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Best rear shocks
« on: July 2, 2019, 12:42:56 PM »

Year 2012 and have used my truck to tow alot.  I have noticed the last few months the back end is a bit more floaty then it used to be.  And I have the orginal shocks on the truck.

I have had no issue with them over the years, and got a price for replacement ones at the dealership.

But if I am going to replace, what are some good after market ones that are as good or better then the OEM one

I got quoted $169 a piece (Canadian) for them
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #1 on: July 2, 2019, 18:34:18 PM »

I think you will like Bilstein 5100
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #2 on: July 2, 2019, 22:46:21 PM »

I agree, Bilstein is the best way to go!  :thumbsup:

If that doesn't help you might want to consider heavy duty sway bars, springs, and to check your tongue weight load when you tow.
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #3 on: July 3, 2019, 07:31:37 AM »

I agree, Bilstein is the best way to go!  :thumbsup:

If that doesn't help you might want to consider heavy duty sway bars, springs, and to check your tongue weight load when you tow.

Thanks for the info.   As for the later thats fine, havent had that for the last 7 years and had no issue.   This "bounce" is just from everyday driving.

Dont tow as much either now.  Moved back to the city so no more water trailer, and we are selling our camper as well.

So officially its a commuter truck now.   

The Bilstein site shows two for 5100   I assume front and rear (as labeled)    Just making sure these are the ones owners recommend

 B8 5100 Series 0-1" Lift Rear (24-187237)  and  B8 5100 Series Height Adj 0-1.75" Front (24-186940)

As well, should a person replace all 4 at the same time?
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #4 on: July 3, 2019, 08:01:04 AM »

Yes you should replace all 4
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #5 on: July 3, 2019, 08:21:13 AM »

Yes you should replace all 4

I thought so, same wear and tear on the front.

Been on the site since I got my truck, and I see some people have leveled their trucks, since we know the Avy sits high in the back.  I assume this is just more than different shocks to accomplish this

As well, I like to do things myself (to a point)   Are these fairly easy to do, just unbolt and bolt back on.
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #6 on: July 3, 2019, 12:34:36 PM »

You can level the front up to 1.75" with those 5100s and nothing else.  More info on that here:
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?topic=146729.0

The rear shocks are an easy DIY, but for the fronts you will need coil spring compressors.  You'll want an alignment anyway after replacing the fronts, so you may consider having a shop do the install on the front too. 
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #7 on: July 3, 2019, 13:55:23 PM »

You can level the front up to 1.75" with those 5100s and nothing else.  More info on that here:
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?topic=146729.0

The rear shocks are an easy DIY, but for the fronts you will need coil spring compressors.  You'll want an alignment anyway after replacing the fronts, so you may consider having a shop do the install on the front too.

Yep from what you said, the shop it will be.  Im not compressing any springs.  Ill ask as well about the leveling when they do the alignment
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #8 on: July 5, 2019, 12:46:56 PM »

So where in Canada is the best price for these.   Best I can find is here   Rears are $129 each and the fronts are $175 each, all free shipping

http://www.bilsteincanada.com/index.php?cPath=306_8675_15521_15834

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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #9 on: July 5, 2019, 13:33:01 PM »

Try rockauto but I don't know how much shipping is going to be.
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Re: Best rear shocks
« Reply #11 on: July 8, 2019, 07:09:40 AM »

Try Summit..Usealy free shipping over $100, but to Canada you'll have to check...


https://www.summitracing.com/search/year/2012/make/chevrolet/model/avalanche/department/chassis-suspension/part-type/shocks-and-struts/brand/bilstein?N=4294949823%2B4294951398%2B4294937906%2B4294951552%2B4294925615%2B400558&SortBy=Default&SortOrder=Ascending

Comes to about $10 a shock cheaper with shipping, but then with dollar conversion probably end up being more  I am heading to the states on Wed for a week, but flying.  Will see if I can find somethig in North Carolina and if it will be worth my while to bring back on the plane

Amazon might the best deal (so far)  I dont need these asap, will do some more diggin
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Chrome antenna Chrome AVS bug/rock hood guard
DeeZee tailgate assist hydraulic LED Hitch step
Console organizer Weathertech window vent visors (smoke)
Weathertech floormats (front & rear) Embossed chrome door sill plates
Putco Liquid Spider Web grill insert Chrome lettered license plate frame
Bowtie license plate cover Helo rims/Goodyear Wranglers
Putco tail light chrome trim Chev stamped muffler tip
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