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Additional Shock/Strut/Spring/Coil questions

Thread in 'Suspension' started by kevinbakon, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. kevinbakon

    kevinbakon Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V8 Engine

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    Please excuse my ignorance, as I am not necessarily a "car guy" when it comes to maintenance, parts, components, etc... I AM trying though :)

    2018 Adrenalin, 4.6l v8, 2wd (110K miles), original owner

    Before I'm told to do a search, please be assured that I have searched all through the forum and while I have learned a few things along the way, I am still no closer to determining the best replacement part(s) for me.

    Per Todd's recommendation, I will look for a "loaded setup". I'm just confused by some of the different (and sometimes seemingly conflicted) feedback from members. Ultimately I'm looking for replacement struts (and new springs?) that:
    1. Do not lower or raise the truck's profile any more or less than OEM
    2. Are neither too firm or soft
    3. Will stop passengers from bouncing around my cabin in everyday traffic
    4. I don't generally have a payload, but maybe once a year or two

    If I have read correctly, I've gathered that my main options are as follows:
    1. Rancho RS 5000 (more firm of a ride & will raise the truck)
    2. Moogs (WILL raise the truck)
    3. Monroe Reflex Quickstrut (will raise the truck)
    4. KYB (close to OEM)
    Are there different series to consider, from these manufacturers?

    I'm inclined to go with the KYB, but the OEM ride may have actually always been a little more "bouncy" than I prefer. I'm not driving offroad. 99% of the time it's stop and go city traffic. Should I keep the OEM coils or replace them with the struts?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kevin

    Also, I plan to have all of my fluids flushed in my buddy's shop and NTB says my rack & pinion need replacing. Any general maintenance advice/suggestions/recommendations?
     
  2. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    You could just replace the strut and re use the OEM spring, its a little more labor and then the ride height stays exactly the same. Just get new mounts for the top to be safe and keep ride quality.... Then the height changes is out the window.

    Todd Z
     
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    The QuickStruts did raise my ride slightly. And although I don't have a reference to compare against, I am believe the old (original) springs were starting to sag slightly, especially with loads in the the truck. I wonder if this may also be the case with the Moog struts tasing the ride also. My truck does not look noticeable raised from before I swapped, and does not feel raised when entering and exiting the cabin.

    So, it is possible you could buy even the factory Motorcraft struts, and the truck still raises slightly.
     
  4. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    just changing the shock part of the strut will not raise the vehicle. if you change the spring, mounts or top plates then yes you may raise the truck. I measured my rie height and referenced on my 2010, I have photos to show from new. The Monroe quick strut lifted my adren 1" over OEM ride height. and all the shops here around me agreed the Monroe suck when they do that, a lot of customers complain about it....

    Now its not that noticeable like you said getting in and out. But I know I see and measured it. I should post the pics..
     
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