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Do I really need new Shocks/Struts?

I have 69K on the OEM hardware on my 2010 Limited JGC. Yes, it feels a bit floaty, but is very controlled going over bumps, and when I push down hard on the rear bumper and get the vehicle moving on the springs and let go, it stops immediately. I figure a big vehicle like this SHOULD float some?

Yet I hear everyon say OEM stuff is worn out at 60K on these? Is it really? Will new shocks/struts really make a difference?

If so, is the Bilstein in the stickied thread still the go-to for an OEM suspension mainly used on the road where handling is what is desired most?
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Re: Do I really need new Shocks/Struts?

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I have 69K on the OEM hardware on my 2010 Limited JGC. Yes, it feels a bit floaty, but is very controlled going over bumps, and when I push down hard on the rear bumper and get the vehicle moving on the springs and let go, it stops immediately. I figure a big vehicle like this SHOULD float some?

Yet I hear everyon say OEM stuff is worn out at 60K on these? Is it really? Will new shocks/struts really make a difference?

If so, is the Bilstein in the stickied thread still the go-to for an OEM suspension mainly used on the road where handling is what is desired most?
I replaced my front struts with Monroe Sensa-Tracs and my rear shocks with Monroe LL's at around 80k. By that point, my OE suspension was toast. You'd be surprised at the difference you'll feel with new components. I had almost forgotten how the WK was supposed to ride.

IMHO, Monroes are the closest feeling to stock while eliminating the floating/bounciness of the OE suspension and getting some control. Turn-in is MUCH improved. The Bilsteins are much to stiff for my taste, but like most things, suspension is quite subjective.
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Re: Do I really need new Shocks/Struts?

I replaced my OEM rears with Bilsteins at 40k, mostly just to try them out on the cheap. They are definitely an improvement over stock for handling and dampening. Some people post that the ride felt harsh or stiff, but I found the ride to be fine and not at all harsh. I also felt it was not an earth-shaking upgrade.

Another 40k and I'll probably do front/rear in new bilsteins, along with SRT sway bars. The only drawback to trading out shocks is that the fronts are fairly expensive to do, so the OP might consider stiffer sways at the same time. Even if you do the work yourself you'll still need an alignment.
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I replaced my OEM rears with Bilsteins at 40k, mostly just to try them out on the cheap. They are definitely an improvement over stock for handling and dampening. Some people post that the ride felt harsh or stiff, but I found the ride to be fine and not at all harsh. I also felt it was not an earth-shaking upgrade.

Another 40k and I'll probably do front/rear in new bilsteins, along with SRT sway bars. The only drawback to trading out shocks is that the fronts are fairly expensive to do, so the OP might consider stiffer sways at the same time. Even if you do the work yourself you'll still need an alignment.
The dealership quoted me $196 for both fronts (labor only) and I already need new tires.

Now I'm curious about whether I want to do the Monro, or Bilstein...
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Re: Do I really need new Shocks/Struts?

Also, will I need new strut mounts, or other hardware or anything, or JUST the shocks/struts?
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Re: Do I really need new Shocks/Struts?

Dunno about other hardware. $200 seems like a decent price for a nasty job. If you're performance-oriented the Bilsteins are what you want. If I have any gripe against the Bilstein ride, I was hoping for something stiffer.

For levelling out sway, research the SRT sway bar mod--swapping out your current bar with the stiffer SRT bar.
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I put bilstein 5100 struts and shocks with SRT front/rear sway bars at 23k in my 09 4.7 just because I wanted better handling. Man what a difference. Swaybars definitely help along with the 4600 or 5100 bilsteins.
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I put bilstein 5100 struts and shocks with SRT front/rear sway bars at 23k in my 09 4.7 just because I wanted better handling. Man what a difference. Swaybars definitely help along with the 4600 or 5100 bilsteins.
I'm going Bilstein. I've owned sports cars for the last 5 years, and I think I will like them. Plus, they are a better and more durable design than the Sensatrac. I likely will not do sway bars or any of that. I just want to properly maintain this vehicle, and I BET! that Bilstein is cheaper than OEM at $3 and a half for all 4 + install.

I had a mustang 5.0 as a late teenager, and dumped thousands of dollars into it. Only to have my stock WS.6 Trans Am in college stomp a mudhole in that car while getting 27mpg and having a sound system and far better handling. I learned then about modifying things too much. It never stops, and I would end up burning more money than an SRT8 would have cost me just to get that. The difference in price was around $5K with this year-model/miles, and that can QUICKLY go up on modmoney.
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FYI. Bilsteins have a lifetime warranty if I am not mistaken. May be something to factor into the equation.
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FYI. Bilsteins have a lifetime warranty if I am not mistaken. May be something to factor into the equation.
$356 and free shipping for all 4 with the isolator boot things. I'm going that path.
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FYI. Bilsteins have a lifetime warranty if I am not mistaken. May be something to factor into the equation.
Monroe shocks/struts also carry a lifetime warranty. Though I think most aftermarket suspension offers such warranties. However, if you read the fine print, it's usually only covered if you have it installed by professional mechanics...
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Monroe shocks/struts also carry a lifetime warranty. Though I think most aftermarket suspension offers such warranties. However, if you read the fine print, it's usually only covered if you have it installed by professional mechanics...
Dealership will be doing the front for $196. I am probably just going to do the rear. Rear shocks are not that expensive or difficult, either, so the warranty there is a moot point. The labor is more than the Struts, as well. Regardless, the Bilstein's just seem like the better product for MY goals.
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