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Old 28-10-2019, 09:47 AM
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I am thinking of ugrading the shock absorbers on my 2013 Nissan Navara. Should I consider getting Fox truck Shocks or just stick with Bilstein's HD shock absorbers?
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Old 29-10-2019, 11:53 AM
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It depends what you want to do with it.

I bought ARB's OME Nitrocharger Sports shocks for mine, and could have gone one better and bought ShockWerx shocks. I am, however, very happy with my OMEs.

If you are just staying on the road (loaded or not), any shock will do the job, a rebuildable one is better because it gives you longevity although I can't complain about the 200,000km I've gotten on my OMEs!

It's when you go on the rough stuff that they start to make a big difference. On rough terrain, a narrow shock will rapidly heat up, which will cause the valves to fail. Wider-bodied shocks have more oil in them, take longer to heat up and usually have a thicker (stronger) centre shaft.

Weight DOES play a factor in shocks, but it's the springs that hold up the weight, the shocks should really be called "motion dampeners". Heavier vehicles may benefit from different valving (and preferably not plastic!) but that's to handle the extra mass being slowed as it bounces, it's not to hold the vehicle up.
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Old 29-10-2019, 02:17 PM
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Should plastic valving be avoided at all costs?
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Old 29-10-2019, 09:28 PM
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For light applications plastic might be fine (bicycles, small motorcycles, small road-only cars), but for heavy weights (which create more force) or for rough terrain (which generate more rapid movement), plastics will end up being true to name - the word "plastic" means "flexible". Some plastics - thermosetting plastics in particular - do harden fully, but they are brittle (eg Bakelite).

You could use plastic bushing - although in rugged terrain, the rapid movement - which quickly forces oil through the valving, creating a lot of heat - even plastic bushing might suffer.

It does depend on the application. For my Navara, I chose OME Nitrocharger Sports shocks, but I'd also use Shockwerx in a heartbeat.
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Old 30-10-2019, 11:58 PM
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Mate if you've got the coin, bilsteins really cant be beat
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