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kid vishus
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posted 05-30-2003 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last fall, I replaced one of my front shocks trying to find a vibration. I bought shocks form the local parts store, they were Monroe's. The shock wasnt the problem. First of all, the shock I put on is significantly softer then the Ford factory shock I took off. Plus the Monroe shock is already going to heck (it bounces badly like a basketball when you hit bumps with that tire). Are there different part numbers for Lightnings than regular F150's? I'm going to put the factory shock back on that side, but I need to know if there is a difference when the time comes to replace them the next time.

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KULTULZ
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posted 05-31-2003 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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First of all, the shock I put on is significantly softer then the Ford factory shock I took off.

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Are there different part numbers for Lightnings than regular F150's? I'm going to put the factory shock back on that side, but I need to know if there is a difference when the time comes to replace them the next time.

Yes...The LIGHTENING shocks are HD and have a different PN listing. To be sure you get the correct shock, there should be a stamping I.D. no. on the old shock. Give this to the parts guy so that he will get you the correct shock.

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kid vishus
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posted 05-31-2003 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by KULTULZ:
Yes...The LIGHTENING shocks are HD and have a different PN listing.

That explains the difference then.

Thanks.

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MLariviere
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posted 06-01-2003 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always do shocks in pairs,just like bushings and most other suspension parts. You will notice a significant difference in handling. Did you find the vibration? F-150's like to eat radius bushings.

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Thud
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posted 06-02-2003 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Edelbrock makes a shock specific to the '93-'95 Lightning. I don't know much else about them. I have the part numbers for the original "Motorcraft" shocks (they're made by Monroe), I'll post them for you tomorrow.

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posted 06-03-2003 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Motorcraft SureTrackers
front: F3TA-18045-FB
rear: F3TA-18080-KC

(I got these off the Ford sales slip)

The shocks REALLY are:

Monroe Formula GP
front: CA18M1A
rear: CG24N24A

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kid vishus
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posted 06-03-2003 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MLariviere:
Always do shocks in pairs....
Did you find the vibration?

I had bought two shocks, but when replacing the one didn't fix the initial vibration, I put off replacing the other since at that time I was more concerned about finding the vibration. The initial vibration turned out to be a front tire had thrown a wheel weight and was out of balance.
I now have another vibration (besides the tire bouncing from the bad shock) that I am starting to believe is tire and maybe even a little bit alignment related. The tires have been on the truck since I have had it, it has a bunch of miles now, and it has also started to pull to one side. The radius arm bushings look good, so I think I can rule that out.

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MLariviere
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posted 06-03-2003 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Usually if the radius bushings go,there will be a snap or a clunk just under the floorboard. Mine looked ok,but when I took it apart,they were completely hogged out. The big not on them goes to 60 ft/lbs,so if you're curious,take it off and you will see if the bushing,or the nylon cup is bad.

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