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Username Post: front shocks        (Topic#368379)
J C 
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Loc: Orange Co. Calif
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05-08-22 10:20 PM - Post#2840911    

2018 Express 2500. From new this van was like a boat going down the road. My previous was a 86 1 ton with KYB's. Road a little rough but I liked it except when hitting speed bumps. Heard many don't like the KYB due to harsh ride. I want to firm up the front end. Any suggestions. Thanks.

69RSZ28 71 Chevelle 79 Silverado 24K mi.


 
Tony1963 
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05-09-22 04:14 AM - Post#2840917    
    In response to J C

Keep in mind that "shock absorbers" really do not absorb shocks. They keep the suspension from rebounding due to coil spring expanding and contracting. The shock is designed to dampen the coil spring.

With what you are describing, my suggestion is to check the stabilizer bar links to see that they are tight. If they are worn, the vehicle will toss side to side like you describe. Then, after that, if needed, use stiffer shocks.

While the industry has done a great job convincing people that a better ride is as easy as four shocks in a box, the shock only limits the travel of the spring.



 
J C 
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05-12-22 05:01 AM - Post#2841087    
    In response to Tony1963

Thank you for the reply. This van has been this way from day 1 when I picked it up new from the dealer so I doubt anything is worn however I will check. Maybe I'm just used to my old C30 that road like it had no springs and was bolted to the frame. I'll probably have to go with something like the KYB's gas adjust that a lot of others do not like due to their comments about a harsh ride. Thanks.

69RSZ28 71 Chevelle 79 Silverado 24K mi.


 
dgstarr 
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05-14-22 03:22 PM - Post#2841207    
    In response to J C

We had Bilstein shocks installed on a company 3500 van and the ride was horribly harsh. I like the KYB Gas Adjust personally and have found it to be the best compromise between ride and handling.



 
Tony1963 
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05-15-22 11:00 AM - Post#2841224    
    In response to dgstarr

I used KYB shocks on a Chevrolet Camaro back in the day and I'd describe the ride as very "tight".

Keep in mind that all that the shocks can do is slow down the movement of the spring. There isn't enough metal to have the shock absorb the entire load of the vehicle.

I guess the KYBs really slowed down the coil spring rebound.



 
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