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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,…

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A Shocking Controversy

Why do we need vehicle shock absorbers?  From the monroe.com website: In their simplest form, shock absorbers are hydraulic (oil) pump like devices that help to control the impact and rebound movement of your vehicle’s springs and suspension. Along with smoothening out bumps and vibrations, the key role of the shock absorber is to ensure that the vehicle’s tyres remain…

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Exploration, Modification

Replacing Shocks on a 2003 E-350

All the telltale signs for bad shocks were there.   Excessive bounce, shimmy at highway speed, and of course, fluid leak stain on the housing. Michigan vehicle.  Twelve years old.  Factory original shocks. Means, we’re going to have a heck-of-a-time getting those jonnies off.  The bottom mounts are connected to the radius arm on a welded stud mount.  The nut was…

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