Time for Rear Shocks on the E-350

After a particularly nasty freeze-thaw cycle here in Michigan, the roads are destroyed and I need new shocks on the rear of the tow vehicle. Go figure.

I installed a pair of Gabriel Ultra on the rear in March 2016.  After almost two years and roughly 34,000 miles they crapped out.  I don’t know if the dampening system was shot, but the mounting bushings on both top and bottom were completely torn away.

Bottom bushing worn out and smooshing out the side.  The bushing was completely gone on the opposite shock.

At the top mount, there’s two rubber bushings that are clamped down either side of the vans mounting bracket.  The top bushing on both shocks was completely gone.  The shocks were basically just banging around back there.  No dampening.  Pot holes at highway speeds were treacherous, the back end would hop all over.

2 years/34,000 miles doesn’t seem like much, but whatever.  I bought Gabriel’s because I like the name.  Besides, they got a lifetime warranty.  The only problem was changing them out in 25° weather.  But, it’s an easy job.

This time I picked up some washers to fit inside the lower bracket against the rubber bushings.  It looked to me like if there was some lateral support it wouldn’t fail so easily.

Aftermarket washers either side of the lower bushings, inside the mounting bracket

One less thing to worry about.

See You Down the Road!