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#680511 - 21/09/13 03:27 PM Poor(er) ride after new shock replacement
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Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: SE Ohio
I have an '03 SE with 176k miles. The past couple of years I have noticed what, as best as can describe, as some "skipping" while taking some small bumps / hits going around the corners. The vehicle just doesn't seem to track that well. Small, square-edged bumps have felt like big bumps when encountered ... pretty harsh hits.
That said, I have just had the mechanic replace the factory shocks all around with a mid-priced Gabrial Ultra. Thinking that after the new shocks were put on that I would experience a "magical" ride, I was pretty disappointed to find the truck's ride had not improved. In fact, it seemed worse. Seems the front end "lifts" a little more upon acceleration from a stop and "dives" when braking.
Three days after installation, I replaced the worn rubber all around with a Michelin MTX tire + alignment. The new tires improved the ride a bit but there's still an underlying issue with the truck taking bumps/hits.
Any help / advice to my prob would be appreciated. Thanks!

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#680513 - 21/09/13 05:58 PM Re: Poor(er) ride after new shock replacement [Re: jackertheberry]
slantyshanty Offline
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Have you ever changed your springs/torsion bars? Also, check the gap between your front bump stops (upper and especially lower) and the spot that the bump stops hit.
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#680517 - 22/09/13 07:16 PM Re: Poor(er) ride after new shock replacement [Re: slantyshanty]
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Never have replaced the springs/torsion bars. Maybe time to do it?
can you explain the bump stop gaps check? Thanx!

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#680518 - 22/09/13 07:16 PM Re: Poor(er) ride after new shock replacement [Re: jackertheberry]
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Those are still crappy shocks too...a set of Bils would be much more along the lines of what you were expecting.
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#680523 - 24/09/13 02:48 AM Re: Poor(er) ride after new shock replacement [Re: TJ]
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I was considering some Bils ... they were + $30 more/each tho.
Wish I would have pulled the trigger on those.

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#680534 - 25/09/13 11:51 AM Re: Poor(er) ride after new shock replacement [Re: jackertheberry]
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Originally Posted By: jackertheberry
I was considering some Bils ... they were + $30 more/each tho.
Wish I would have pulled the trigger on those.


I hear you, but, If I could sell you a stick of wood with eyes for shock mounts, for $30 less than the crappy Gabriels, would you have bought the stick because the Gabs were $30 more?

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