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Old 11-16-2012, 07:21 AM   #1
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Hello, I plan on getting a set of 2.5" HBS leveling struts for the front and replacing the shocks(front and back). I was wondering what kind I should get?? I never really off road, and if i do it's not rough. I have a 04 5.4L Lariat 2wd. Not looking for something expensive. I'm kinda a noob at this area of the truck.
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Unless you want a specific look, like lowering or raising and need a different shock or strut for that, I would recommend a factory shock (monroe) if you want a more performance type, get a Beilstien. I have them on my lightning and then you could go with the Rancho 5000 series, one thing is on the front they are a coilover shock. Buy the strut with the spring already assembled, spring probably needs replacing if the strut does anyhow and makes ans easier install. Good Luck!
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Yeah, a friend of mine said that the coil should still be good, but that the shock is bad. I guess I'll see when I go buy some. Also, i'm not too worried about performance as new ones should help anyway. But Do want to make sure my front of my truck does raise up at least 2". I know the HBS ket will help, but do I need a certain type of shock to make that happen or should a factory shock be fine??
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I went with the Monroe SensaTrac struts/shocks. I've only installed the struts so far but they are doing a great job, can find good a good price on amazon! Good luck.
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why not just get the bilstein leveling shocks, that way you dont need to buy shocks AND a HBS kit. The spring perch on the new bilstein leveling shock sits higher, terfore leveling your truck out without the need of a spacer. I put the Pro Comp Pro runner SS leveling shocks in my truck and like them alot. About 100$ a piece from autoanything.
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why not just get the bilstein leveling shocks, that way you dont need to buy shocks AND a HBS kit. The spring perch on the new bilstein leveling shock sits higher, terfore leveling your truck out without the need of a spacer. I put the Pro Comp Pro runner SS leveling shocks in my truck and like them alot. About 100$ a piece from autoanything.

^^^^^^^^ x 2 If I did it all over again I would definately go with the Bilsteins. I have bilsteins for my rear shocks and have Gabriel Quick Struts on the front with a 2.5 in HBS leveling kit on a 2004 f150 5.4 4x4. I could have saved time and money with the adjustable bilsteins up front but like someone else said, if your struts are bad you would be better off to replace the coil and the strut at the same time.
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Freebird..explain a little bit about your ride and what level your set at..I want these Pro Runners for the leveling...but want a decent ride..I dont drive my truck everyday..so a little difference wont matter...I just dont want a log wagon..sorry dont mean to jack your thread ..Freebird..PM me if you want
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why not just get the bilstein leveling shocks, that way you dont need to buy shocks AND a HBS kit. The spring perch on the new bilstein leveling shock sits higher, terfore leveling your truck out without the need of a spacer. I put the Pro Comp Pro runner SS leveling shocks in my truck and like them alot. About 100$ a piece from autoanything.
I've been considering the pro runner up front on my truck... Would you say it's well worth it for these struts? I was also considering bilstein adjustable's set at zero lift with my 2.5 inch level spacer on top..
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Every time I read about some using the struts to level they complain that the ride is really rough and stiff... That's why I went with the HBS Leveling kit on top of new shocks.
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I've been considering the pro runner up front on my truck... Would you say it's well worth it for these struts? I was also considering bilstein adjustable's set at zero lift with my 2.5 inch level spacer on top..
Procomp pro runners suck in IMO I'm having sagging issues! They won't warranty it
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I've been considering the pro runner up front on my truck... Would you say it's well worth it for these struts? I was also considering bilstein adjustable's set at zero lift with my 2.5 inch level spacer on top..

Waste of money...but it's your money...leave your spacer's on and buy a nice shock.
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Procomp pro runners suck in IMO I'm having sagging issues! They won't warranty it
Yeah, I've been hearing that, and they are too rough from what I read... I might pass on these.... The price is nice on them, but the reviews are not.
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I have the pro runners and im not seeing any issues compared to what alot of other people are saying. The ride is stiffer, but thats what i expected. I wouldnt go as far as to call it "rough". We'll see how they do through the winter. Im not dissapointed with them currently. They keep the tire on the road and you can definitaly feel that.
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Procomp pro runners suck in IMO I'm having sagging issues! They won't warranty it
Is it pro comp who wont warranty it or the dealer you bought from? I had procomps on the back of my jeep and blew one wheeling about 2 montha later and the dealer replaced it no hassle
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Procomp pro runners suck in IMO I'm having sagging issues! They won't warranty it
I dont see how sagging is caused by the shock? The spring is what holds up the weight of the truck, The shock is simply there to keep the spring from "bouncing" up and down. Its more of a spring stabilizer that keeps the tire on the road. I would look at your coil over to see if that is the actual problem.
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Is it pro comp who wont warranty it or the dealer you bought from? I had procomps on the back of my jeep and blew one wheeling about 2 montha later and the dealer replaced it no hassle
I'm running those on a stock setting with my spacers. The way the perch is it actually lowered my truck, procomp said that it voided my warranty because it's not designed to be ran with other kits. I said WTF do they have settings for then. I'm throwing them in the trash probably today !
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I dont see how sagging is caused by the shock? The spring is what holds up the weight of the truck, The shock is simply there to keep the spring from "bouncing" up and down. Its more of a spring stabilizer that keeps the tire on the road. I would look at your coil over to see if that is the actual problem.
Yes I agree. If just learned that the "stock" perch weld is actually lower then let's say a OEM strut.
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How much lift can I expect on the f150 with the pro comps cranked right up? It claims up to 2.75" of lift at the highest setting...

The cheapest I've seen the bilsteins 5100 adjustable's for is $138 shipped each... I was thinking of holding out for Black Friday or cyber Monday to hopefully get an even better deal... The pro comps are $104 everywhere, but I would still like to read some good solid reviews on them... Any input from pro comp ss owners???
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Yes I agree. If just learned that the "stock" perch weld is actually lower then let's say a OEM strut.
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How much lift can I expect on the f150 with the pro comps cranked right up? It claims up to 2.75" of lift at the highest setting...

The cheapest I've seen the bilsteins 5100 adjustable's for is $138 shipped each... I was thinking of holding out for Black Friday or cyber Monday to hopefully get an even better deal... The pro comps are $104 everywhere, but I would still like to read some good solid reviews on them... Any input from pro comp ss owners???
Do not buy them.. Look at the reviews they ride ruff and they don't work with ur leveling kit, just get a normal stock sturt I'm switching mine out today!
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