How much does it cost to replace shock absorbers? Answers from an Insider
We're in the age of something for everyone, for all budgets and vehicle uses. Sometimes you need a budget level shock to hold you over for the season because you accidentally blew a pair on your truck while hitting the trails too hard. Or you may be ready to make a serious investment in your vehicle suspension, and go for a premium level monotube shock absorber, or race-level dampers with reservoirs, all of these decisions make a huge difference in total cost.
Budget Level Shocks - $25-50 each
KYB's Excel-G shock is the absolute best product to restore original handling and control. Calibrated to compensate for worn suspensions, these shocks and components are valved for eacah application, restoring OE performance for normal driving conditions.
Skyjacker Hydro Shocks offers you a high quality shock absorber with true velocity sensitive valving.
RS5000X Gas Shock, The core of this new and innovative shock from Rancho is the unique and patented rebound valving system and an advanced compression phase of the shock absorber. This proprietary process developed by the ride engineers at Rancho will elevate the overall handling and performance of your vehicle on and off-road.
Performance Level Shocks - $60-90 each
At the heart of BILSTEIN’s damper design is their mono-tube shock design, which uses a large piston for greater surface area operation, and reducing cavitation with a high pressure nitrogen gas charge.
The Rancho RS7000MT Monotube gas shock offers Fast, Precise Response on Light Trucks & SUVs with Higher Centers of Gravity. Monotube shocks are extremely resilient and highly effective in the dissipation of heat, making the series ideal for extreme off-road use and larger wheel and tire packages.
The KYB Monomax shock absorber increases control for trucks and SUVs for the most demanding conditions and situations. If you're looking for a shock to match your workhorse of a truck, something to help you tow a little better, or to keep the shock damping available with heavier loads, this is the answer. Through the high pressurization of the shock, these maintain optimal operating temperatures at all times, and reduce wear and fade over the life of the shock.
Performance / Race Level Shocks - $100-300
FOX Racing Shocks have been dominating the offroad field for 3 decades now, Bob Fox’s garage operation has turned into one of the top performance shock manufacturers in the world. FOX shocks have been proven on every terrain on earth, from the sands of Baja to the endless dunes of Dakar.
The same off-road racing shocks used on pre-runners and desert race trucks are now available as direct replacement bolt-on kits for your Jeep, truck, or SUV. King's racing division took stock vehicles from Ford, General Motors, Jeep, Nissan, and Toyota, and custom built and tuned shock absorbers that maximize the overall performance of each vehicle.
ICON Vehicle Dynamics is a premiere performance suspension manufacturer specializing in aftermarket off road components for trucks and SUV’s. They are customer-driven, technology-influenced, engineering-oriented and focus on world-class manufacturing techniques.
Designed for superior performance across all terrain, an Old Man Emu suspension upgrade by ARB will provide noticeable improvements to a vehicle’s performance, including load carrying capacity and control characteristics.
Shocks vs. Struts
The above costs are for normal straight shocks. Costs for struts will typically be 25-50% more expensive due to more complicated manufacturing and more material. When replacing your struts, also keep in mind the costs of strut mounts ($20-40/ea), or new coil springs ($60-150/pair). If your vehicle is 10yrs old or older, its a good idea to replace springs and mounts, especially if you live on the east coast with lots of salt eating away your vehicle underbelly.
Labor costs around the United States usually run $75-125/hr, and replacing all 4 straight shocks on a truck or jeep (without struts) shouldn't take longer than 1-2 hours.
If you're replacing struts, a coil spring compressor is going to be required, and will probably double your labor time.