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Choosing Shocks for Your 2005-2012 Nissan Xterra

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Daily Driver Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks give comfort and control on road for your every day driving needs

Bilstein - 4600 Factory Replacement

Daily Driver, Off-Road

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One of the aftermarket ride control standards in shock absorbers, Bilstein has designed these shocks to improve handling and ride control, while maintaining relative comfort compared to a softer factory-like shock. Exceptionally long life and dependability, the Bilstein 4600 is not only great for the daily driver, but also capable of towing, hauling loads, and easy offroad trails.

Pros

  • Excellent factory upgrade for improved handling
  • Long lasting, very durable
  • Reduces nose dive and body roll
  • Capable for heavy duty use, easy 4x4 trails

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Higher tier shock, higher price
  • Yellow isn’t everyone’s favorite color

KYB - Excel-G

Daily Driver

$$$$

The Excel-G shock is KYB’s direct factory replacement shock (for most applications) to restore factory-like handling characteristics. KYB is an OEM supplier, and produces aftermarket parts with as much precision as factory parts, ensuring exact fit and restoration.

Pros

  • Budget level factory replacement shocks
  • Restores off-the-lot ride characteristics
  • Softest riding shock available for most applications

Cons

  • Lifespan is typical of factory shocks
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Hauling / Towing Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks give you the on-road stability and control necessary for hauling and towing loads

Rancho - RS9000XL

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

The adjustable RS9000XL shock has been around for decades at this point, proving just how versatile and useful these shocks are to the truck and Jeep market. Being able to adjust the ride quality from soft to firm at will provides big benefits to drivers of heavy duty rigs, offroaders, and workhorse vehicles.

Pros

  • Control for soft or firm compression damping
  • Thick bodied, large oil volume
  • Excellent adjustable shock for the price
  • 90-day Ride Guarantee by Rancho

Cons

  • Knobs prone to breakage, we replace them for free
  • Adjustment settings are imperceptible for some drivers

Bilstein - 5100 Series, 46mm Piston

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

One of the best selling shocks for the Truck, SUV, and Jeep market, the Bilstein 5100 excels at daily drivability mixed with off-road capability. Slightly firmer than the 4600 series, and firmer than a stock-like shock, these high-pressure gas shocks offer improved handling on lifted vehicles and improved response with larger wheels &apm; tires.

Pros

  • Leveling-Kit ability for certain apps
  • Great off-road capable shock upgrade
  • Durable, long lasting
  • Improved handling on & off-road
  • Heavy Duty, Tow, Haul capable

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Performance Shock, higher price
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Off-Road Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks have the durability and longevity you need for tough terrain

Bilstein - 5100 Series, 46mm Piston

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

One of the best selling shocks for the Truck, SUV, and Jeep market, the Bilstein 5100 excels at daily drivability mixed with off-road capability. Slightly firmer than the 4600 series, and firmer than a stock-like shock, these high-pressure gas shocks offer improved handling on lifted vehicles and improved response with larger wheels &apm; tires.

Pros

  • Leveling-Kit ability for certain apps
  • Great off-road capable shock upgrade
  • Durable, long lasting
  • Improved handling on & off-road
  • Heavy Duty, Tow, Haul capable

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Performance Shock, higher price

Bilstein - 6112 Series, 60mm Piston

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

A new addition to Bilstein’s arsenal, the 6112 shock is equipped with a massive 60mm active piston and 2.6” shock body, providing exceptional off-road capability and handling. This shock is aimed solely at the adventurer, offroader, and overlander that sees a lot of dirt, but also doesn’t want to sacrifice daily driver comfort.

Pros

  • Leveling Height Adjustments
  • 60mm piston, “best in class”
  • Price-to-Shock ratio through the roof, 2.6” shock & spring less expensive than 2” coilovers
  • Massive off-road ride upgrade, improved road handling and comfort
  • Long lasting, durable, serviceable

Cons

  • Does not come pre-assembled from Bilstein
  • Requires coil-spring compressor for installation

FOX - 2.0 Performance IFP

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

The Fox 2.0 IFP high performance shocks are for a go-fast attitude offroad, providing significant handling improvement on & off-road over typical street-shocks. These shocks excel in aggressive terrain and the dirt, and are a great performance upgrade over factory or Bilstein.

Pros

  • Coilovers provide Leveling-kit ability
  • Excellent High Performance entry level shock
  • Handles hard hits well
  • Improves handling and traction in all terrains
  • Rebuildable / Serviceable

Cons

  • Higher price point compared to similar offerings
  • Requires servicing for optimal performance
  • Firmer than factory and other factory-like upgrades