Hi everyone, it’s time to discuss shock absorbers for your Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD. So, let’s get into my top recommendations for shock absorbers!

[If you’re looking for the Best Shocks for Silverado 1500 2WD, we’ve got you covered.]

The 5 Best Shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4:

  1. Bilstein B8 5100 Shock Absorber – the best shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4
  2. Skyjacker Black Max Shocks
  3. Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
  4. Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts
  5. Gabriel Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly

Top-Rated Shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4 List:

Preview
Upgrade over stock
Bilstein (24-186643) 5100 Series Shock Absorber,Silver
For the lifted trucks
Skyjacker B8517 Black MAX Shock Absorber with Black Boot
For a consistent ride height
Monroe 58637 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
One-stop shock
Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts Absorber Compatible with Silverado, Sierra 1500 HD 01-07 Replacement for Silverado Sierra 2500 HD 99-10 Shock Set 344383 344385
The complete package
Gabriel G57000 Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly
Stock replacement
Gabriel 77803 MAX CONTROL Monotube Shock Absorber
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Bilstein (24-186643) 5100 Series Shock Absorber,Silver
Skyjacker B8517 Black MAX Shock Absorber with Black Boot
Monroe 58637 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts Absorber Compatible with Silverado, Sierra 1500 HD 01-07 Replacement for Silverado Sierra 2500 HD 99-10 Shock Set 344383 344385
Gabriel G57000 Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly
Gabriel 77803 MAX CONTROL Monotube Shock Absorber
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Compatibility
1999 - 2007
1999 - 2014
1999 - 2006
2001 - 2007 (Check with seller)
2007 - 2018
1999 - 2006
Warranty
Lifetime
Check with seller
Check with seller
Check with seller
Lifetime
Lifetime; check with seller
Full set or Individual units
Individual unit
Individual unit
Pair of two shocks
Full set
Individual
Individual
Upgrade over stock
Preview
Bilstein (24-186643) 5100 Series Shock Absorber,Silver
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Bilstein (24-186643) 5100 Series Shock Absorber,Silver
Our Rating
Prime
Compatibility
1999 - 2007
Warranty
Lifetime
Full set or Individual units
Individual unit
Details
For the lifted trucks
Preview
Skyjacker B8517 Black MAX Shock Absorber with Black Boot
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Skyjacker B8517 Black MAX Shock Absorber with Black Boot
Our Rating
Prime
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Compatibility
1999 - 2014
Warranty
Check with seller
Full set or Individual units
Individual unit
Details
For a consistent ride height
Preview
Monroe 58637 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
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Monroe 58637 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
Our Rating
Prime
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Compatibility
1999 - 2006
Warranty
Check with seller
Full set or Individual units
Pair of two shocks
Details
One-stop shock
Preview
Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts Absorber Compatible with Silverado, Sierra 1500 HD 01-07 Replacement for Silverado Sierra 2500 HD 99-10 Shock Set 344383 344385
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Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts Absorber Compatible with Silverado, Sierra 1500 HD 01-07 Replacement for Silverado Sierra 2500 HD 99-10 Shock Set 344383 344385
Our Rating
Prime
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Compatibility
2001 - 2007 (Check with seller)
Warranty
Check with seller
Full set or Individual units
Full set
Details
The complete package
Preview
Gabriel G57000 Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly
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Gabriel G57000 Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly
Our Rating
Prime
Compatibility
2007 - 2018
Warranty
Lifetime
Full set or Individual units
Individual
Details
Stock replacement
Preview
Gabriel 77803 MAX CONTROL Monotube Shock Absorber
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Gabriel 77803 MAX CONTROL Monotube Shock Absorber
Our Rating
Prime
Compatibility
1999 - 2006
Warranty
Lifetime; check with seller
Full set or Individual units
Individual
Details

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Shock absorbers come in three types; they include the standard tube and piston model, the strut design and the hybrid piston and strut design. Each design is totally different in operation, and function.

However, the bottom line is that they all perform the basic function of maintaining your tire’s tread on the surface of the road and this is to assure you control over your ride.

I always state to my customers that shocks are not suspension systems, this is actually true for the first two categories, however, if you want to dish out a bit more cash, you can invest in a hybrid system which has both shock and suspension applications combined.

OK, enough about this, I will conclude the review with a few words on the different types. Lets now look at the Best Shocks for Silverado 1500 and here are the ten leading models.

Best Shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4 Reviews:

1. Bilstein B8 5100 Shock Absorber – the best shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4

Bilstein is one of the most popular brands when it comes to factory fitments, but what makes the B8 shock absorber special is that it’s a bit more than just a stock replacement. It can be used with a lift kit and still offer a very good ride and handling.

Its monotube design means you’ll get consistent performance without the fear of the shock heating up. Its digressive valving is made in such a way that the shock responds to rapidly changing road surfaces easily. This means you can enjoy your truck equally on the road as well off it.

It’s available as an individual unit and is made to be used at the front. You can install this on your lifted Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4 as long as you’ve added up to 2 inches of lift. The compatible model years are 1999 to 2007. You can check with the seller about the warranty (the listing says Lifetime) and finer compatibility details.

2. Skyjacker Black Max Shocks

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Skyjacker B8517 Black MAX Shock Absorber with Black Boot
  • Advanced Foam-Cell Technology
  • Vehicle Specific Multi-Stage Valving
  • Increased Fluid Capacity for MAX Heat Dissipation
  • 362 Degree Arc Welded End Mounts and 180 Degree Directional Mounting
  • Twin Tube Construction with Chrome Plated Shaft

The Skyjacker Black Max shock absorber is available as an individual unit and promises improved performance at a price that’s economical for a good quality shock. It has a twin-tube construction and comes equipped with StableSteer valving that enables good road-holding but without neglecting the overall comfort.

It has a sintered piston, chrome-plated shaft, and heavy-duty compression head. It even boasts increased fuel capacity for better heat dissipation and an orifice control disk for comfort. On the outside, the shock absorber gets a black boot to ensure the internals don’t get affected by the dirt and grime. In addition to all that, the shock absorber is made to work with vehicles that have heights that range from stock to all the way up to 9 inches. In the case of Chevrolet Silverado, that’s up to 0 inches (stock height) to 3 inches of lift.

You’ll need to check with the seller about the warranty since the listing has no information. It’s compatible with Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4 trucks made with the model years 1999 – 2014. The shock absorber is made for use at the rear.

3. Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber

Monroe 58637 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
  • All Weather Fluid: Contains special modifiers to reduce friction and ensure smooth rod reaction
  • Full Displaced Valving: Tuned specifically for each application, this valving automatically adjusts to road extremes to provide consistency and ride
  • Fluon Banded Piston: The fluon band provides consistent sealing between the piston and pressure tube which delivers better control and increased durability
  • Made in China

The Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber is a pair of two shocks, available at competitive prices, and comes with the promise to offer good comfort and maintain the truck’s ride height even when loaded.

The Monroe Load Adjust Shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4 comes with all-weather fluid (for hassle-free year-long driving), a Fluon-banded piston (improved control and strength), and full-displaced valving (this helps the truck adapt to road conditions and offer consistent performance).

The Monroe shock comes with a dust shield, extended bumper stop, and has a travel length of 8.875 inches. A solid reason to buy this shock for your Silverado 1500 4×4 is that it promises to maintain the truck’s ride height even when an additional load of up 1100 pounds is loaded, making it the right choice if you carry cargo regularly or tow.

Check with the seller about the warranty and finer compatibility details. Monroe mentions that the shocks are made to be fitted on Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks (rear; model years 1999 – 2006).

4. Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts

Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts Absorber Compatible with Silverado, Sierra 1500 HD 01-07 Replacement for Silverado Sierra 2500 HD 99-10 Shock Set 344383 344385
  • Important Note: For the sake of safety, each pair of front OR rear shocks will be packed and shipped as an unique unit. Thus, if 2pcs purchaseed, there will be 1 package. If 4pcs purchased, there will be 2 packages and so on. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other concern
  • Maxorber Full Set Front& Rear Shocks Struts Absorber
  • Interchange/Cross Part Number:344383 344385
  • Shock Absorbers For Left H (Driver Side) and Right H (Passenger Side); Shock Absorbers only,not including springs or mounts.Chromed Piston Rod: suitable stiff dampening power for passenger cars. Shocks Struts replacement to restore your vehicle ride, handling and control performance
  • Premium Qualified Finish: rust protection; Nitrogen Gas charged: improved stopping,steering,stability.Japanese Made Oil Seals: no squeaking noise,long durability; Chromed Piston Rod: suitable stiff dampening power for passenger cars

The Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts is a cost-effective replacement, compatible with a variety of trucks including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4. The set includes four shocks — perfect for when you want to replace all the aging shocks on your truck and don’t want to be bothered by ordering individual products. And that’s before you look at its pocket-friendly price!

The nitrogen-gas charged shocks come equipped with Japanese oil seals that aid the product’s durability. It has a chromed piston rod that offers good damping. The entire shock has a premium finish, which takes care of rust protection as well. Its hydraulic fluid is bound to work well despite the weather, and the multi-stage hydraulic valves reduce fluid travel and hence keeping a check on aeration. 

The shock absorber set is compatible with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD made with the model years 2001 – 2007 but if you’re looking for the 4WD variants, then the list by Maxorber includes the 2001 – 2003 and 2005 – 2007 models. You must check with the seller about compatibility details and the warranty since no information about the latter is available in the listing.

5. Gabriel Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly

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Gabriel G57000 Ultra ReadyMount Loaded Strut Assembly
  • Orifice Disk with variable nine-stage valving provides consistent oil flow
  • G-Force technology for quicker response, improved product life, and consistent, reliable ride and control
  • Stable Steer valving provides response from all four corners for a stable, safe ride
  • G-Force piston is bonded iron construction for durability and longer life, along with the heavy duty compression head valve that withstands extreme impact
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

If you’re looking for a complete setup to install on your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4, the Gabriel Ultra ReadyMount deserves a look. The manufacturer promises that the ReadyMount boasts the perfect balance in performance, comfort, and safety.

It comes with an upper strut mount, bearing, strut bumper, strut boot, coil spring, spring isolator, and a MacPherson Strut/coil-over shock with spring seat. The ReadyMount has a super-finished chromed piston rod, a positive seal between the piston and cylinder, nine-stage valving, and nitrile rod guide O-ring.

It’s one of the more expensive options out there, but you’ll benefit from the easy installation and essentially new suspension components — and not only a new shock. The suspension travel is 4.76 inches, so keep that in mind because that will be crucial when you make that buying decision. It’s compatible with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4 made with the model years 2007 – 2018 and is backed by a lifetime warranty. You must check with the seller before purchasing if there’s any doubt about the compatibility or the warranty.

6. Gabriel Max Control Monotube Shock Absorber

Gabriel 77803 MAX CONTROL Monotube Shock Absorber
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Gabriel 77803 MAX CONTROL Monotube Shock Absorber
  • Performance designed Monotube for trucks, vans & SUVs, chromed rod
  • MaxComfort - Larger 1 13⁄16" (46mm) bore size allows the shock to react quicker to bumps and other road imperfections, creating the smoothest ride possible
  • MaxEndurance - Single-tube design and multi-stage sealing minimize chamber temperature and debris entry for longer-lasting performance
  • MaxPerformance - High-pressure nitrogen gas and floating piston technology allow the shock to immediately react to steering wheel movements, providing the ultimate in handling and performance
  • MaxSafety - Sensitivity and quick response time keep tires in contact with the road to maximize braking effectiveness, keeping you in control at all times

Made for trucks, vans, and SUVs, the Gabriel Max Control Monotube Shock Absorber is a cost-effective shock for the Chevrolet Silverado. It’s made for on-road use but doesn’t let control or ride quality take the back seat.

The shock, available as an individual unit, comes with a chrome piston rod that keeps corrosion at bay and ensures smooth operation. The monotube technology means the shock response to bumps with ease and in no time. The nitrogen-gas, large bore, and floating piston further add to that response as well. In addition to that, the shock has multi-stage sealing that means it’s bound to last long.

It’s compatible with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4 truck made with the model years 1999 – 2006 for use at the front. You can check with the seller if you have any doubts regarding the compatibility of the shocks. Gabriel mentions the shock’s warranty is valid for as long as it’s installed on the vehicle it was originally installed to but confirm that with the seller.

7. Monroe Reflex Light Truck Shock Absorber

Monroe 911533 Reflex Light Truck Shock Absorber
  • All Weather Fluid: Contains special modifiers to reduce friction and ensure smooth rod reaction
  • Hydraulic Lockout: Patented unique hydraulic lock-out isolates impact at the limits of suspension travel
  • High Pressure Nitrogen Gas Charged: High-pressure charge (240-260 PSI) provides a quicker response for excellent vehicle control
  • Made in China

The Monroe Reflex shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4 bring along some note-worthy features at a pocket-friendly price. Available as an individual unit, the shock promises to improve the truck’s driving dynamics and aid stability. 

The all-weather fluid means you can drive your truck all year long without having to worry about the shock’s responsiveness. Another thing backing that up is the high-pressure nitrogen-gas-charged construction, which enables the shock to respond quickly and efficiently.

The shock’s hydraulic lockout feature means even when the suspension is fully extended, the impact is isolated. Its Fluon banded piston has a hardened connecting rod, all enclosed within a high-strength shock housing. The shock is made to be used on the 2007 – 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (rear). Check with the seller about the warranty (said to be applicable for a lifetime as long as it’s fitted on the vehicle) and finer compatibility details.

8. Sensen Shocks Struts

2560 - SENSEN Shocks Struts, Full Set, 4 Pieces 4WD
  • Cross Reference Number: 341531, 342529, 61642, 61643, 77412, 77803, 81921, 81922, G63675, G63897, 344381, 344386, 565067, 565068, KG54327, KG5482, 32328, 32329, 34677, 34678, 37151, 37152, 911151, 911152

The Sensen Shocks are available as a set of four to save yourself the trouble of buying individual units. And given the cost at which this set retails, you’ll need to try really hard to ignore this option for your Silverado 1500 4×4.

The nitrogen-gas-charged shock has a twin-tube design, which helps it offer factory-like performance in both the ride and the handling department. The kit includes shocks for all four wheels, but keep in mind that there are no shock covers, top mount, bumper, coil spring, etc. This is only a set of shocks.

While you’ll need to get in touch with the seller about the warranty on Sensen shocks, you should confirm the finer compatibility details to ensure you get the product that’s made specifically for the Silverado model that you have. In terms of wider compatibility, the Sensen shocks set is made for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×4 trucks made with the model years 1999 – 2007.

9. Bilstein 4600 Series Shock Absorbers w/Front Shocks # 24-065009 & Rear Shocks # 24-029056

Bilstein 4600 Series Shock Absorbers For Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 4WD 1999-06 - Includes Front Shocks # 24-065009 & Rear Shocks # 24-029056
  • Includes front and rear 4600 Series Bilstein Shock Absorbers.
  • Fits stock height 1999-06 Chevy Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500 4WD.(Excludes electronic suspension)
  • Monotube gas pressure technology provides improved control and stability, precise handling, ultimate performance, and incredible comfort.
  • Easy to install; direct bolt-on; no modification required.
  • Lifetime Warranty

Bilstein is a fabricator of high-quality shock absorbers for just about every vehicle, and application there is. This kit includes their front #24-029056 and rear #24-065009 shocks that provide you with a perfect solution when integrated together in one active shock absorbing combination.

This shock kit gives you amazing on and off-road control, with a smooth ride and a continuous excellent performance. The shocks are a mono-tube gas-filled design with a self-adjusting digressive piston for faster reaction times and heat dissipation.

The front shock #24-065009 and rear shock #24-029056 are not extended for lifting; they are both a mono-high pressure nitrogen gas-filled tube design with a floating dividing and digressive piston that is a perfect solution for your heavy-duty towing and off-road driving needs. This valve comes with the classic Bilstein yellow and blue powder coated surface paint.

10. Bilstein 5100 Front 0-2.5″, Rear 0-1″ Lift Shocks Kit

Bilstein 5100 Front 2-2.5", Rear 0-1" Lift Shocks Kit for 99-10 Chevy Silverado 1500HD 2500 2500HD 3500 3500HD 2WD / 4WD 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Complete Set of 4 Shocks - 2 Front and 2 Rear (Does not work on Silverado 1500. Works on Silverado 1500HD only)
  • Front Height: 0-2.5" Lift, Rear Height: 0-1" Lift
  • Front Shocks: Extended: 11.3", Collapsed: 15.76"; Rear Shocks: Extended: 26.15", Collapsed: 16.14"
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This is yet another perfect example of high-quality engineering at work. The Bilstein 5100 front and rear kit provide you with their front 0” to 2 ½” lift and a rear shock that gives you 1” lift. When combined they provide some leveling.

The front shocks are 25.76” when fully extended and 11.3” when collapsed. The rear shocks are 26.15” when extended and 16.14” when collapsed. They both nitrogen gas filled monotube design, the rod diameter is 1.81,” and the mount style is an eyelet. They come with the standard Bilstein high-quality performance machining and include vulcanized neoprene rubber bushings with a floating self-adjusting digressive piston.

11. Rancho RS9000XL Adj Shock Rear Pair 99-06 Silverado 1500 4WD w/2-4″ Lift

Rancho RS9000XL Adj Shock Rear Compatible with 99-06 Silverado 1500 4WD w/2-4" Lift
  • Part Number RS999269
  • Rear pair of 2 shocks for vehicles w/4" rear lift; Excludes HD Models. w/RS6545 System
  • Fits 4WD vehicles
  • All necessary washers, bushings, and nuts included. Factory shock mounting bolts are reused for installation.
  • Rancho's limited lifetime warranty protects against defects and premature failure. Rancho's 90 day ride guarantee covers RS5000X, RS7000MT, and RS9000XL shocks.

The Rancho RS9000XL rear pair of shocks are fabricated with both style and reliability in mind. Let’s take a closer look at what this shock provides:

  • Large, 2.75-in. (70mm) the tri-tube body which increases fluid capacity leading to a cooler operation.
  • Large, heavy-duty 18mm Nitro-Carb rod which prevents scuffing resistance and promotes corrosion protection.
  • 9-position tuning technology that delivers 9 incremental steps of differing flexibility, starting with OE style and reaching firm towing levels.
  • A nitrogen filled mono-tube that reduces the air-to-oil mixture, reducing foaming and other shock-related
  • A Graphite-filled, Fluon banded piston that delivers smoother piston travel while providing better
  • 1-1/4”. Diameter Sintered Iron piston that provides structural integrity.
  • A Rebound Bumper that helps in controlling the rebound motion while traversing rough surfaces.
  • Low-Friction, self-lubricating seal that prevents dirt and debris pollution.
  • A Liquid metallic finish with a protective boot.

12. Fox 2.0 Performance Shock + Roost Shield Rear Pair

The Fox rear pair of shocks give you an additional 0” to 1” lift and is easy to install. These are monotube gas filled 2” aluminum alloy shocks that are designed to provide a corrosion free performance with their extra light seamless aluminum body.

These shocks provide the following specifications and features:

  • The body is a 2.0″ metal-impacted 6061-T6 aluminum.
  • The body plating is a clear anodized finish that prevents oxidization.
  • The internal IFP reservoir design assures total separation of the nitrogen gas from the oil.
  • The internal components are made of black-anodized, CNC-machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum.
  • The piston shaft is a chrome plated heat-treated alloy steel with a 5/8” diameter
  • The bushings are made of nitrile rubber.
  • The piston is a high-flow race design machined for faster reaction and better rough surface performance.
  • This kit also comes with a rooster shield kit that attaches securely to the shock, providing extra protection.

13. King Shocks 25001-154 Performance Shock Kit

King Shocks 25001-154 Performance Shock Kit Performance Shock Kit
  • Comes with full manufacturer warranty
  • Fits multiple makes and models (contact seller with your vehicle for fitment compatibility information)

When it comes to OEM performance shocks then the King Shocks® #25001-154 are the ones you want to install on your truck. These are non-adjustable shocks engineered to provide the best performance levels without changing the dynamics of your vehicles original application.

These shocks include the following specifications and features:

  • The body is made of 2.5″ Shock cylinders which are precision bored to within +/- .001, to improve their performance they are plated with cadmium for an optimized valving function.
  • The piggyback reservoir is made from  that is both lightweight and strong, giving the nitrogen gas charge a better heat dissipation property.
  • The wide diameter shafts provide you with a 100,000lbs/sq. Inch minimum tensile strength. Added to that is a chromed micro-polished finish for extended seal life. The rod end is lined with Teflon coated steel bearings.
  • The pistons compressed length is 63” and extended length is 24.56” with an overall stroke length of 8.93”.
  • These shocks come with Aeroquip high-pressure hoses and an internally threaded top cap designed to provide maximum piston travel in the shock body.
  • These coil-over shocks come with a truncated thread that delivers incredible strength while providing easy spring preload and height adjustment properties.
  • The pinch bolt coil adjuster nut gives you an improved clamping force.
  • The Rulon composite wear bands composite delivers optimized wear resistance.

14. Fabtech® FTS21181 – 4″ Dirt Logic 2.5 Front Lift Coilover

Dirt Logic 2.5 Front Lift Coilover with 4″ Front Lift Height (FTS21181) by Fabtech® is a complete hybrid shock and suspension system. These strong beasts of burden provide you with a comprehensive solution to all your off-road and on-road requirements.

The basic specifications include:

  • Stainless Steel body 2.50″ OD
  • Billet Aluminum Piston 2.25″ OD
  • NitroSteel® Black Piston Rod 7/8″
  • Adjustable Coilover Construction
  • Spherical Ball Mounting Ends 5/8″
  • Optional Aluminum Reservoir w/-8 Stainless Steel O-ring Hose 2.5″ OD

Now let’s take a closer look at these amazing shocks. They are monotube gas charged design for a 4” lift kit application.  The body is made of stainless steel for extra strength, performance and corrosion resistance and the piston is made from a precision machined aluminum alloy billet.

15. Rough Country Front Adjustable Vertex Coilovers

Rough Country Front Vertex Adjustable Strut Coilovers (fits) 2007-2018 Chevy Silverado GMC Sierra 1500 | 6-7.5" | 689001
  • The pinnacle of off-road performance and smooth ride quality has arrived 2.5 Vertex 8-Stage Adjustable Reservoir Coilovers
  • Monotube Design. Nitrogen-Charged. Remote Reservoir with Steel Braided Reservoir Line.
  • Massive 2" Piston. 22mm Chrome Hardened Piston Rod. 3 Stage Seal System. Heat Treated , Alloy Bearing.
  • Mono Tube Desing, Zinc Plate Finish, CNC Billet Aluminum Accents, Honed Steel Body
  • Backed by Rough Country's 3 Year Warranty

Rough Country’s Nitrogen-charged Vertex Front Shocks is a monotube shock design with an external reservoir. This design is proven to provide extra oil capacity and improves damping sensitivity. This is a monotube with nitrogen gas filled shock, and an oil reservoir connected with a steel braided line.

These shocks come with 2.5” diameter piston with a 22mm piston rod made from chrome alloy steel. The 2.5” design provides 56% better fluid capacity than a standard 2” design.

The main features of these shocks are:

  • The extended rod length is 95” and the collapsed length is 20.59” which provides a 4” extension.
  • An 8-Stage adjustable damping feature for different applications.
  • The 3-Stage seal system is designed to prevent any oil-air-gas mixing or loss of pressure.
  • The bearing is made of a heat-treated steel alloy for a smoother operation.
  • The steel body combined with the aluminum alloy accents are finished off with zinc plated for extra corrosion resistance.

16. Rough Country Rear Adjustable Vertex Shocks for Lifted 07-18 Silverado/Sierra

Rough Country Rear Vertex Adjustable Shock Absorbers (fits) 07-20 Chevy Silverado GMC Sierra 1500 | 5-7.5" Lifts |699001
  • The pinnacle of off-road performance and smooth ride quality has arrived 2.5 Vertex 8-Stage Adjustable Reservoir Shocks
  • Monotube Design. Nitrogen-Charged. Remote Reservoir with Steel Braided Reservoir Line.
  • Massive 2" Piston. 22mm Chrome Hardened Piston Rod. 3 Stage Seal System. Heat Treated , Alloy Bearing.
  • Mono Tube Desing, Zinc Plate Finish, CNC Billet Aluminum Accents, Honed Steel Body
  • Backed by Rough Country's 3 Year Warranty

Rough Country’s Nitrogen-charged Vertex Rear Shocks is a monotube shock design with an external reservoir. This design is proven to provide extra oil capacity and improves damping sensitivity. This is a monotube with nitrogen gas filled shock, and an oil reservoir connected with a steel braided line.

These shocks come with 2.5” diameter piston with a 22mm piston rod made from chrome alloy steel. The 2.5” design provides 56% better fluid capacity than a standard 2” design.

The main features of these shocks are:

  • The extended rod length is 07” and the collapsed length is 19.92” which provides a 13.15” extension.
  • Designed for models with a 5” to 7.5” lift.
  • An 8-Stage adjustable damping feature for different applications.
  • The 3-Stage seal system is designed to prevent any oil-air-gas mixing or loss of pressure.
  • The bearing is made of a heat-treated steel alloy for a smoother operation.
  • The steel body combined with the aluminum alloy accents are finished off with zinc plated for extra corrosion resistance.
  • These shocks all passed a >400-hour salt water spray test.

17. aFe Power 501-5600-01 Control Sway-A-Way 2.5″ Front Coilover Kit

aFe Power 501-5600-01 Control Sway-A-Way 2.5" Front Coil Over Kit
  • 5/8" Polished Nitro Steel shafts for strength and durability
  • CNC machined components are made to the strictest tolerances
  • Multi-Seal carrier to ensure zero leakage
  • Internal Floating Piston (IFP) for simple installation
  • Completely adjustable and rebuild able using simple tools

The aFe Power 501-5600-01 Control Sway-A-Way kit brings you a 7/8″ Polished Nitro Steel shaft that provides extra strength and durability combined with their Teflon lined steel spherical bearings for durability and smoother operation.

The aFe fabrication process includes a proprietary Multi-Seal carrier that is designed and integrated for zero leakage, a d their Internal Floating Piston (IFP) leads to a much easier and faster installation

The shock oil is also adjusted for optimized performance and is a synthetic 7wt.

These shocks come with a direct fit design which means you can install them immediately without making any modifications.

18. Fox 2.5 Factory Coil-Over Reservoir Front Pair 07-17 Silverado 1500

Where do I start with these FOX 2.5 Factory Series Coil-Over IFP Reservoir Shocks? They are the product of experience and design and combine all the elements of strength, durability with style and finish.

Let’s just dive right into the details, they speak for themselves:

  • These shocks come with 7/8″ 17-4 H900 hard-chromed stainless-steel shaft which is perhaps the most rugged of all the shocks on the aftermarket for this application.
  • These are 2.5” seamless aluminum alloy shock bodies plated with zinc for extra protection.
  • They use an external reservoir design to separate the oil from the nitrogen; this also provides a larger capacity bearing specification that delivers an optimized cooling feature.
  • They come with an ORB O-Ring port, the only chocks that do, and this gives an additional seal to the reservoir
  • The 3.0 Eibach racing spring is vehicle specific, so you gain an efficient, optimized
  • They come with an adjustable locking preload ring and with nitrile rubber isolator pads
  • The large-diameter spherical bearing was added to optimize steering quality and control.
  • Obviously, they come with IFP (Internal Floating Piston) that delivers more efficient damping by isolating the shock oil from the nitrogen.

What are Shock Absorbers?

As promised, here is a quick review of the different categories.

Conventional telescopic shock absorbers; these are gas and oil filled pistons that have an extension capacity defined by the application. They are not for the suspension, only work as shock absorbers.

Strut type shock absorbers: these are suspension-based piston shock absorbers that provide shock absorption properties with some suspension relief.

Spring seat shocks:  these are the most expensive models, they are a combination of a strut-type with a heavy-duty spring and are meant to be a complete suspension and shock absorption system.