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New shocks vs. air bags

New member here, and new(er) 6.0 owner. Hoping to improve the ride of my 2006 F350 KR SRW CC LB 4x4 and think it may need new shocks all around. It has Rancho's on it, and not sure if they are original or not (170K miles on truck). May be a dumb question, but if I add air bags to the rear, will this mask bad gas struts, or do they work independently? I don't tow much, just looking for a less bouncy ride. I'm guessing I could spend less and get more benefit from just replacing all four shocks. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Re: New shocks vs. air bags

The price and labor of replacing shocks is minimal to improve ride quality rather than trying to simply mask it. Just because there's Ranchos on it doesn't mean you have to use them to replace bad ranchos.. I think my buddy priced out replacements for his 03 fx4 gasser 350 and they were 32 bucks each..

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Wackyman,

I appreciate the quick reply. I've heard good things about Rancho 9000's and Bilstein 5100's for these trucks. Any preference?

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Wackyman,

I appreciate the quick reply. I've heard good things about Rancho 9000's and Bilstein 5100's for these trucks. Any preference?

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I personally haven't used either of them yet, so I can't really give you my opinion. Maybe someone who has used them could chime in on those particular products. Both are very reputable brand names..

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Re: New shocks vs. air bags

I love the 9000 the Bilsteins were to stiff for me

the truck camper crowd likes the 9000's adjustability for loaded unloaded versatility

and I highly suggest buying local so if you ever need one warrantied (lifetime) you can swap them in the parking lot

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