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Old 05-01-2012, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by tminor View Post
Sorry it's been so long since I was on here!

Yeah, the kit came with new shocks. My buddy put it all on around March-April, then I deployed in July and the truck barely moved. I only really drive the truck on base, and since I bought it over a year ago have put less than 1k miles on it. The kit came with Rough Country gas (not nitrogen) charged shocks. But ever since day one the ride has been incredibly stiff EXCEPT when I have a good amount of weight in the bed. A few weeks ago I had about 20 bags of mulch in the bed, and it was the smoothest riding truck I've ever been in.

Does that make it seem more and more like it definitely is the shocks--maybe they just came defective from the factory?
Ah you have rough country shocks, I assumed you had the OEM shocks. Anyways with rough country or anything that is a off-road or serious truck shock the ride is going to be a bit stiff and bumpy. OEM gabriel shocks for example will provide alot smoother of a ride but you can't use them in off-roading, personally off-road shocks aren't going to perform well on the road which is why they're off-road shocks. Bilstein's shocks perform exquisitly on the road and are acceptable off-road. I just use proguards by gabriel and they work perfect for my needs. But I will tell you this no matter what shock except for maybe bilstein, they don't last long as they say. Monroe says replace shocks every 50K miles, shocks should be replaced every 10K miles. Shocks don't last long no matter what anyone has told you they just don't last long. A shock can reverberate 1750 times per mile, multiply 1750 by 50,000 and you will get the picture.
But your shocks should fine, it's just the shocks aren't made for road use, the hopping you're feeling is really from the bed, once you put weight on the bed it gave the shocks a little pre-load you can say so it feels like the body is riding on air.
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