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Old 03-16-2011, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by onelionhunter View Post
I would spend the money on the fronts for good shocks, I had the best Napa sells on the front and they were blown at 25k miles in 18 months. The engine in these things is a boat anchor, 1000lbs dry, add in 8 gallons of coolant, 4 gallons of oil, etc, etc, the fron takes a serious beating.

Edit: You will need an 18mm socket which not all kits have, other than that, it requires nothing special.

edit Edit: Here is a good price on the Bilstiens for the front, with free shipping. Thats per shock Bilstein shocks and struts for cars and trucks - Shockwarehouse.com)
Ironic, thats where I ended up ordering my shocks yesterday. I ended up going with Bilstein shocks after extensive reading on various sites. I'm a believer in you get what you pay for and quite frankly I'm not real happy with NAPA as of late. I've replaced my steering stabilizer 3 times now. They keep giving me new ones but it's the labor of climbing under the truck all the time to change it out. Probably go with OEM locally for replacement.
Everybody, thank you for your suggestions and input.
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Thanks guys! I just ordered a set (front and rear) of Bilstein's for my 2000 F250 SD PSD. Question, the bolts/nuts are all nasty and rusted. What size and grade do you all recommend for the front and back?
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The new shocks should come with all new hardware.
 
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Thanks hydro man 17,
I received them and the only ones that had any type of hardware were the fronts (24-197779) and that was a nut, some bushings and their caps.
The rears (24-185325) had nothing but the shocks in the sealed boxes.
Pretty cheesy considering the price of them.

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nuts and bolts cost big money it would kill the profit for the company,they have to maintain their 300% profit
 
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That's SHOCKING! We put lipstick on all our pigs. People pay more....
 
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I just changed all four last night after a new rear axle install.


I chose Rancho RS5000's. Right wrong or indifferent. They have a great track record and the price was right for me.


267.00 for all four.


I only had problems with the lower bolts on the perch being rusted/welded to the sleeve on the lower shock mount.


Tops flew off. I found that shooting PB on them for a day before execution helps a lot.


I had to use breakers on both ends of the lower bolts to either snap them or roll them off a few threads. After they were backed off a little I beat them to and fro and PB'd along the way.


They were sacrificial to say the least but did come out with a heavy punch and a 5 pd maul. I broke 2 of 4.


I haven't run out the ranchos yet but expect anything better than what looked like the stock rotted steel boots that were on her. It still rode well but after the axle swap and the new corners for brakes, I figured I might as well stretch it out.


Hope your choice pleases you.


(Mine was a 30 pack of Busch Light BTW) During/not after.


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