View Full Version : Any ideas how to tell if shocks are good.???

Arctic Wolf
05-07-2014, 06:08 AM
Ok so my new to me '96 Explorer needs shocks. Right now the head lights are pointed into the trees. Gonna go down to pick n pull soon and see what I can find. Any ideas as to how to tell if there good before I take my time pulling them? Need bigger tires too. These lil pizza cutters are ok but biggers always better.. Thanks in advance for your suggestions

05-07-2014, 06:42 AM
Bounce the truck if it keeps bouncing up and down after you stop pushing shocks are done

Arctic Wolf
05-07-2014, 08:33 AM
That's the way to tell if the truck is on its wheels. I should have said at the wreckers when there up on stands and the wheels are off. How do I tell?? Is there a way?? Sorry for any confusions.

05-07-2014, 12:14 PM
you sure your leaf springs aren't sagging?

Arctic Wolf
05-07-2014, 05:39 PM
Not positive no. But it's been into a mechanics for a safety. On the paper it says that there was something wrong with the shocks..

05-07-2014, 06:39 PM
Explorers are know for saggy ass , the leafs are usually to blame

05-07-2014, 09:16 PM
why would you waste your time buying old used crap shocks? If yours are shot chances are the ones the same age and mileage are gonna be too...
New shocks are cheap $50 and up

05-07-2014, 09:28 PM
And shocks don't support weight springs do

Arctic Wolf
05-08-2014, 01:58 AM
K... So how would I tell if my springs are shot? I mean other then the obvious bringing the truck into a spring shop??

Punk in Drublic
05-08-2014, 03:13 AM
Is your ass sagging.

Arctic Wolf
05-08-2014, 07:11 AM
Yeah I guess so. But that's what happens at my age. So is the ole ladys. As for the truck I'm assuming so. The head lights are pointing to the tree tops lol. I suppose the best way to find out is fix the. Cheapest first then work at the springs .

Punk in Drublic
05-08-2014, 07:36 AM
add a leaf will help ya out for now and then when you can replace the springs just keep the add a leaf and add it to the upgraded springs. cheap and easy. but the spring pack in those trucks was insufficient from the get go.

dirka dave
05-08-2014, 10:26 AM
Get chopstick to sit in the truck.

If it sags out then you need overloads.


Arctic Wolf
05-08-2014, 12:54 PM
Ok. Thank you. I'll go see how much an over load spring is worth while I'm in AB probably be cheaper. I don't know the fella yet Dirka. Kinda hoping to get in with the stock run on the 7th maybe meet some new ppl. :)