Upgraded shocks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cpllawncare, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm adding a mower next year and want to upgrade the rear shocks on my 05 F-150 I'm told go with rancho's any particular ones? it has factory shocks on there now.
     
  2. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    not sure what a new mower has to do with shocks.... but anyways,
    ive seen many use bilsteins and have a nice long life outa them,

    think for rancho ive liked the rs9000 best
     
  3. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
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    Go with bilsteins. My 2011 f 250 came with ranchos that I threw in the trash, they were that bad.
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  4. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
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    ranchos are more for off-road use ,not really meant for a work truck .The kyb.s from carquest are good shocks for a fair price.
     
  5. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
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    How about air bags?
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  6. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,003

    The silver Bilsteins are very good units.
     
  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    The new mower will be adding weight, I just want to stiffen the rear a tad, I know it's mostly a spring issue but I thought some better shocks would help a little bit anyway. I guess I need to find out what's on there now factory wise. If there rancho's I don't want to go back to them.
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    You need a helper spring or add a leaf an new shocks. Any parts store heavy duty shock will be an improvement to a factory for shock.
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  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    This. You won't see a huge difference if you do just new shocks. Could do as suggested and go with air bags, they give you the most versatility.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  10. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,003

    You need some PacBrake airbags. I put them on my 06' Ram 2500 and my 09' Ram 3500. With airbags you can alter the psi to control the weight you need to support. Empty you can drop the PSI to 5-10 and still have a smooth ride. Mass Diesel had the best price when I bought mine.
     

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