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Looking for best Heavy duty shocks

Got a 2011 single cab long bed F-250 and just put a fuel tank in it along with my toolbox and other concrete hand tools. Looking for the best heavy duty shocks as I am not wanting to get air bags put on. I also tow a bobcat at times. Anyone have sugggestions on best shocks for my situation?

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I would suggest buying a resi style shock that meets your budget.

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Fox !
Okay, I'll bite. What is Fox!?

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I would suggest buying a resi style shock that meets your budget.
Care to elaborate on what "a resi style" shock is?

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Fox is a brand. All you have to do is Google it.
"Resi" is a external reservoir.

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For a daily driver I have had good luck with Bilstein shocks. I think most any higher end shock would do the job.
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Just so that you know, air bags help the springs and not the shocks. The shocks keep the truck from bouncing up and down when you hit a bump.

The first thing that I would do is to remove all the tools that you carry every day and then measure the distance from the spring/axle to the frame. Then reload everything back into the truck and measure it again and see what you really need. If it is because the springs can't carry the load then air bags would be nice to have. If it bounces down the road then get shocks.

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Just so that you know, air bags help the springs and not the shocks. The shocks keep the truck from bouncing up and down when you hit a bump.

The first thing that I would do is to remove all the tools that you carry every day and then measure the distance from the spring/axle to the frame. Then reload everything back into the truck and measure it again and see what you really need. If it is because the springs can't carry the load then air bags would be nice to have. If it bounces down the road then get shocks.
I agree. Shocks are not a weight bearing component.

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I pull a 42' toy-hauler using Bilstein 5100's. I had airbags on a previous truck but I went with Roadmaster Active Suspension on this truck and I have no regrets.

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FYI. Not impressed with FOX. More likely the problem was the Carli Suspension that I have problems with since day one. Long story short, the “custom valved” Fox shocks designed specifically for my Carli suspension lasted less then 30k miles before the seals failed with freeway driving. Fox has a one year warranty which is is the worst warranty in the industry. Don’t waste your money.
I ran bilstein 5100s on my 10klb ‘99 super duty for over 200k miles with no issues at a fraction of the price. They also come with a lifetime warranty.

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For load managing, i used tree wedges preloading the lower overload and fabbed a spacer on my upper overloads. Fairly simple if you have any skills and cost about $50 for both. Works awesome hauling my 5k lb slide in camper
Or you could buy Torklift Stableloads which do the same thing for about $600. The wedge is probably all you need.
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For a daily driver I have had good luck with Bilstein shocks. I think most any higher end shock would do the job.
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I agree. I just got a set of Bilstein 5100s for my dually & they are great! I had them on my last truck as well. I would get them again when the time comes. Many here have used the 5100s and will agree with me.
By the way, you are describing a pretty heavy load & it seems as if you are asking about which shocks will handle the load the best. Shocks ARE NOT a load bearing component of the suspension. They dampen movement in the suspension in order to improve ride, handling & retard wear of the tires & other components. PERIOD! If you need to level your truck due to the load then air bags are the way to go. I use the Firestone Ride Rite system & Iím very satisfied with it. Iím sure that others will jump in here with great advice as well.
Good luck & let us know what you decide & what works for you.

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I agree with WPETKO shocks are meant to dampen not carry the load.
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5100's and steering stabilizer on my 11 supercab 4x4 with duratracs. Way better then the sock rancho's that came on it.l

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