Choosing Shocks for your Ford F-250 Super Duty

The best shocks for the newer 2017-2022 Ford F-250 / F-350 Super Duty trucks really comes down to the driver and intended use. There is no best shock for everyone, all shocks have their pros and cons and what they deliver for the specific driver. We have great recommendations for vehicles that tow and haul a lot, which would be different from customers that are only concerned with daily comfort. And those are going to differ from our recommendations on the best off-road shocks for the F-250 & F-350 trucks. We've done extensive testing with the shocks we sell, and have gathered significant amount of feedback from our customers to arrive at the shocks in this guide.
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Daily Driver Shock Recommendations
The following shocks give comfort and control on road for your every day driving needs
Bilstein B6 4600 Monotube OEM Shocks Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
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Overview
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.
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2 dollar signs out of 4

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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 Gas-A-Just Monotube Shocks Front Pair for 2005-2021 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
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Overview
KYB's Gas-a-Just shock is a factory upgrade, utilizing a monotube high pressure gas design that improves handling and other performance factors for your vehicle. These shocks have a better lifespan than most factory-replacement shocks, and provide noticeable ride quality improvements.
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1 dollar signs out of 4

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Pros
  • Increased handling and performance over factory shocks
  • Longer lifespan than Excel-G and factory shocks
  • Monotube design translates to more consistency
Cons
  • More road feedback
Bilstein B8 5100 Monotube Shocks Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD w/2-2.5" lift
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Overview
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 & tires.
Price

2 dollar signs out of 4

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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
Hauling / Towing Shock Recommendations
The following shocks give you the on-road stability and control necessary for hauling and towing loads
KYB Monomax Monotube Gas Shocks Front Pair for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
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Overview
The Monomax shock is KYB's heavy duty shock absorber meant for workhorse trucks or offroad vehicles that see tough terrain. These shocks have increased compression and rebound damping to account for heavy loads, larger wheels & tires, or aggressive terrain.
Price

1 dollar signs out of 4

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Pros
  • Excellent heavy duty shock for the price
  • Increases handling and performance significantly
  • Monotube high gas pressure design, great longevity
Cons
  • Not a "smooth riding shock" - increases road feedback
  • Red may not match your vehicle well.
Rancho RS9000XL Adjustable Shocks Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
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Overview
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.
Price

2 dollar signs out of 4

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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 B8 5100 Monotube Shocks Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD w/2-2.5" lift
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Overview
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 & tires.
Price

2 dollar signs out of 4

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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
Off-Road Shock Recommendations
The following shocks have the durability and longevity you need for tough terrain
Bilstein B8 5100 Monotube Shocks Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD w/2-2.5" lift
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Overview
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 & tires.
Price

2 dollar signs out of 4

$$$$
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 B8 5112 Leveling Kit + Rear B8 5100 Shocks Kit for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD w/2" lift Diesel
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Overview
The 5112 shocks and springs combo kit will not only level the front of your heavy duty vehicle, but also drastically improve road manners and handling. The 5100 series shocks are also known for incredibly long life, as well as moderate offroad handling and comfort improvements.
Price

2 dollar signs out of 4

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Pros
  • Shocks and Springs are perfectly matched
  • Easy leveling kit and improved handling
  • Improved road manners and off-road capability
Cons
  • More expensive than traditional leveling spacer kits
Fox 2.0 Performance Series Shocks Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
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Overview
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.
Price

2 dollar signs out of 4

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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
Icon 2.5" Suspension System - Stage 1 Kit for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD DIESEL
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Overview
Step into improved handling and comfort for your daily drive and dirt activities. Through ICON’s digressive valving, this leads to improved handling without sacrificing too much ride comfort in the pursuit of spirited driving and high performance.
Price

3 dollar signs out of 4

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Pros
  • Improved handling on and off-road
  • Built for moderate to high speed
  • Rebuildable and serviceable
  • Can upgrade through higher stages
Cons
  • Requires servicing for optimum performance
  • Off-road focused, may be too firm for daily-driver only
Fox 2.5 Factory Series Shocks w/ DSC Reservoir Set for 2017-2022 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
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Overview
Stepping up to the Fox 2.5 Factory Race series shocks brings significant improvements in both comfort and ride control. The increased size of the 2.5" shock offers increased shock oil, lower operating pressures, and allows high speed driving on aggressive terrain while maintaining great control of the vehicle through race-level tuning.
Price

4 dollar signs out of 4

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Pros
  • Huge improvement to road comfort and off-road handling in one package
  • Adjustable & Reservoir options
  • Serviceable, Rebuildable, Custom Tuning Available
  • Excellent handling in high speed environments
Cons
  • Requires servicing between 30-50k miles for optimum performance