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Name: Grev B
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|Shock, designed for the application, work to reduce the bounce out of the springs, the springs take the load.
If the shock are the wrong ones for the application then they won't do their job and you canned up with too much bouncing, when you don't what it.
Shocks designed for an F-250 may be too stiff, creating a bounce of their own, maybe no bounce, more like hopping.
I know it will cost, maybe more than some want to pay, but having a shop, that knows suspensions, fit the proper shock for what you need, both for the lift and what you want to carry, will pay off in Spades.
OK how do I know this... when I had my "03 EDGE lifted, I swapped in an FX4 rear axle too, and used the shocks in the lift kit... I'm guessing the guy I used didn't know sh!t for shin-o-la. Again guessing, when installing the rear shocks that were actually too short, he must have picked up the rear axle to installed them.
They were extended to the max and when the truck was put on the ground they only closed up about two inches, sounds ok until you get into situation where the axle need to absorb a larger than normal bump in the road and you end up with a stretched out shock that can't absorb any movement.
What you get is a lot of bump steer, sometime not too bad but sometime watch out the truck almost takes off on its own path.
Finally after living with the bump steer for about a year, maybe more... thinking it was what it was, I took my Truck to ORW Warehouse, they sell mostly Jeep Stuff but they know suspensions. They rebuilt on my Coil-Overs in the front, must have been more than two years, replaced my rear shock with not only new shock but it turns out it needed two different length shock, maybe the FX4 Axle needed it I don't know.
All I do know is the truck, after ORW finished with it, rides like new, doesn't bounce, even stops better, without any rear end movement, and I am happy with the work.
Its been two years since, I think, and it is still working, another two and I will be happier.
The correct parts and proper setup is very important for the suspension to work properly and a must to get it right !
Just a thought, have the truck checked out by a competent shop, one that knows suspensions, not just installs them, one is ORW, they KNOW what works and how to select the correct parts for your vehicle.
You don't have to have the work done, maybe just buy the parts suggested.
That extra bounce going down the road isn't always fun, more a PITA than anything else.
Good Luck with that !
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !