Stiff suspension after replacing shocks/struts

  • 5.4L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 130,000 MILES
I'm on my third set of shocks and struts. One, to stay ahead of them failing, two, and more importantly is I don't like surprises on longs family hauls with luggage and a cargo basket attached to the trailer hitch.

So, I replaced all four corners of the Expy with what I thought was OEM from Ford. Com using my VIN as a source for the proper parts.

After installing all four corners, I took my vehicle out for what I thought would be a standard test drive to make sure I had to creeks and rattles. Well, the suspension felt like I'd just installed a lowering kit for a low rider with absolutely no give as the former very comfortable, compliant ride I'd been accustomed to for the past 10+ years for so.

I chalked it up to a new setup that with some miles it would soften up. It's been 18 months and I still find myself cringing when approaching a bump or imperfection in the road as my 5-ton Expy hits the imperfection and it's felt throughout the entire cabin. Worse is the absolutely stiff unforgiving bump of the rear end where there's no substantial weight to at least counteract the bounce as the front end with the heavy engine.

I'm now afraid of going back to ford. Com and ordering another set for all four corners and have the same issues after handing over $900.00+ again.

any suggestions?
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Sunday, March 7th, 2021 AT 5:28 AM

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Hello, I'm Danny.

Sorry to hear this. What type-brand of struts and shocks were installed? MotorCraft (Ford) original? I personally when it comes to the trucks I own use the brand Bilstein shocks. They are excellent for towing, hauling, and 4x4 use. They are a little more in price but well worth it. I've experimented on my 1997 Chevrolet K1500 with many different shocks and the Bilstein 5100 series are by far the best. I've attached a picture below of what they look like from 4WheelParts. Com. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any further questions on this issue. Thanks for using 2CarPros.
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Sunday, March 7th, 2021 AT 2:50 PM

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