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QUESTION: I need 4 shocks for a 2003 Alpinlite 5th wheel trailer, 14,000GVW, 33ft long, 2 Dexter axles. ANSWER: We recommend the Monroe Trailer Retrofit Kit, for trailers that have either a leaf spring suspension or a torsion axle suspension. Adding Monroe RV shocks reduces the bounce and wander of your trailer for improved towing […]

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Best Shocks for Fighting Crime

What do we recommend at Shockwarehouse when TV detectives from the 1970s call us to ask about replacing their shocks? Here you go: Jim Rockford: 1976 Pontiac Firebird Bilstein Heavy Duty David Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson: 1974 Ford Gran Torino Monroe Sensatracs Theo Kojak: 1973 Buick Century Regal 455 KONI STR.T (Orange)   The […]

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28% of U.S. Roads in Poor Condition

One more reason to keep your suspension system in good repair: your vehicle may be taking more damage from poorly maintained roads than you might realize. Much road damage is due to time and the weather, but overweight freight trucks tear up the roads, too. A recent study by TRIP, a nonprofit research prganization in […]

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How can I tell if I have Nivomat shocks?

Nivomat suspension units have been used for more than 30 years on a variety of domestic and foreign vehicles, including Volvo, Ford, Opel, Saab, GM, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Rover, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Kia and others. The Nivomat self-leveling shock has a lightweight coil spring and gradually, over a mile or two, self-adjusts to normal ride height […]

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Almost every week someone asks us about the “upside-down” mounting of Bilstein shocks on Ford vehicles. And yes, it’s true, they mount boot-side-down. Bilstein engineers added small holes to drain condensation from the boot side; in most cases they will only mount one way anyway, but if it looks weird to you, you are not […]

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When You Unpack Your Shocks

Sometimes, one shock may be more extended than the other. This is normal. See our August 18 blog post Koni STR.T is Fine for more information. The strap, if included, is purely for shipping purposes and has no function during shock installation. Some new shocks may show a small amount of oil in the seal […]

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In the first place, a lot depends on what you want. Shock absorbers or struts can cost anywhere from $40-$400 EACH, depending on the make and model of your vehicle and what you are looking for in terms of performance. If you need this question answered because you are facing your first replacement on a […]

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Using the Shockwarehouse Shock Guide

Shockwarehouse has developed a handy Shock Guide to help you make a decision when you need to buy shocks or struts. Driving conditions, age of your car, tires, tire pressure, performance needs and many other variables will affect your decision. In our opinion, monotube high pressure gas units offer the best dampening power, performance, and […]

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We heard from a customer who had relatively new Bilstein shocks: “Left shock mounting rubber at the top of the shock has broken.” That’s not covered by warranty because what the customer needs now is new upper mounting hardware. “It most likely broke because it was over torqued on installation,” our Bilstein representative told us. […]

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This happens all the time. Especially if it’s your first time ordering and installing shocks, you may be surprised that the extension of the piston upon arrival can vary somewhat. We received this question: “Hi. I received my shocks. One of the rears is too short. I don’t know if it’s blown or if it’s […]

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