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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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.