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Shocks -- should it really be this cheap and easy?


Nuke-E

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After doing a little bit of reading here and here, I decided to replace my front shocks. I won't know for a few days how much better it will ride, but the old shocks collapsed under their own weight--no real damping at all. And that's with only 230K miles on the truck (I'm assuming they were original). I paid a few bucks extra to get 2-day delivery from Amazon (the shocks were $65 each with shipping, compared to about $50+shipping elsewhere) for the same Monroe shocks Randy used.

 

With a 15/16" socket on an impact wrench and another wrench to hold the other end, removal and installation was literally 5 minutes. Didn't take the wheel off, raise the truck, etc.--just reach over the tire to get the bottom bolt, and the top one is in plain sight just below eye level.

 

Interestingly, my 14,600lb axle uses the same shock as Randy's truck did--a Volvo 20433424, or Monroe 65494.

 

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The part number is stamped on the OE Volvo shock. Class8TruckParts has listings for several Monroe parts with Volvo cross references, and I'm sure there are others. In my case, the Volvo number was the same as Randy's, so he had done the hard part for me.

 

From what I can tell, they're not much different than the shocks on a car in terms of lifetime. Especially with as cheap and easy as it is, they should probably be replaced every 100K-150K miles or so.

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The part number is stamped on the OE Volvo shock. Class8TruckParts has listings for several Monroe parts with Volvo cross references, and I'm sure there are others. In my case, the Volvo number was the same as Randy's, so he had done the hard part for me.

 

From what I can tell, they're not much different than the shocks on a car in terms of lifetime. Especially with as cheap and easy as it is, they should probably be replaced every 100K-150K miles or so.

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