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Rear shocks - advice

Postby Northeast2016 - December 26th, 2016, 11:59 pm

Hi folks, looking to replace my 2011 escapes rear shocks in the future. Has about 80k on it now and has had hard driving on tough New England roads , city driving pot holes etc. I'm wondering I should stay with the motorcraft brand or look into something else . Nothing extreme, but maybe something that's similar to oem but with a more noticeable smoother ride? Any advice would be great. I'm hoping once I do this change , the knocking noise will go away every time I go over a bump on the back passenger side ;)
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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby MTNEscaped - December 27th, 2016, 5:11 pm

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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby 14theRoad - December 28th, 2016, 12:48 pm

A lot of people including myself have installed KYB brand shocks/struts and are happy with them. Another brand that is gaining popularity is Sensen. I don't have any personal experience with that brand though.

Most, including myself have shied away from Gabriel and Monroe over the years. Their quality and value doesn't seem to be as good as it used to be.
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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby DarthR8er - December 28th, 2016, 3:47 pm

I'm in the process of upgrading the struts & shocks of the Tribby myself. I purchased KYB instead of Motorcraft. I'll also be replacing the tie rods (Moog), control arms (Moog), and sway bar links (OEM) since everything will already be taken apart. I already have everything ready to go, just waiting to get some free time to start the installation.

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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby Northeast2016 - December 28th, 2016, 4:03 pm

Thanks for the advice so far, good stuff. As far as installing the KYB shocks, is it as similar to installing the OEM ones? This will be my first time doing this. Just wondering if anything will throw me a curve ball as far as extra nuts and bolts goes. 2 more things...What are the advantages/disadvantages of gas shocks-Ok for a cold climate? And are they black in color? I wouldn't go for anything to bright lol. Thanks all.

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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby DarthR8er - December 28th, 2016, 4:15 pm

Everything should go in the exact same way as the way it comes out. Just use extra caution when compressing the springs, unless you purchased struts that already come with new springs installed. As far as the advantages and disadvantages of gas shocks, I wouldn't have the slightest clue.

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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby Escape94 - December 29th, 2016, 2:44 pm

KYB, Koni or Rancho would be a wise choice. There's at least 2 threads where the Rancho's have been installed. Those being the most heavy duty.
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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby underthetire - December 31st, 2016, 2:40 pm

I have kyb in the back and Sensen quick struts up front. The sensens seem OK, but I am now getting a groaning in cold weather from them. Lifetime warranty I need to see if they will honor. I've had sensens on my miata without any issues. I will say if you replace the rears with KYB you will soon do the front, I replaced the rears first and quickly realized now that the back was stiffer, it exaggerated the weak factory fronts.

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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby AmericanPatriot76 - January 2nd, 2017, 4:08 am

I put about 5k miles on my Gabriel gas shocks before I gave the E back to my folks. They seemed to be of excellent quality. Install was easy and the ride quality improved greatly. Probably at about 7-8k now and the shocks seem to be holding up great. I'm just one experience with them though.
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Re: Rear shocks - advice

Postby Sevencycle - February 16th, 2017, 6:55 am

The last time I installed kyb's was in my 4runner. They were under extreme pressure and you had to make sure you were lined up, pull the string and the shaft shot rigbt up into the top mount. I would never buy Sensen. Chinese junk. Go w name brand quality stuff if you have the money.
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