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What are the best shocks/struts available for our trucks?

What are the best shocks/struts available for our trucks?

I've looked around here and there, but don't know if I've covered all the options.

I'm looking for the best shocks that will provide comfort over bumps, soft but supportive suspension. I have oem height, and won't be lifting it.

I'd love to get some Fox shocks, but afaik they are not available for my truck (1987 pickup 4wd manual).

I know Rancho and Bilstein are options.
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I don't have the 4x4, just the RWD on my '87 pickup. I put some KYB shocks on last year. The KYBs seem fine. Got all four for less than $101 delivered from Rock Auto.


I think my front springs and rear leaf springs are worn out, though. Haven't bothered with it, since I only drive this truck about 2K miles per year.

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I currently have had “KYB Gas-a-just” shocks on my 1980 2wd for about 2 months now. They do the job well, but do seem kind of stiff. Although, they absorb bumps in the road quickly and settle the truck almost immediately.
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Just ordered a set of Bilstein hd 4600 series shocks. They seem to be most highly recommended when I search the Internet forums. We'll see how they are.
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On my 86 2WD Extra cab SR-5 I currently have Gabriel Guardians with 70K on them. They are OEM ride smooth. Handling is good but not spirited. They are now worn out.

Had Gabriel Ultras and they handle much better but the light weight rear end just pounded even over roadway expansion joints. Made my eyes blur and kidneys bounce. Took those off for the step down Guardians.

Just ordered OEM ride KYB GR-3 / Excel-G from Rock Auto for $119 set of 4. Had KYB Gas-a-Adjust on a previous car and they were stiff, so didn't want them on my truck.
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On my 86 2WD Extra cab SR-5 I currently have Gabriel Guardians with 70K on them. They are OEM ride smooth. Handling is good but not spirited. They are now worn out.

Had Gabriel Ultras and they handle much better but the light weight rear end just pounded even over roadway expansion joints. Made my eyes blur and kidneys bounce. Took those off for the step down Guardians.

Just ordered OEM ride KYB GR-3 / Excel-G from Rock Auto for $119 set of 4. Had KYB Gas-a-Adjust on a previous car and they were stiff, so didn't want them on my truck.
Cool, thanks for the feedback. It's surprising to me that there aren't more options for soft shocks. I wish Fox made them for oem height for our truck.
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Gabriel, KYB, Sachs, Monroe are what Rock Auto offers in OEM ride.

I found Gabriel to be stiffer than Monroe. I had Monroe-Matics (Parts Geek) before and they rode fine. Just wanted to try KYB this time.

I have a 2WD truck RockAuto and Parts Geeks has about a half dozen brand to choose from. The tail end is so light that performance shock ride like a rock. On the front end performance shocks are OK due to the added weight. I'm not into mixing shocks, so I stick with OEM ride shocks.

The 2WD X-cab rides and handles like a small car. I will see how the KYB's ride, Hopefully. not harsh.
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