Shocks 101

We've created educational resources to share our knowledge and experience with you so that you have a confident shock buying experience.

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General Shock Information

How much does it cost to replace shock absorbers? Answers from an Insider

Rough ride? Looking for more performance? What kind of time and money is involved when getting new shocks? We break it all down for you.

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Leveling Struts vs Strut Spacers

We explore the pros, cons, and risks between lifted and leveling struts versus using strut spacers to help you decide between the two options.

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How to Know When to Replace Your Shocks?

Proper suspension maintenance can prevent wear and tear on many of your vehicle's components and keep you riding safe and comfortably. We explain how and when to replace your shocks.

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Cheap Shocks Cost More Than Expensive Shocks

Surprising but true, we ran the numbers to show you how. The decision between cheap shocks and premium shocks isn't as simple as it may seem.

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Shock Absorber Design Types

There are many different types of shock absorber designs. We break down the differences between each, explore the pros and cons, and help you decide which design is best for your vehicle.

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How to Measure Your Shocks

What size shock do you need? Between sizing and mount types, it can be confusing figuring out what parts you need. Don't just guess! Use our guide and purchase with confidence.

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Vehicle-specific Shock Buying Guides

Take our experience and advice one step further and check out our ever expanding library of buying guides, specially crafted just for your vehicle!

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What are Adjustable Height Struts? (Bilstein, ProComp, Rancho)

These kind of struts are designed to level out the front of late model trucks and SUVs.

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Shocks and Struts Differences, the Definitive Guide

Both shocks and struts primary focus is to keep the tires in contact with the ground, as much as possible. So, how do they differ?

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Shocks vs Struts vs Coilovers

Getting the lingo right, and an idea of how your suspension works, is prime knowledge to be armed with when you go to your mechanic.

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What's the difference: 2WD vs 4WD Shocks

Does it matter if you buy 2WD shocks for a 4WD vehicle or vice versa? What exactly differs between shock designs across the same vehicle platform?

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Things to Consider When Lowering Your Vehicle

For many enthusiasts, lowering their car is the first and most important modification they do to their vehicles. Here's what you need to know.

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Lowering Springs And Factory Shocks: A Doomed Romance

Lowering springs are shorter and stiffer than factory springs. They are effective at their job but they present some other issues.

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What are Digressive Rate Pistons?

Coilovers featuring digressive damper rates are one of the new hot ticket items to hit the aftermarket suspension industry, but are they worth the hype?

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Adjustable Shock Absorbers in Action

Adjustable shocks allow on the fly performance tuning and can be dialed back down with the twist of a knob for your regularly scheduled commute.

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What "Improved Ride Quality" Actually Means

When we talk about improved ride quality, what are we really trying to communicate? It’s not the same for every driver.

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Product Specific Information

Bilstein vs Rancho Shocks - Comparisons and Real World Advice

With many different types of drivers and uses of a truck or Jeep, its hard to get an objective read on what these two brands of shocks mean for your vehicle. We help you get the best shock for your intended use.

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The Lowdown: Bilstein 5100 Versus Fox 2.0 Performance Shocks

It's a classic debate: what is best between Fox's 2.0 Performance series and Bilstein's 5100s? We take our significant real-world experience and compare these two shock oefferings.

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The Ultimate Bilstein 6112 Struts and Springs Guide

Bilstein has released an answer to Rancho's Quicklift Leveling System and Fox's 2.0 Performance Coilovers. How do they compare? We take a look at the details to find out.

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Rancho vs. Fox Shocks - No comparison

These two shocks are for very different rigs and vehicle uses, its not quite fair to compare a race product to more OEM oriented shock absorbers. Find out why.

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Rancho Quicklift vs Bilstein 6112 vs Fox 2.0 Coilovers

The 3 most popular options for leveling kits and performance suspension are comparable in looks, but differentiate themselves in function and purpose.

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Bilstein 4600 vs 5100 Series, what are the major differences?

The Bilstein 4600 series is the industry standard for factory replacement shock absorbers. The famous yellow shock has led the way in stock replacement shocks and struts, utilizing their famous monotube design that increases vehicle control and longevity.

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Bilstein 6112 vs. 5100 Shocks, what are the major differences?

With the release of Bilstein's newest suspension setup for late model trucks, the incredibly thick and beefy 6112 shock, debate between the newcomer and the encumbent 5100 series has erupted.

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The Bilstein 5100 vs 5160 Shootout

If you’re considering either one of these shocks for your rig, one of the main things to consider is how much time you spend off pavement.

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