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How to tell if you need new shocks

My F350 has 47000 miles. Ride seems to have gotten rough and when you hit bumps at highway speeds, truck seems to dance around a bit, like on ice. I know its a 1 ton, but how do you tell if the shocks are shot??

I know there is the bounce thing you can do, pick a corner of the truck and bounce it, if it has more than 1 bounce, shocks are needing replaced. But, the suspension is so stiff on these trucks, cant really tell.

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The second you took the truck off the dealers lot it needed good shocks. Bilsteins will make a big difference.
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when the oil is leaking out the shocks you know you need knew ones haha dont get procomps,

i will be getting some bilsteins when i can afford to

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Shocks are not leaking. Buddy of mine that works at the dealership (parts manager) took in today for tire rotation. He said maybe replace the shocks and/or steering stabilizer. Truck dances around quite a bit when you hit some bumps on the road, like a washboard effect. Truck has gotten worse within the last year. I know its a 1 ton, but didnt used to be like it is now.

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hmmm yea ive only ridden in one (mine) leaf sprung superduty (mostly newer with coils) and mine has a blown shock it leaks all over. and it rides like crap and mine is a 3/4ton so can only imagine a 1ton with blown shocks.

if they are the stockers i would throw a set of bilstiens on there. a budy of mine has them on his DRW with 19.5s and semi tires and it rides like a caddy compared to mine

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just realized its an 05 yea if you have a rough ride replace the shocks

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