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I live in pot hole country, I have some cheap KYB shocks out back that I got for free and I am not very happy with them. I'm running cargo springs out back because I use this thing as a truck and I swapped the Monroe air shocks for the KYB and it helped a little. Would the high dollar Bilstein shocks help soften up the ride a little or am I better off with something else?
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I have a 79, We put in the kyb Gas adjust. We like the way it rides. Altho it would be better once we get all the body bushings replaced...

I know the blisteins are typically more expensive, I have never used them. Good luck on your search

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Mine rode like a dream with Bilsteins, but then again I also had stock springs.
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I like Bilsteins too...
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Cool KYB's....

...should do the job? The Cargo springs may be the problem! Nothing wrong with Blisteins for the money!
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Go with coilovers if your wallet can handle it you get the best of both worlds and better plus you can adjust the altitude at anytime. QA1, viking, and spohn make one. spohn uses QA1 shocks. I went with spohn in the rear because they had the correct upper mount for my 4th gen and Qa1 up front. Granted this will cost 10x more than what a stock setup costs. Oringinally I had just the Monroe air adjust shocks stock springs and it was just fine without a rear sway bar
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I would use what many others, me included, use. The cargo springs are fine.. add some Air-lift bags in the springs and some Gas Adjust KYB's. You keep 5-10 lbs if air in the bags and it helps support what you carry and the KBY's take care of the dampening.
Those members that have this set-up.. please chime in. Also, add a rear sway bar if you can, it helps towing when to take turns as well.
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I have coupe rear springs which drop the rear about an inch or so. Delco gas shocks, Air Lift bags and 1" rear sway bar. When carrying a load I air up the bags. Normally i run about 5 psi in the bags.
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I would use what many others, me included, use. The cargo springs are fine.. add some Air-lift bags in the springs and some Gas Adjust KYB's. You keep 5-10 lbs if air in the bags and it helps support what you carry and the KBY's take care of the dampening.
Those members that have this set-up.. please chime in. Also, add a rear sway bar if you can, it helps towing when to take turns as well.
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I live in pot hole country, I have some cheap KYB shocks out back that I got for free and I am not very happy with them. I'm running cargo springs out back because I use this thing as a truck and I swapped the Monroe air shocks for the KYB and it helped a little. Would the high dollar Bilstein shocks help soften up the ride a little or am I better off with something else?
Cargo springs have higher rates kind of like higher spring rates used in handling applications.

When you raise spring rates you need shocks that have higher rebound rates to handle the stored energy that the higher rated spring exert on rebound.

Most people think the compression is too stiff when they get a harsh ride from higher spring rates but it's actually the rebound that is the issue causing it.

Billstein shocks are probably the best over the counter shocks as far as the rebound curve goes.

Just remember the shocks are like the heartbeat of the suspension and you usually get what you pay for.

We have a manufacture custom build shocks for us to handle modern day spring rates...it makes a world of difference when you have the right shocks.
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I have coupe rear springs which drop the rear about an inch or so. Delco gas shocks, Air Lift bags and 1" rear sway bar. When carrying a load I air up the bags. Normally i run about 5 psi in the bags.
When you air up the bags does it lift the rear a little? My air shocks can lift the back an inch to an inch and a half.

By the way I screened shot this setup cause it sounds like a winner. I have 2 inch drop springs in the rear.
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Kevin.. adding air to the bags does raise the rear a little.. maybe an inch on my 87. The nothing real noticeable like the air shocks it makes for a more stable ride AND concentrate the load on the axles and not the shock bolt.. to me that's poor engineering from GM..
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It does raise the back up an inch or so. I use them just for heavy loads which is once or twice every couple years. I have Delco Gas shocks which I'm considering replacing with Bilsteins or Konis.
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Does anyone one suggest any particular brand of air bags?
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