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when is it time for new shocks ?

I've recently noticed that when i go over the speed bumps in my apartment complex that the front end bounces more then it used to.

I've got 24,000 miles . Atleast 1,000 + miles on rough dirt roads.

i've got like the 3rd best shocks offered on my model so the next shock upgrade would of been bilsteins. The brochure said "payload package B , increased spring rates and premium gas shocks" ... I'm assuming these shocks are still garbage compared to bilsteins.

I just want to make sure i get my money's worth out of the shocks i have . how long might i expect bilsteins to last ?

when should i get new ones ?
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They should be almost as good as new.. i'm still on my originals at 86k
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if ur worried about it bouncin u could always crank the bars, i think in another thread u said u weren't because u didn't want it to be unlevel, but you could always go with blocks or shackles in the rear.
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with the truck on flat ground, bounce the front end up and down and if it bounces alot, and doesnt stop shortly after i would get some new shocks for it.
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Old 12-11-2006
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a good rule of thumb is to replace your shocks every time you wear a set of tires out......so about every 50,000 miles....
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a good rule of thumb is to replace your shocks every time you wear a set of tires out......so about every 50,000 miles....
I disagree - that is way too often for a set of shocks to go
and maybe Grandma gets 50k miles out of a set of tires, but that last 7,500 miles she knows she needs a new set
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shoot, my 33 BFG A/T's that i took off my truck this past spring had 44,000 miles on them.....i sold them to Bill(04lvl2) and he is running them.....even plans on using them through a Michigan winter.......they had another good 8-10,000 in them.......a GOOD tire should last 50,000 miles.......

now if you are running a Swamper, then no you shouldn't change shocks every time you wear a set of tires out because you wear Swampers out in about 20,000 miles.....
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maybe i'm hallucinating and it doesn't bounce more lol . I just want them to be bad so i can justify new bilsteins ! I think i'll change them at 50,000 or whenever i have some extra cash .
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With all your offroading id suggest (when you have the money) to go and buy the Bisteins. I got mine when the truck only had 20K on it and wow what a difference. On road handling (around turns) was much better and offroad... well i think its quite obvous how much better it was vs stock. I can guarentee you have the same crappy black stock shocks as i did too, so yeah get the bilsteins


(same guy i got mine from, good seller,etc etc
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BILST...spagenameZWDVW
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my shocks are silver / grey.

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If i put chevy drop shackles on the back or get the leafs machined to raise it about 1 or 1.5 inches how do i figure out which shock to get ? i was just going to put the same one as on the fx4 but apparently i need one that is slightly longer .
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im still on my original set and im hitting 97k...

i bought a set of shocks off of Zach (Zabeard) a few months ago, and never got around to installing them, lol. i cant even remember what the hell they are now.
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