Best Shocks for Silverado 1500 4×4: List of Top-Rated in 2018!

Shocks for Silverado 1500 4x4
Written by Ken Coul

Hi everyone, I’m Ken Coul and its time to discuss shock absorbers for your Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD vehicles. Before we dive into the list of the best 10 shock absorbers for this application, I just want to remind you of the shock absorber facts, and not fiction.

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

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1. Bilstein 4600 Series Shock Absorbers w/Front Shocks 24-065009 & Rear Shocks 24-029056 1. Bilstein 4600 Series Shock Absorbers w/Front Shocks 24-065009 & Rear Shocks 24-029056 This is the Bilstein 4600 Series Shock Absorbers set with front and rear shocks

  • Bilstein Mono-tube Gas Shock Construction

  • Corrosion Resistant Zinc Finish

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2. Bilstein 5100 Front 0-2.52. Bilstein 5100 Front 0-2.5", Rear 0-1" Lift Shocks KitThis is the Bilstein 5100 Front 0-2.5", Rear 0-1" Lift Shocks Kit

  • Bilstein Mono-tube Gas Shock Construction

  • Corrosion Resistant Zinc Finish

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3. Rancho RS9000XL Adj Shock Rear Pair 99-06 Silverado 1500 4WD w/2-43. Rancho RS9000XL Adj Shock Rear Pair 99-06 Silverado 1500 4WD w/2-4" LiftThis is the Rancho RS9000XL Adj Shock Rear Pair

  • Twin tube nitrogen gas charged design

  • 9-position tuning technology

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4. Fox 2.0 Performance Shock + Roost Shield Rear Pair4. Fox 2.0 Performance Shock + Roost Shield Rear PairThis is the Fox 2.0 Performance Shock + Roost Shield Rear Pair

  • 2 roost shields

  • 2” seamless aluminum alloy body

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5. King Shocks 25001-154 Performance Shock Kit5. King Shocks 25001-154 Performance Shock KitThis is the King Shocks 25001-154 Performance Shock Kit

  • Lightweight Hard Anodized 6063 Aluminum Alloy Reservoirs

  • Precision bored shock cylinders to within /- .001

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6. Fabtech® FTS21181 - 46. Fabtech® FTS21181 - 4" Dirt Logic 2.5 Front Lift CoiloverThis is the Fabtech® FTS21181 - 4" Dirt Logic 2.5 Front Lift Coilover

  • Stainless Steel body

  • 7/8″ NitroSteel® Black Piston Rod

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7. Rough Country Front Adjustable Vertex Coilovers7. Rough Country Front Adjustable Vertex CoiloversThis is the Rough Country Front Adjustable Vertex Coilovers

  • 8-Stage adjustable damping feature

  • Heat-treated steel alloy bearing

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8. Rough Country Rear Adjustable Vertex Shocks for Lifted 07-18 Silverado/Sierra8. Rough Country Rear Adjustable Vertex Shocks for Lifted 07-18 Silverado/SierraThis is the Rough Country Rear Adjustable Vertex Shocks

  • 8-Stage adjustable damping

  • Designed for models with a 5” to 7.5” lift

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9. aFe Power 501-5600-01 Control Sway-A-Way 2.59. aFe Power 501-5600-01 Control Sway-A-Way 2.5" Front Coilover KitThis is the aFe Power 501-5600-01 Control Sway-A-Way 2.5" Front Coilover

  • Internal Floating Piston (IFP)

  • Teflon lined steel spherical bearings

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10. Fox 2.5 Factory Coil-Over Reservoir Front Pair 07-17 Silverado 150010. Fox 2.5 Factory Coil-Over Reservoir Front Pair 07-17 Silverado 1500This is the Fox 2.5 Factory Coil-Over Reservoir #880-02-525

  • Adjustable, locking preload rings

  • Nitrile rubber isolator pads

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

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.
 

 

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

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.
 

 

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

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.

 

 

4. 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.

 

 

5. King Shocks 25001-154 Performance Shock Kit

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.

 

 

6. 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.

 

 

7. Rough Country Front Adjustable Vertex Coilovers

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.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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

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.
 

 

10. 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.