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I have a 2004 Cadillac Escalade 2WD V8 5.3L (215K miles). I'm looking at replacing the front shocks myself, and was wondering how to intelligently select a good replacement for them?

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  • You will probably want to rephrase the question around "how to select a replacement" rather than "which should I buy." Why not use OEM parts?
    – Sam Basso
    Apr 9, 2018 at 17:14
  • If you're replacing them yourself you're likely best off going with a "complete assembly" rather than having to deal with a spring compressor etc. Providing your time is worth more than money.
    – NitrusInc
    Apr 10, 2018 at 13:58

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That question is rather subjective, but I'll give an opinion on a set of shocks that I have used.

I own a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban RWD and purchased Monroe 911505 Reflex Monotube Shock Absorbers. Obviously you'll want to double check that they'll fit, but I would imagine they do. It'll mainly depend on whether you have electronic suspension or not.

Granted, I purchased the vehicle with about 140k miles on it, so I can't really give an opinion on a comparison between brand new OEM and aftermarket. However, I can say that the difference between the OEM with 140k on them and the Monroes is night and day. I can almost guarantee that it'll make it ride like a Cadillac... Ha. Monroe has been around for quite a long time, with a reputable name for the most part, and the price isn't a killer either.

So in case you hadn't come across those yet, I would add them to your list of possibilities. Good luck.

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    Bent plastic would probably out-perform shocks at 140k...
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 9, 2018 at 18:34
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    Funny guy. :p I've had shocks last almost 200k. Replaced them and had almost no difference from old to new. Maybe that was an outlier, but it showed me that it's possible. Shocking... Apr 9, 2018 at 19:07
  • @TravisThomas Shocks are funny that way, I have had them go out at 40K or less and others go for the life of the vehicle. I suppose it has to do with road conditions in the area it is driven.
    – Moab
    Apr 9, 2018 at 19:12
  • @Moab Agreed. I'm sure there are too many factors to even try to consider. Luck of the draw (quality control) very well may be a considerable part of it, too. Apr 9, 2018 at 19:30

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