Re: What brand shocks?
I use doubled up Bilstein 7100s on the front of my truck and single 5100's on the rear. My Bronco has 5100's all around.
What you want in shocks depends on what you do and how much you want to spend. Based upon your profile, you probably don't do a lot of rock crawling or mudding. Their needs are different from those of us that run around the socal and mexican desert. We need a valving that is lighter on the rebound than they use. This is because going down dirt roads at speed if you have too much rebound stiffness the suspension will "load up" because it can't rebound properly from bumps and the next bump you hit will send you flying.
Of course, if most of your time is spent on the street, or going slow through rocks & mud, that isn't a problem.
You also have to remember that if you take out the specialty manufacturers (Bilstein, Fox, King, SAW)there are only a couple of true shock manufacturers. (KInd of like tires.) So, if you want to stay under $50 each, go with a gas charged from whoever gives you the best price. They're all pretty much the same.
I like the 5100s for desert use, but I'd go with rebuildable custom shocks if I could afford it. The edelbrocks might also be good but I have no personal experience with them.
Good luck, geo.