Whether you’re shopping for truck shocks, car shocks or even Jeep shocks, the first thing to keep in mind is the brand name. Of course, like snack cakes and toilet paper, the brand name stuff usually costs more than the generics—but there is a difference.
The Cost of Shocks for Trucks
If you’re shopping shocks for lifted trucks, like Dodge Ram shocks, you want to stick with brands like Skyjacker, Rancho or ReadyLift. Once you have the brand name sorted out, it’s time to shop their lineup. Skyjacker Nitro shocks for instance, are nitro-filled shocks designed for extreme off road action, whereas the Skyjacker Hydro 7000 are designed for off road, but they have a supple on road feel.
On the other hand, a quick look at the Rancho 5000 shocks reviews online reveal that these shocks may actually be the best shock ever made for on and off road use, especially for a set of F150 shocks or some shocks for a Chevy Silverado. Bottom line, you can’t really go wrong with any of the aforementioned brands, and at some point your purchase will come down to simple brand loyalty.
The Cost of Shocks for Cars
Now for cars. Here we have a huge selection of brands and models to choose from. And again, just stick with the big brands and you can’t go wrong. If you’re involved in hardcore street driving, a set of Tokico Illumina shocks, some Koni Sport Yellows or anything from Eibach is the way to go. If you simply want to replace your factory shocks with something a bit sportier, either Gabriel or Bilstein is a great choice.
By sticking with the brand names, you may end up paying a little more up front, but it’s worth it. Just knowing that your shocks are going to hold up no matter what the road, track or trail throws at them is priceless for your peace of mind.