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Old 04-01-2019, 02:53 PM   #1
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Shocks for my 2017 F150

Since I had my Vibe 224 Rls last years
I find that truck is squirming on the road
I bought a 4 way friction hitch last year
This made big improvements in the handling
Less sway
But was also told that the ford standard shocks that comes with the truck are the cheapest shocks they can find to put on
Go figure I have a towing package
I already change the garbage tire that came with the truck for BF Goodrich T/A K02
D rated
Now Iím thinking to replace the rear shocks with a set of Bilstein 33253190
Any advice on these
Let me know
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:45 PM   #2
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Bilstein and Rancho 9000 get great reviews pretty much everywhere. Can't go wrong with either. Bilstein makes 4600 series and 5100 series as the standard. Those shocks share the same valving. 4600 is for stock and has a blue/yellow finish. 5100 states it's for 0-2" lift (I've never figured out the difference between stock and 0" lift) and has a sort of chrome finish.

Shocks help dampen the effects of springs (which absorb the bumps). Without shocks (or with crappy ones), you will bounce a lot more, which will cause loss of control.

For example, it's really easy to lose your rear end on washboard dirt roads with crap shocks. Better shocks will keep your wheels/tires planted and in better, more consistent contacts with the road. With good shocks, you can go much faster on that same washboard dirt road before you start feeling the rear end getting loose.

Factory shocks are just terrible. Probably 10-40K miles is as good as you'll get. Some people replace their shocks straight away on a new truck. I tend to keep mine for a while.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:10 PM   #3
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I have a 2017 F150 and thought the same thing...after 2 years of towing it feels a lot more squirmy than it used to... thinking of switching to the Bilstein 5100's....glad I'm not crazy
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