
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which bilsteins, i'm not sure on the length to get.

is the length the same on the front/rear?
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No the front shocks are completely different.
I had the bilstein HD (blue/yellow) shocks on my 99 Ranger, I just ordered the "stock replacement" parts. I had shackles in the back but after years of spring sag it was barely taller than stock so it worked fine. I don't know what the lengths are, you could try searching the part number, or calling Bilstein and see if they can recommend a certain shock that is slightly longer if you were really determined, but I wouldn't worry about it myself.
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I'm thinking on getting some Bilswtein's for my 02 4x4 and I was wondering how long do the Bilsteins last.
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I put them on my Ranger around 60k and sold it with 145k miles. They didn't feel as good as new but they weren't terrible consider the way I abused them. lol
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Yeah I'm looking to put new Bilsteins on my 02 FX4, as well. Yes, it came stock that way but I think both rears are starting to make noise.
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i think i have a related question about this. i have a 02 4x4 and i was wanting a 1" lift other than the 1" bl that im going to do, can i get new shocks that would give me a 1" lift? has anyone done this before or know any certain shocks or advice about this?
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