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Old 04-13-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Shocks?

I probably need new shocks on my truck,03 2500HD crew longbed.Any one shock best for the 5thwheel towing?I use gooseneck but probably no real difference for the shocks.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:52 AM   #2
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I hear many folks love http://www.bilstein.com/ shocks are great Shock upgrade. They are firm (but not solid) and last a long time.

Also.... Please remember that shocks reduce "ease of" up/down movement. Air Bags, Timbrens, extra leaf Spring, etc. create more support. Some folks confuse needing new shocks (due to sag) from needed better support (due to sag). If your vehicle has sag with 5er connected, it needs rear suspension upgrade. If your vehicle bounces more then 3 consecutive time (ya, the famous bounce test), then it needs new shocks.

If you are connecting a large / heavy weight 5er and get immediate rear sag, do investigate Timbrens SES units. re: http://www.timbren.com/ses-kits.htm If wondering, my buddy across the street has a large 5er with Timbrens SES units on his Pickup, and he loves them. re: Install it / leave it and NO air leaks or "air up / air down" changes to worry about. And, Timbren SES units can be installed by many DIY folks.

Hope this helps...

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Old 04-13-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
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Spike is right that many love the Bilstein shocks.
My experience with them on my 2004 F150 XLT long bed, was horrible.

The truck felt like a gocart, as in no suspension whatsoever.
I took them off after three weeks.

Good luck with whatever you get.
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I put Ranchos on my truck... way to stiff but after 2000 miles softened up a lot....
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:15 PM   #5
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I probably need new shocks on my truck,03 2500HD crew longbed.Any one shock best for the 5thwheel towing?I use gooseneck but probably no real difference for the shocks.
I have the xtra leafspring overloads(really didnt need em with Eagle 321RTS),not a support issue .Its just that I am starting to get that springie bounce on some dips.Still not getting 3 bounces on the test ,more like 1+ but with 149K its time.Have always used Monroes in past as my late fatherinlaw had a garage business and thats all he would use as a replacement.
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I also put on a set of HD Bilstein truck shocks before I picked up this trailer. Seem to do a good job.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:59 AM   #7
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I probably need new shocks on my truck,03 2500HD crew longbed.Any one shock best for the 5thwheel towing?I use gooseneck but probably no real difference for the shocks.
i ended up with Monroe.They have a special set for the rear for towing and told my parts guy to get the best match for the front.Monroe has a buy 3 get 4th free(yea right,delivered by the tooth fairy herself) right now.I wont have em on for this weekends trip to Brushy Creek on Lake O'the Pines.
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