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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2004, 04:49 PM
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How do I convince my wife...

I have an 83 K-20 with origional shocks. My wife was always told that to test shocks you 1) look for signs of leakage, and 2) press down on the bumber and if it bounces more than once your shocks are bad. Therefor, if it passes 1 and 2 it does not need shocks...

The problem: If there was evidence of leakage, it was many years ago.. the shocks don't bounce when you put your weight on the bumper and let go - that's because it doesn't move. It's as hard as a rock and doesn't budge no matter how much you jump up and down on it.

When driving (on roads) it "skips" badly over bumps (the shocks disengage the road). When turning, this causes some sliding of the vehicle.

Obviously it needs shocks. Can you give me some input to print out for my wife so it's not just me telling her.

Also - I'd happily take shock recommendations. We drive mostly on road and want a controllable and somewhat smooth ride, but be able to occasionally drive on good condition dirt roads.

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Re: How do I convince my wife...

If it's the stock shocks, then they wore out years ago... no if's, and's, or buts about it.

I'd tell her that they need to be replaced, and at the very least, that I was replacing them to get better shocks. Even brand new, stock shocks back in 83 were not worth the metal they were made from. No one cared about smooth rides in trucks back in those days, trust me. I'd also tell her that running bad shocks will cause more expeinsive replacements, such as badly worn tires etc. Tires skipping on the road not only causes adverse wear, but is a saftey hazzard as well.... anytime your tire leaves to surface of the street it's not providing traction, and or control at that tire.... this goes for steering up front, and drive and stability in the rear.

Than I'd ask her to give me my pants back, so that I could wear them. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

There are a lot of good shocks out there, it's really going to come own to what you want to spend. Bilstiens makes a good shock, but I don't know what your wife will OK as far as price goes. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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For $80 you can have a new Gabriel or Monroe shock at all four corners.

Your wife's testing method works fine with struts or coil springs... leaf springs have too much internal friction for her test method to work.
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Re: How do I convince my wife...

I heard that Monroe HD shocks are made by Bilstein and just as good.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2004, 02:30 PM
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Don't you mean that Ranchos are a rebadged Monroe HD?
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Than I'd ask her to give me my pants back, so that I could wear them.

That was too funny!
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