shocks for 98 AWD LT - medium price?

shocks for 98 AWD LT - medium price?

Postby zugswang [OP] » February 5th 2017, 6:30am

hey all
this has probably been asked and answered before but I can't find it so I'll risk trying the community's patience by asking it:
What might be the best medium priced shocks for my 98 AWD LT?
I am a carpenter who frequently hauls several hundred pounds of my favorite tools everyday plus occasional materials and other fat guys on rough and mud.
Seems to me that the stock Asstro is suspended inadequate and could use an upgrade
My previous was a canadian 3/4 ton 1984 Ford F150 with a straight six that could tug a mountain inside out and never had a problem with load but being 2wd was a liability on most sites plus my tools were wet all the time
I'd like for the van to haul better while my tools are all dry
So what should I buy shock-wise and/or maybe new springs?
Thanks in advance for your considered advice!
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Re: shocks for 98 AWD LT - medium price?

Postby dramey » February 5th 2017, 9:39am

I use KYB shocks on all my vehicles.
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Re: shocks for 98 AWD LT - medium price?

Postby WoodButcher » February 5th 2017, 5:51pm

I've run my '97 RWD overloaded forever. I made a franken-pack of springs that worked well for me. Do that or get the HD springs, LT truck tires are a must, heaviest sidewall ratings you can find and the tallest you can fit. 4 the same for AWD!!! The '98 will probably fit 235/70 15 w/o rubbing up front if you do a little grinder / BFH work. If you use a taller spring in the rear a turn on the torsion bars will give some clearance.
For shocks you'll want the best you can find, I have used Rancho on mine with some success, they don't make the front for 2WD anymore so this is my complaint.

It's impossible to load these vans and have a good ride at a medium price point.
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Re: shocks for 98 AWD LT - medium price?

Postby Lumpy » February 5th 2017, 6:06pm

I agree with WoodyButch.

Shocks are there to dampen the up and down travel. They don't increase load carrying capacity. Get the leaves where you want them (replace, add to, whatever) and once you've got that taken care of, pick shocks based on the phase of the moon or something. No way anyone else can tell what kind of shocks will work well in anyone else's situation.

Choosing shocks is worse than choosing tires, IMO. Most subjective thing in the world plus at least with tires you can factor in cosmetics. Shocks are unseen and not sexy. Literally a shot in the dark.

You could install air shocks. Lots of people who occasionally tow or load their van like them. They don't really increase any kind of load capacity, they simply push the axle farther away from the body.

My approach, and I think that of CargoCrawler's, is to get the springs/shocks and everything else set up for the anticipated heaviest loads, and then when you're NOT hauling that load, substitute sand bags, dead hookers, live Mexicans etc so that the rear is weighted down the same way as when the trailer or other load is in the picture.


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