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Old November 11th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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I just bought an '03 GMC 1500 Z71 and the shocks need to be replaced.

I was wondering what some of you may have used on your rigs and what you have stayed away from.

I was looking at the Monroe Reflex shocks but before I drop the cash I wanted to get some info.

The truck is going to only see the road and mild towing.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 06:07 AM   #2
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I have a 1997 Z71 and recently replaced the stock Bilsteins with Rancho RS5000s. I was disappointed. Although it does ride smooth and handle fine, they don't have the ability to dampen the big hits like the Bilsteins did.

One example....... I have a set of railroad tracks by me....... before I just drove over them at 50 MPH - twice a day, every day, never a problem. Now if I do that, my butt leaves the seat and my head hits the ceiling every time.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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I went with bilsteins on my 2500hd, no regrets.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:12 AM   #4
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me and 84scrambler are running the reflex shocks on our diesel tow rigs.

so far i have no complaints and i really like the ride quality.

84scrambler was really suprised how much better they rode compared to the bilsteins he had on there proir to the reflex change.

for the money and warranty you cant beat the reflex imo
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The other thing with the reflex shocks is there are two models available, the Monotube and the Truck.

Both are monotube shocks but I dont know what the difference is. I used the application guide on the monroe website and if I put in that my rig is a Z71, it comes up with the Monotube shocks. If I go non Z71, it comes up with the Truck shocks or monotube.

Any ideas?

I also threw around the idea of the Edelbrock Performer IAS shocks but damn they are expensive for a stock truck.
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im not sure the difference either but i used the "truck" shock
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The shocks on my 06 Chevy 2500HD are shot, and I've been looking at what to get as replacements. I had been going back and forth between the yellow Bilsteins and the Monroe Reflex shocks or just local parts store cheapies.

With the help of this thread, I pulled the trigger this morning on some Reflex shocks, and found them cheapest at Amazon.com of all places. I got them thru Amazon on the slow boat to China shipping for just under $160. That should have them to me in time to install during some time off over Thanksgiving.

Summit wanted $189 before their order fee. Strangely, Summit didn't have them in stock, so I would have had to wait longer (11/27) for them to ship anyway, so I figured I'd go with Amazon.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #8
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The shocks on my 06 Chevy 2500HD are shot, and I've been looking at what to get as replacements. I had been going back and forth between the yellow Bilsteins and the Monroe Reflex shocks or just local parts store cheapies.

With the help of this thread, I pulled the trigger this morning on some Reflex shocks, and found them cheapest at Amazon.com of all places. I got them thru Amazon on the slow boat to China shipping for just under $160. That should have them to me in time to install during some time off over Thanksgiving.

Summit wanted $189 before their order fee. Strangely, Summit didn't have them in stock, so I would have had to wait longer (11/27) for them to ship anyway, so I figured I'd go with Amazon.
This is the same thing I had found out. I was going to go through amazon because they seemed to be the only ones who had them and they were the cheapest. Plus they qualified for the slow free shipping.

Off topic, anybody know what the biggest tires are that can fit on a stock '03 Z71? I have 265s on there now and would like to go larger. I don't know if 285s would be too big. I would have to take off the mudflaps that are on there but that doesn't bother me.
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On a half ton you can fit 285's with some minor trimming and t-bar cranking.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 10:13 AM   #10
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I have the 285's on mine and just cranked the front torsion bar. I was told by a guy at the tire store that you can fit 305's with some trimming but I have not tried.

I am replacing the shocks on my BIL's truck and will be going with the Bilstein 5100, they are not cheap but from what I have read should work great, they are $79.95 each at most places and a little more at others.
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My build project has reflexs on it (bought it with them), I hope they work on a trail rig as good as you guys say they work on your tow rigs :)
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Old November 12th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #12
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The only thing that makes me wonder about the reflex truck shocks is the one review on the amazon site. Either this guy doesn't know how to install shocks or it is a legit issue.

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I've had these shocks on my truck for several weeks and I'm satisfied with the ride and handling -- the feel seems to be comparable to the original OEM shocks. There is, however, one problem: this model shock (911151) is specified by Monroe for my 1999 Chevy Silverado Z71 pickup, but these shocks do not extend to the full travel of the suspension, as the OEM shocks did (and should). As a result, you have to lift the suspension several inches to mount the shock (a problem). As I don't do any off-roading with this truck, I rarely use the full travel of the suspension, but it does limit the off-road ability of the truck and it isn't what it should be, so that's why I didn't give 5 stars. If these last for another 75,000 miles they will be a good value.
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As a follow up, my shocks showed up last weekend and installed them on Saturday. They definitely changed the ride of the truck. Driving down the gravel road on the way to work this morning the truck was soaking up the bumps pretty good for a 2500HD with an empty bed, and controlled the bounce on a big bump I hit everyday going to and from work.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 11:48 AM   #14
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Cool. Did you get the "Truck" shocks or the "Monotube" shocks?
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I've had Reflexs' on both my '01 and '05 Duramax, and liked them enough I put them on my trail rig too and have had no problems. I had a friend who tried the Edelbrocks on his reg cab/short box 1500 and said they were too stiff so he took them off after a few weeks. I think I paid $55-60 at the local parts store and its weel worth it IMO
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I'm not for sure but I think the differance between Z71 and non-Z71 is the length
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I'm not for sure but I think the differance between Z71 and non-Z71 is the length
That is what I am worried about. The one review on Amazon said that the shocks were too short.

Reading the review again shows the guy put the "Truck" shocks on when the "Monotube" are the recommended shock from Monroe. That is probably why. Makes sense. Of course the correct ones are the more expensive ones.
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The right ones are probably worth getting though, since there may also be a differance in the valveing
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Cool. Did you get the "Truck" shocks or the "Monotube" shocks?
I used the monotube version. I used the wizard on their web site and used the numbers it provided.
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I used the monotube version. I used the wizard on their web site and used the numbers it provided.
Awesome.

Now if somebody would buy my jeep, I could buy the shocks. And new tires.
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