Shock Selection and Installation Done Right!

If you’re an off-roading enthusiast or depend on your truck to carry out heavy-duty work, you know your vehicle’s shock absorbers are some of the most important elements to upgrade to achieve the optimal driving experience. Sure, your ride may look awesome with those big tires and that lift kit, but if you don’t have the right shocks, you’re not only selling yourself short, but also opening yourself up to high potential repair costs.

Shocks oftentimes fail to receive the consideration they need, but at Truck Works, we like to ensure people know about shocks’ importance by educating everyone from the newbie to the seasoned veteran. We also handle the entire shock-installation process! To learn more about shocks, their functions and the different types, we encourage you to call our knowledgeable team today at (816) 842-4222 or contact us here. Better yet, read the information we’ve provided below.

A Deeper Look into Shocks

In case you were wondering, your shocks (also called struts) are a part of your vehicle’s suspension that operates in tandem with your springs and other vehicular elements to lessen the force, or shock, and shaking experienced while driving. Shocks also ensure your ride’s tires touch the ground’s surface at all times. Without shocks, your suspension would wear out at a rapid pace, and all those dips and bumps you drive over would be magnified.

If you plan to go off-roading, racing or engage in any other activities that involve driving over uneven terrain, you’d be wise to upgrade your shocks to avoid damage to your suspension, tires and wheels. Further, upgrading your vehicle’s shocks can offer other benefits, including:

  • Enhanced control
  • An overall smoother ride
  • Improved performance

If you’d like to learn more about shocks and when to upgrade them, give our professional team a call at (816) 842-4222.

Types of Shocks

There are many different types of shock absorbers to choose from out there. Below, we focus on the most common types of shocks and discuss their implications for off-roading.

  • Monotube Shocks – Monotube shocks are designed to allow for cool operation temperatures and are great for racing and off-roading. Pressurized anywhere between 200 and 350 PSI, these types of shocks transfer nitrogen gas and hydraulic fluid into different chambers separated by a floating piston to keep foaming to a minimum. These shocks are commonly used for professional racing, off-roading and performance vehicles.
  • Twin Tube Shocks – Twin tube shocks have been the go-to option for years, as they offer factory-style design and cost-effectiveness. This type of shock absorber utilizes nitrogen gas and hydraulic oil. More specifically, the oil serves to lighten shock while the nitrogen gas, which is pressurized at 100 PSI or lower, helps counter liquid foaming. Further, twin tube shocks are great for mild and infrequent off-roading.
  • Reservoir Shocks – Reservoir shocks provide decreased cavitation and increased cooling capacity, thanks to a built-in fluid reservoir. These types of shocks offer optimal performance for longer periods of time and are sure to make a statement with their dual shock-mount style.

Two Common Misunderstandings About Shocks

As you know, your vehicle’s shocks dampen overall vibration and impact while driving. However, there are some common misconceptions people make about shocks: 

  1. Pricier Shocks Equal Better Shocks – Just because you shell out top dollar for the “best” shocks on the market doesn’t mean they will equip your vehicle for a smoother, less-turbulent driving experience; it all depends on what your goals are and over what terrains you plan on driving.
  2. “Good” Shocks Will Perform Well Everywhere – “Good” shocks and their performance is dependent upon a number of factors, one of the most important being the environment in which you plan to drive. For example, shocks that do well in a highway environment will not (necessarily) do well in an off-road environment (and vice versa).

To combat these common misunderstandings about shocks, the professionals here at Truck Works recommend considering the environments you’ll be driving your vehicle in the most often and then purchasing a set of shocks based on that. If you need help deciding what set of shocks is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 


Reach Out to Truck Works for Assistance with Shocks

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your shocks or just need some additional information about the right kind of shocks for your ride, the professional, licensed team here at Truck Works is ready and able to assist you in any way we can. We also install every set set of shocks that are purchased at Truck Works. Just call us at (816) 842-4222, or contact us here!