Shock Absorbers F250

Submitted: Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 07:41
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I am about to replace the shock absorbers on the F250. Currently I have Old Man Emu shockers and spring upgrade. Can anyone recommend shockers to suit. Pulling 20' BT @ 3500 kg and the F250 comes in around 4500kg.
Thanks. Greg
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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 08:17

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 08:17
When I had our F250 I had the front springs upgraded as part of a warranty repair, the shop replaced the shock absorbers with EFS brand, do not know any other details. I stuck in a set of airbags on the rear, In the following 3 years I never had any problems.
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 22:49

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 22:49

We have ARB springs and Bilstein Shocks on our F250 the ride is like a dream.
Imported the shocks off one of the US sites cannot remember which one but they were half the Australian price.

We purchased the 2 inch over standard and the shock travel is perfect.

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Follow Up By: Maximus - Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 01:57

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 01:57
Same experience..When I had our Effie I replaced original shocks with Bilstein from US at half the price and got them to WA in about a week. Put in airbags as well. It was a cab chassis and rode very well.

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Reply By: Downunder - Friday, May 10, 2013 at 21:24

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 21:24
Crow eaters,

Like others here I purchased Bilstein shocks from the US, they were then (about 4-5 years ago) way cheaper than buying the same here and by the sounds of others on here that is still the case.

I notice you have OME springs, how do you find them, what loft did it give you and do they ride harder than the factory jobs?
I had mine updated when I put an ARB bar on the front, Carrolls in Brisbane did the job but my missus reckons it rides rougher now than before and she is usually a better judge of these things than me. Fronts are 6 leaf and sit flat with one extra leaf put in the back.
Perhaps that's the way it is with leaf springs, might have to switch to a Dodge that will at least have coils on the front.

Cheers, Bill
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Follow Up By: R&R Leisure Time - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 01:32

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 01:32

Why would you go for a Dodge when the new Ford 6.7 has coils on the front

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Follow Up By: CROW EATERS - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 19:41

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 19:41
G'ay, Bill,
we have the same setup, six to the fron t anf one to the rear. The ride is harsher than factory but we are usually about 4.3 tonne when fully loaded with 300tres of diesel, Waeco 110 ltr freezer, bikes, camping gear, kayak, etc. I changed the suspension as I found the vehicle "floated". We have travelled approx. 50000 km since and we have adjusted to the ride which is better than factory. A mate who has just purchased a F250 has done the same suspenion setup but a Shaks brand and has already notice the difference in ride and therefore safety.
Hopes this helps. Greg.
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Reply By: Downunder - Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 18:19

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 18:19
The Dodge has coils on the front as well. In my opinion the Dodge is the better looking of the big 3 US trucks, the Ford and the Chev are very blocky looking.
I would probably buy a Toyota 200 if they made it in a twin cab ute.
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