Bought my truck with a little over 200,000 on it and the shocks it came with weren't in great shape. The ride was really floaty and way too soft. After installing these shocks, the ride, as expected, firmed up quite a bit. A little too firm for my taste since my truck is a daily but the difference in grip and control is certainly noticeable. Great shock for the price just perhaps a little too stiff for the average driver.
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I had purchased KYB shocks in June and installed them on my car (front & back). The shocks were too stiff. There was no movement when I hit bumps in the road and it felt like metal to metal contact. I decided to purchase the Gabriel front strut/shock combo. It does ride smoother than the KYB's but I feel it could be a little better. I'm not sure it is equivalent to OEM. The springs might be too stiff on both companies. I would recommend purchasing only shocks using your original springs.