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all right, ive done some searching and reading, but theres so many different opinions and views on this subject, i just want a better answer that will fit my application. what would be the best replacement shocks for my 2004 kk off road titan? i have ~34,000 miles on the stock ranchos and the truck is starting to feel like it rolls a lot more in corners. this could be contributed by my crappy stock tires also. i will be replacing my stock tires along with shocks this fall. i use my truck for 90% highway use in the upper peninsula of michigan, so the roads are pretty bumpy. i do a lot of hauling snowmobiles in the box during the winter months, which isnt a whole lot of weight. im not looking on dumping 1000 bucks on custom shocks that i wont notice a difference on. just looking for something that will keep the bumps at bay (and interior rattles), and will last quite a while. whats the best bang for the buck? thanks for any help in advance, and sorry for bringing up a topic that has probably been posted countless times.

oh and one other thing. i was pondering the idea of going with a leveling kit and putting a bit bigger tire on. would this be ok with the new shocks, or would i need to go with longer ones. not positive on doing this yet, just was thinking about it.
 

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Bilstein 5000 for the rear. Sway bar will help with roll.
 

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oh and one other thing. i was pondering the idea of going with a leveling kit and putting a bit bigger tire on. would this be ok with the new shocks, or would i need to go with longer ones. not positive on doing this yet, just was thinking about it.
You'll be fine with stock length shocks and level kit, the kit is made to use the stock length shocks...
Get the stock replacement Bilsteins...
 

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loufish said:
You'll be fine with stock length shocks and level kit, the kit is made to use the stock length shocks...
Get the stock replacement Bilsteins...
ok, anyone got a link to the cheapest place to order the bilsteins?
 

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Not the cheapest, but if you don't what to breakdown and reassemble the shock/coils, you can get them with exchanged coils from PRG. Then if you send your old ones back, you get a core charge refunded to you.
There's a pic of them too, the third one at this post:
http://www.titantalk.com/forums/830993-post1.html

I've heard some people are buying just the shocks from shockwarehouse, and they look fairly inexpensive, if you want to do the work yourself. If you don't have a spring compressor you need to borrow or rent one.
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/site/product.cfm/id/282321/name/BE5-B623-HO-Bilstein-Heavy-Duty-Nissan

For the rear you should consider the Bilstein or Donahoe Racing shocks that PRGproducts, sells. And the 2" Radflo coilover described at the bottom of the same page. This costs a lot more, but would be a big suspension upgrade, and you can level the Titan with the Radflo coilover and not need a level kit.
http://www.prgproducts.com/titan_shocks.php

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If 90% of your ridding is on the highway then just get the bilsteins (front and rear). There is no point on spending it on expensive shocks. The HD bilsteins are a very good replacement, especially if you don't off road it too often. A lot of ppl buy radflo's, DR's,SAW's or whatever and they don't even off road them at all. Most ppl are too scared to get their new trucks scratched. I was doing some mild rock climbing with my truck and other owners are just like "nope", will never do that with my preciouse truck, but look at my very expensive saws. They're cool looking hah.
 

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The springs on the high end, aftermarket coilovers are much different than the stock ones, and the on road handling is much better with aftermarket. People can even remove their sway bars if using Radflo, SAW, and DRE c.o.

Even with mine set at about three inches of lift, it handles curvy roads way better than stock. On poor roads, with potholes, and broken pavement, the DRE c.o. are a much better ride than stock, too. I think for anyone that drives their truck a lot of miles on less than perfect roads, it is worth the extra money. IMO

The Bilsteins are a definite upgrade to stock though, so worthwhile, if that's all the budget allows for.
 

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It doesn't sound like you are going to be desert racing or anything, so I will offer this up...If you are looking to level the truck as well as replace the shocks I would look at Bilstein & Rancho products.

You can't go wrong with Bilstein rear shocks offered by PRG in a post above. If you have patience - wait for the adjustable 5100's for the front which will level the truck without the need for spacers. I spoke to Bilstein last week & they should be on the market before the end of the year. Here's a link:
http://www.bilstein.com/offroad.php#5100pre

Rancho has their new "Quick Lift" shocks for the front & new 9000XL's for the rear already on the market. The "Quick Lift" shocks level thre truck without the need for spacers. Part numbers: Rear - RS999303XL Front - RS999798QL You can go to the Rancho website for more information & pictures.
 

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for my 2wd on road only, what do you recomend? handling and lowering are most important to me. I only have the prg shackles installed. factory XE shocks only. 20 inch wheels.
 

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07cajuntitan said:
If you have patience - wait for the adjustable 5100's for the front which will level the truck without the need for spacers. I spoke to Bilstein last week & they should be on the market before the end of the year.
They've been saying they'll be out soon for a while. Same story on the non adjustable fronts before they were finally available.
 

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They've been saying they'll be out soon for a while. Same story on the non adjustable fronts before they were finally available.
Maybe if we all bug them enough they will make it happen. Bilstein's phone number is (858) 386-5900. Talk to Shane in the "Off Road" department.:cheers:
 

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if you don't want to wait what are your recomendations?
 

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Hey HiTec - I have read a bunch of information on the Rancho 9000XL's and the Quick Lift shocks for the front. I have heard nothing negative about them. Most on this forum hate Rancho products b/c of past experiences, but the products I am describing here are the newest shocks Rancho offers. I cannot find any Titan owners that have tried them, but on some other forums people have used them & say they love them. The "dial my ride" feature is loved by most. You can dial it down for a cushy cadillac ride, or turn it up for off-roading. I read about someone using this setup on a FJ Cruiser forum & he loves them.

Do not confuse the Quick Lift & XL shocks I am talking about here with some of their older stuff. Look into the part numbers I have listed on this thread, and read about them on Rancho's website.

I'm short on cash right now (as you know) and am going to wait & see what Bilstein wants for the adj. 5100's before I make up my mind. I'm in no hurry right now.
 

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for my 2wd on road only, what do you recomend? handling and lowering are most important to me. I only have the prg shackles installed. factory XE shocks only. 20 inch wheels.
Wait - I forgot about this post - you do not want to raise the truck. I would just use regular Bilstein HD's (blue & yellow) which you can buy right now. shockwarehouse.com has them I think. If you want to change them out yourself, take Greg at PRG up on his offer and buy the HD's already installed on OEM coils and ship him the ones you take off the truck. Greg explainss this offer on another thread out here.
 

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Veedo said:
im not looking on dumping 1000 bucks on custom shocks that I wont notice a difference on.


This is a common misconception that is totally untrue.
 

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hmm yea, the adjustable 5100 Series would be sweet, maybe i can hold out until they are available. are these babies expensive? im sure the radflos and whatnot are an awesome shock, and much better, but seriously, will the difference in ride justify spending that much more cash for my type of driving? i probably would go for it if things were not so tight right now. my snowmobile addiction eats up a lot of my fun money, now fancy shocks on my sled is a different story for me!
 

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Veedo said:
the adjustable 5100 Series would be sweet, maybe i can hold out until they are available. are these babies expensive?
shockwarehouse.com has the ones for F-150's priced at $138.25 I would think that the ones for the Titan would be priced similarly. You know what would be GREAT (once these are on the market) is if Greg at PRG would offer these already set at the right height, and pre-installed with a factory spring. That way we could send him our factory spring / shock for a core reimbursement and not have to worry about pulling the spring ourselves.
 

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called Greg @ PRG but as usual no call back as yet...
 

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hitecredneck said:
called Greg @ PRG but as usual no call back as yet...
don't forget he's in CA and it's 0630 in the morning....
 
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