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Question Shocks, Struts, Coil Overs?!?!?!

I hate to ask, but....I have a 2007 Ram 1500 4X4 and I'm looking for a little education on the difference between shocks and struts. What do I have? What is the difference? Does 1 do something the other doesn't? Feel free to mock as long as you answer the question. Thanks
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I have the same truck as you; struts up front, shocks in the rear. I actually just upgraded to some Bilstein HDs up front, they're awesome.

They both control the bounce of the vehicle
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The difference is that a strut is an integral part of the suspension whereas a shock is just an add on damper. A strut supports the weight of the vehicle, and typically replaces the upper control arm and serves as pivots for the steering. A shock supports no significant weight and is installed to dampen the vibrations of the spring.
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The difference is that a strut is an integral part of the suspension whereas a shock is just an add on damper. A strut supports the weight of the vehicle, and typically replaces the upper control arm and serves as pivots for the steering. A shock supports no significant weight and is installed to dampen the vibrations of the spring.
Right, that's why the front suspension of said Rams are actually coilovers and not struts. There are still two control arms at work. I called them struts forever, but last week a guy who works at Advanced Auto, and used to own his own shop, explained the difference to me. He said it's a space saver, which supports what I've read elsewhere. Truthfully I'm a torsion bar fan because they never wear out, but the engineers never asked me!

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Right, that's why the front suspension of said Rams are actually coilovers and not struts. There are still two control arms at work. I called them struts forever, but last week a guy who works at Advanced Auto, and used to own his own shop, explained the difference to me. He said it's a space saver, which supports what I've read elsewhere. Truthfully I'm a torsion bar fan because they never wear out, but the engineers never asked me!

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I'm with you on that. Not to mention the precise adjustability over ride height that torsion bars offer.
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Actually the definition of a strut is the combination of a shock absorber installed in the center of a coil springs :-). But you can call it a coilover if you like. And the fact that you say a torsion bar never wears out, what does a torsion bar replace? A spring correct? I dont think springs wear out, but im with you on this one if i have torsion bars i wouldnt have had to buy my Bilsteins.....
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