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Super Duty Shock Replacement

So I was driving today and hit a bump that snuck up on me. I heard a clunk from the front end. From then on, at every bump, I hear a small clunk coming from the front passenger side. When I got to my destination, checked the shock and I can move it side to side at the joint of the boot and the body - needless to say it is shot. So now I am in the market for new shocks - I probably should do all 4 but would hurt to do just the front ones to save some cash now?

I have read that Bilstein's are a good shock for these trucks, any other brands I should look into purchasing?

Would NAPA supply a good shock for a replacement?

If you have any suggestions on where to buy them from, please let me know.

Also, are they hard to replace. Unbolt the old one, and bolt the new one in, making sure that I keep it compressed until I need to bolt it in. Can I leave the tires on the ground? I have never changed them before.

Thanks for all the advice in advance!

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If you want to save some money from the Bilsteins, and still want a quality lifetime gas shock, look at the Monroe Reflex.

For a little over $150 I got 4-shocks and steering stabilizer delivered from Amazon. I think the fronts were like $37ea.
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i have monroe shocks rite now the've been through a lot last 40k and there actually still holding up.

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Initial reading has lead me to Bilstein's but when reading more in depth, I have heard that the Monroe Reflex's are decent as well -- and a bit cheaper which is what I am going for. I am looking for a good shock better than a worn out stock shock - there are Rancho's on it right now which I think are stock with 87k on it. The rears have been making noise with a load of fire wood on and now the front right is shot. I probably will be going with the Monroe Reflex's which I believe I can get from NAPA or Oreily's - need to do this tomorrow so I am not running without a good shock for too many miles.

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They're easy to replace, but you may need new bolts for the bottom attachment, my front ones were really worn down when I replaced my shocks last year. You'll have to get the bolts from Ford, I don't think Napa or other stores carry them. Oh, the front and rear bolts are different.
I got the Monroe Reflex and really like them.

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you will be able to change them with the tires on the ground

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Yes but easyer if you remove the front tires..If you would like a quote on Bilsteins PM me.
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I bought the reflex shocks for the front and am going to put them on tonight. Just a quick question: Is the bigger tube on the top or the bottom when installed. The current stock ones, the bigger tube is on the bottom, but I am not sure what the proper orientation is for the Reflex's. Thanks!

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The BIGGER tube was on the Bottom?

Wouldn't that mean it would act like a "cup" and hold water?

Could someone have put your shocks on upside-down?
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