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Old 12-10-2021, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default Shock Qs again

I made a thread a while back about shocks, gambled on some Monroe shocks and they are terrible. Marginally better than no shocks. Way way way undamped.



I'm willing to put some $$$ into shocks. Want something that will last. Not quite sold on Bilstein yet. Skyjacker sounds attractive. I've heard the Rancho RS9000 tend to rust out but I cannot confirm.





Suggestions for good shocks? I'd rather spend a few more bucks for a much better shock than go cheap and be throwing them away in 6 months because I hate them.
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KYB is what I bought.
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Which KYB?
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Excel G on the pathfinder. Very good ride on the roads and are good for light trail riding.

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I also run KYB Excel-G models. But my D21 is a 2 wheel drive. But they give a cushy ride and performs better than stock.
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I had the Excel-G on my last truck and they were a little too soft. Dune buggy hours. I have the "Gas-Adjust" on my current whip which is their next step firmer and they seem just right. FWIW I think KYB extended their rebate on RockAuto, $75 off when you buy 4
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The gas adjust sound better. The current ones are like riding on jello. It's terrible.



Anyone with experience with the Bilstein?
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Yeah the Excels had the whole truck bouncing and swaying just on the concrete freeway "sidewalk bumps" or whatever they're called
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I do agree they are on the softer side. I do not mind that. I daily drive it about 25 miles to and from work.
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I do agree they are on the softer side. I do not mind that. I daily drive it about 25 miles to and from work.
Same here. Daily driver since forever. I’ve never experienced the “Jell-O” bouncing. My truck drives/steers pretty tight with the Excel-G’s. Next set will be a bit stiffer though. But not high pressure has shocks. I ran the Gas-Adjust models on my ‘89 D21 and they were way to stiff for the truck. Again, a 2-wheel drive model(NAP-Z motor). But the truck would rock and shake while driving on the freeway. I put a 50 lb. bag of concrete in the bed and it helped to compress the rear shocks and gave a much better ride. Just know that it was a 4-cylinder truck. I don’t know what the weight differences are between a 4WD/6 banger vs. 2WD/4 banger. But for a 4WD. I would go with the Gas-Adjust white bodied shocks. I had a ‘95 4Runner V-6 with 1” over stock coils in the rear and Explored Pro Comp gas shocks. I really liked those! Smooth ride on the highway along with very good handling in turns. But while offroading…my 4Runner handled like a dream and had a very plush ride that I had the utmost confidence in while out rock crawling, fire roads, steep climbs in 4L, and desert running. Great shocks!
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