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Old 10-01-2010, 07:22 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle shocks

I am going to replace the rear shocks on my TV soon and was wondering what some if you have done and with what level of success as far as improvement in your tow and ride? Thanks,

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Old 10-01-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:13 PM   #4
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ARB (Old Man Emu) shocks are right up with Bilstein as the tops in my book. Nothing else compares. Don't know if they have shocks for the Dodge or not. I am not a fan of shocks with the rubber accordion covers that can trap moisture against the rod. OME uses a metal stone guard to protect the rod but let moisture out. Bilstein uses either a metal or plastic stone guard like OME I belive.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:02 PM   #5
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Hi sailingsuppo46. I have an 06 Quad cab 1500 hemi, and I have Bilstein shocks. They had the front ones in stock, but I had to back order the rear ones. VERY happy with the much improved ride quality- towing and not towing! I also put Hellwig helper springs on my Ram- side to side sway was a problem with the soft 1500's ride. The biggest improvement for that issue was LT rated tires. MUCH stiffer sidewalls, minimal ride change with the shocks. Feels much safer towing. Now if I only had a steeper rear end gear! (currently 3:54 on 17's) Want a 3:73 or 3:91. My next truck mod, more than likely! Randy
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
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If you're replacing the stock shocks on your 1500, you're going to notice a difference no matter what brand you go with. I think the Bilstein is probably the most popular among all makes and models, however, last year I changed mine out for a complete set of Edlebrock's after chatting with a GMC 2500 diesel owner and his experience. I can't really tell you much more than that I am satisfied with my purchase with or without my trailer on the hitch. I can say that I do notice a big difference when hitting potholes or bumps in the road and I'm glad I finally changed them out. Good luck with your choice.

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