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Old 04-17-2021, 05:27 AM
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I have a 2016 f150 2 wheel drive and I'd like to add new shocks. I'm not looking to raise or lower anything, just looking for better handling and hopefully eliminate the jumpy rear these trucks are known for. Any recommendations?
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Put a few hundred pounds of weight in the bed..
My Z71 with Bilstein shocks rides good and smooth , but it rides like a dream loaded with some weight back there.
I picked up ten bags of sand for the kids pool in the past , it rode so good I got some more and left them back there for awhile.
sand bags not being the solution but the weight ..
Bilstein 4200s on my Chevy are nice , not sure if they apply to Fords.
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Go to RockAuto.com and see what is available there. I usually get the heaviest duty shock available from a major manufacturer. I've had Bilsteins and they didn't do any better job or last longer than other shocks.
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I've tried going to heavier shocks and quickly changed back to stock numbers - the truck road like a little read wagon going over sidewalk cracks.

Lets face it, trucks are designed to carry a payload. Carrying a few hundred pounds of sand bags back there isn't really a bad idea.
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The guys at F-150 forum love the Fox 2.0’s. They’re pricey. I haven’t had to replace shocks yet but when it comes time they’ll be on my short list.
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The stock shocks are probably gonna be your smoothest ride on the road for all around use.
Heavy duty shocks have messed up the ride in my past trucks. Never rode as good as stocks , unloaded I mean.
I replaced my Shocks with bilsteins , but, they are stock . The exact models the truck had and was designed for. Just 19 years old at replacement time.
You could try some light duty shocks if available and you just want a smooth ride empty bed all the time.
That truck was designed to haul weight, add some.
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I just put the Bilstein 5100's on my 2018 f150-they ride as good as the stock,but make the truck handle better on the curves and definitely better off road
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Originally Posted by waynesworld10 View Post
I just put the Bilstein 5100's on my 2018 f150-they ride as good as the stock,but make the truck handle better on the curves and definitely better off road
Aren't those for lifted trucks?
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Originally Posted by Dixie Highway View Post
The guys at F-150 forum love the Fox 2.0’s. They’re pricey. I haven’t had to replace shocks yet but when it comes time they’ll be on my short list.
The Fox 2.0 is the best choice IMO.
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What is pricey? $500?
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I think it’s $700-$800 a set.
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Originally Posted by 38P6 View Post
Aren't those for lifted trucks?
no. The fronts CAN be set up for a slight lift/level on the 4x4 ones (don't know on the 2wd ones) but you certainly can use them at stock height.
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Originally Posted by stowaway View Post
no. The fronts CAN be set up for a slight lift/level on the 4x4 ones (don't know on the 2wd ones) but you certainly can use them at stock height.
Thank you, I always read great things about the 5100's on the rear of f150s. I thought they were only for lifted trucks though. I'm ordering them today.
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I just put Bilstein 5100 on my F-150. I did raise the front 1.75 inches though. Like the previous poster said they ride very close to stock and will improve cornering. I got all 4 for 379.00 and free shipping.
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Originally Posted by super spook View Post
I just put Bilstein 5100 on my F-150. I did raise the front 1.75 inches though. Like the previous poster said they ride very close to stock and will improve cornering. I got all 4 for 379.00 and free shipping.
https://www.stage3motorsports.com/15...gaAttlEALw_wcB
I'm trying the rears only for now, already placed the order.
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Just curious if you guys are doing the install yourself. If not, what's a realistic installation cost?
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Just curious if you guys are doing the install yourself. If not, what's a realistic installation cost?
The rears look super easy just two bolts each. I will definitely be doing that myself the fronts I think you have to have a spring compressor and I think maybe an alignment when you finish the swap. I did a little reading on an F150 Forum and lots of people are only swapping out the rears for the 5100 it is supposed to make the vehicle handle better and not get that jumpy feeling in corners over bumps. They also say that Towing is much better.
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Bilsteins are the way to go. Some weight in the back helps.
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Rears are the easiest shocks to install ever. I went with a stock replacement.Tire pressures will make a big difference in ride quality. A bit of weight as stated helps.
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Probally bought and installed 15 pairs or more of the Bilsteins over the years, the only shock I use.


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