Best Shocks for Lifted Trucks

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Shock absorbers ensure a smooth ride for any car that roams the roads. They are even more critical to trucks that often go off-roading for recreation or work. They may be sold alone or as part of a suspension lift kit, which increases a vehicle’s ground and fender clearance.

Shocks fulfill two roles in trucks and other vehicles. First, shock absorbers help manage the impact and rebound movement of the vehicle’s springs and suspension. They make the ride more comfortable for driver and passenger alike.

Second, shocks improve vehicle handling and safety by maintaining solid contact between the tires’ bottom surface and the ground surface. A vehicle that loses its only point of contact with the ground becomes harder to control or stop.

side view of a pickup truck's shock absorbers
Shock absorbers help manage the impact and rebound movement of the vehicle’s springs and suspension, making the ride more comfortable.

Top 10 Best Shocks For Lifted Trucks

There are many brands that offer various models of shock absorbers. They offer a plethora of options that include hydraulic or gas operation, monotube or twin tube designs, and remote or dual fluid reservoirs, among others.

It can prove difficult to decide on the most appropriate shock absorber for your lifted truck. To make the search for shocks easier, we compiled a list of the 10 best brands and models.

1. Rancho RS5000X Shock Absorber

The Rancho RS5000X is the successor of Rancho’s long-serving RS5000 shock. Its wider body holds more oil for greater dampening, and it can take advantage of the increased hydraulic fluid with its modern progessive engagement valving and nitrogen gas charging.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 2005-2019 Ford F-250/350/450 Super Duty, 2005-2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 2005-2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty, 2007-2018 Ford F-550 Super Duty

2. Bilstein B8 5100 Shock Absorber

Few shock absorbers can match the ease with which the Bilstein B8 5100 fits on your lifted truck. Installation requires only a few hours and doesn’t require any special preparations or alterations to the truck. The B8 5100 fits on various vehicles and lift combinations and its zinc finish gives it the durability and reliability it needs for driving off road.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 2005-2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty, 2005-2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

3. Skyjacker Hydro 7000 Shock Absorber

Skyjacker Hydro 7000 Shock Absorber
The Skyjacker Hydro 700 features hydraulic dampening action and multi-stage valving.

Intended for lifted trucks that stick to the roads more often than not, the Hydro 7000 makes the ride more enjoyable through hydraulic dampening action. It features multi-stage valving and will fit both old and new trucks with 1.5” inches to 7.5” inches of lift.

Compatible with 1965-1983 Ford F-100, 1975-2018 Ford-150,1965-2018 Ford F-250, 1975-2018 Ford F-350, 1967-2002 Chevrolet K10, 1967-2002 Chevrolet K20, 1967-1996 Ford Bronco

4. ACDelco 519-2 Specialty Spring Assisted Shock Absorber

If you need sturdy shock absorbers that won’t send your wallet into shock, ACDelco offers 519-2 Specialty Spring Assisted shocks. They cost less than the RS5000 or B9 5100 while still delivering good performance. The shocks wear a coat of chrome that repels corrosion.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 1976-1995 Toyota Pickup, 1982-1996 Mitsubishi Mighty Max, 1983-1997 Nissan Pickup, 1998-2004 Nissan Frontier

5. Monroe 34690 Gas-Magnum Truck Shock Absorber

Like their ACDelco counterpart, Monroe 34690 Gas-Magnum shocks offer an affordable alternative without sacrificing performance. They hold up to twice the amount of fluid in a typical shock absorber with a 1-inch bore, so they can deliver greater performance for the same effort. 34690 Gas-Magnum shocks fit on many mid-size and full-size pickup trucks.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 1999-2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 1999-2004 GMC Sierra 2500, 2001-2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD, 2001-2006 GMC Sierra 1500 HD, 2001-2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 2001-2010 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

6. KYB 565104 MonoMax Gas Shock

These gas shock absorbers can increase the power, stability, and handling of your lifted truck. The KYB 565104 MonoMax can outlast other shocks thanks to their heavy-duty build, zinc-coated piston, and protective rubber boot.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 1999-2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 1999-2004 GMC Sierra 2500, 2001-2010 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 2002-2010 Dodge Ram 1500, 2011-2018 Ram 1500, 2001-2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

7. Skyjacker Black MAX 8500 Shock

Part of the Skyjacker Black MAX shocks, the 8500 series contains foam-cells that get rid of air while making adjustments for oil expansion. These shock absorbers will work well in lifted trucks with up to 6 inches of lift.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: Dodge Ram 2500, Dodge Ram 3500

8. Teraflex Falcon 3.4 Remote Air Adjust Piggyback Shocks

Teraflex Falcon 3.4 Remote Air Adjust Piggyback Shocks
Teraflex Falcon 3.4 Remote Air Adjust Piggyback Shock Absorbers are perfect for Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts.

When Jeep aficionados need shock absorbers for their lifted Jeep Wrangler (JK) and Wrangler Unlimited (JKU), a lot of them turn to Teraflex. Its Falcon series of shocks uses lessons drawn from racing to improve the Jeep’s comfort, performance, and stability. The latest Series 3.4 Remote Air Adjust Piggyback shock absorbers let drivers switch between soft and firm damping settings.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler (JK)

9. Pro Comp ES9000 Shock Absorbers

Recommended for lifted Ford Super Duty trucks, Pro Comp ES900 shock absorbers deliver the performance needed by large vehicles that haul heavy loads. They can match the handling characteristics of the factory-issue shocks they replace, so drivers won’t experience any jarring difference when operating their lifted trucks.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 1980-1996 Ford Bronco, 1980-1983 Ford F-100, Ford F-150, 1980-1998 Ford F-250, 1980-1997 Ford F-350, 1983-2012 Ford Ranger, 1998-2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty, 1998-2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty

10. Tuff Country EZ-Ride SX6000 Cellular Gas Shocks

Last but not least are the SX6000 shock absorbers. Proudly made in the USA for light trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs, these shocks use multi-stage valving to increase their responsiveness to impacts while keeping fade under control.

Features & Specifications

Compatible with: 1999-2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2007-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2001-2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD, 2011-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD, and others

Tips on Choosing the Best Shocks for Your Lifted Truck

It can prove tough to pick a shock absorber on purely technical terms. They all seem good or even identical. But you can narrow down the contenders by asking yourself a few questions.

Start by reviewing your driving habits. How often do you take your lifted truck off-roading? What speeds do you drive your truck, be it on the road or off the beaten track? Depending on your driving preferences and plans for your vehicle, some types of shock absorbers will suit you and your truck better.

semi front shot of a lifted pickup truck
Your driving preferences and application will determine the type of shock absorbers that best suit your truck.

Next, keep in mind how high you lifted your truck. The higher it rises, the wider the gap between the shock absorbers’ mounting points.

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