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RoadKing shocks keep the tire connected to the road surface, saving you money and the great ride means less driver fatigue at the end of the run.

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Need to replace what do you recommend?

We have a 2007 387 Peterbilt and need to replace the shock absorbers. Should we use Pete parts or is there an aftermarket that is better?

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I've been running Roadkings for a few years. The difference is amazing. You'll never know how much your tires bounce after a bump until you put these shock on. Roadking gave me great service also. I had a drive shock blow out after about a year. They had a free replacement shipped out the next day. If you can afford them, they are worth every penny!

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I'm not sure what is going on at road king, but I wouldn't recommend them anymore. I've had problems with my latest set of shocks. Their customer service has been horrible also. My friends are all having the same problems with their shocks. I'm very disappointed. When the shocks work, there is nothing better. But, when they don't, you have a very expensive paper weight.

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I;m with U....same here they suck on customer service and like I said, if U are lucky with the one U get....well worth the money, but if U got problems with the shock....welll goooooddddd luck.......they don't care....they have U're money....

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I spent $3400 with install a year ago on my 387 and all of the drive shocks are completely blown out and Road King is not answering my calls. Im going to have Monroe's installed today for around $400. I would not ever buy anything from Road King unless you want junk and like being ripped off.

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I live on LA area where can I get the road kings?

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just bought Road Kings... waiting on shipment so I can install them! I have Gabriel and can tell they are shot! Tried to replace last yr. at TA during Sale but they don't stock part# for Volvo's only Freightliners... Now after 150k mi. They are really Shot! (even With the Bose Ride and new Airbags all round! i can't believe you don't know when your shocks are bad!)

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Gabriels are useless. I would NOT go with those, even if I was paid to do it. That leaves two options:

If you want a throw-away shock, Monroe makes a really good one. Monroe's Heavy Duty shock improves the ride of any truck that is currently equipped with Gabriel's cheapo. As far as I can tell, the Monroe improved the ride of my truck and I have not had any problems with them. I now have the smoothest riding truck in the company... and I haven't even spec'd the Bose Ride seats or the new cab floor I want... yet!

If you want a shock that can be rebuilt, get the RoadKing shock. It'll last longer, provide even better ride control than the Monroe shock, and the value-added feature of the ability to be rebuilt is a plus for those who want to run longer with their shocks.

By the way, when you get new shocks, make sure to check and re-adjust your drive line angle and ride height, so you can eliminate drive line vibrations while you are working on the suspension system.

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Have to admit, have had very good results over the years with Monroe gas shocks. Given the price of the Monroes I have gotten, doubt Road King's rebuild feature is any more cost effective.

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unless you want to buy expensive shocks that can be rebuilt I would recommend Monroe shocks I have them on my truck and I think the whole set cost around 250 dollars

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I run my shocks until they actually break, then I replace them, I can never feel a difference between broken shocks and new shocks.

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Thats really Sad!

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Well said Greg!

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I've never been able to feel any difference between old shocks and new ones but I do change them out on the steer axle about ever 150,000 miles which is when I put new tires on the steer and the drives when the shocks start to leak. So I don't spend a lot money on shocks.

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Yea, my truck has the factory OEM shocks on the drives with 1.4 million miles on them. LOL.

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I use Monroes and never had a problem. Tried Gabriels once, they rode like I had welded the suspension solid. Never tried the Road Kings, but have read some discussions on their customer service sucking. If I'm going to pay that much for a product, I better get customer service no matter how good the product is.

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I bought Roadking Shocks for my steers 1st 2 years ago and they have been excellent, I have a 2000 INT 9400 and I have had my drive axle shocks on since 03/21/2011 and they have been excellent as well. now let me throw the monkey wrench in what I just stated. I have had two wiper seals malfunction on two different shocks which keep out dirt, moisture etc. As far as customer service Roadking is a little different but have warrentied both shocks and in a timely manner.

So I have no complaints. If you put a new monroe next to a roadking shock and put all the weight and force you possibly can the Monroe will go straight to the ground while you will have the set it aside and put two hands and all you weight and force on the Roadking to get it to compress

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called for a price was quoted $1,875 for 6 shocks, hard to justify that price,plus install

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RoadKings, Expense but worth it. Buy just one and buy any other brand place them side by side and put all your body weight on them and a Gabriel or Monroe will g straight to the ground while the RoadKing will not budge. So why buy shocks that do nothing. I have had only one issue with my RoadKings which is a wiper seal that keeps the shock rod travel clean. RoadKing stood behind the prouduct and all is good.

Love my RoadKings!

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I got Road Kings all the way around.Best thing I ever did for my body.Will never be without them:)

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I've said it once in a post and will state it again. If you put a new Monroe or Gabriel next to a Roadking shock and put all the weight and force you possibly can the Monroe or Gabriel and they will go straight to the ground. Now set it aside and put two hands and all your weight and force on the Roadking to get it to compress, you will find it hard to compress the Roadking.

Those of you who are running Monroes or Gabriels need to pull those shocks after about 30,000 miles and most of you will find that they are already toast.

Test a product before you make a post that you know nothing about.

As far as the rebuild and leaving your truck out of service, how sad for you that your not capable or replacing your shocks with Monroes or Gabriels while the shocks are being rebuilt.

As far as customer service I have had no problem.

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Get real! You aren't pushing new Monroe Gas Magnums straight to the bottom by hand. Neither are they worn out at 30,000.

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Easy way to install if you need to compress them is to find a ram press in a shop and measure the length you need to be at when setting. Press them down to about 1/4 inch shorter that that and use mechanics wire looped at top washer and bottom base to maintain that length. Just put my front ones on and worked like a charm. I am lucky enough to have an older, very knowledgable machinist in town that I can get stuff like that done.

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Like Neil said. You can spend around 600 bucks an axle for Road King Shocks (Well, well worth it if you are going to keep the truck) or I believe Peterbilts shocks are either Monroe or Gabriel.

I used to buy the Peterbilt shocks for my Freightliner and was very happy with them.

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If you want the best riding shocks out there Roadking's are the way to go and in the long run you will actually save money not having to buy shocks every 100k with roadking you actually go 350k to 400k miles before they need to rebuilt so if you do the math on that you actually save money.

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A broken shock or one that is not functioning properly can wipe out a set of tiers in a short bit. So lats do the math. When I get new tires I get new shocks. Well till now, I got roadking shocks on the front and plan on getting them on the rear. What a difference in the ride.

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I have 1.4 million miles on my drive axle shocks and I have got 300,000 miles out of a set of drive tires.

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For any of you who are considering them, I highly recommend them. I've had mine for 2 years and I can't say enough good things about them. It won't hurt to give them a call and ask any questions you might have. I'm not the only one who feels this shocks are worth every penny!

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Customer Service is their main problem!

I had to send two drive shocks back (both blown-leaking oil - in 6 months).

Had to buy two cheap shocks while they rebuilt them and it was important to give them a tracking number so they would know when they received them. When they sent them back to me they did not let me know until UPS was going to ship them back to them because nobody was there to sign for them (I drive a truck-no wife-no signer). Luckily I just happened to be nearby to pick them up.

I hope they last but if they do not I cannot justify the added expense even if the ride is better.

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I am about to find out if road kings are worth it or not. Just bought 4. 2 for the steer and 2 for the rear drive. We are going to remove the first drive axle and replace with a liftable tag and you don't use shocks on a liftable. I dropped by the shop the other day and the new shocks were on but I have yet to drive it. May not be a totally fair comparison to the old shocks because we are rebuilding the whole front end. But I will let you know what I think. The cost for 4 to my doorstep was about $1,300.

Next after this ..... Bose ride super seat.

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My husband and I drive team so we put a lot of miles on our 2008 389 Pete every year. We also have an ARI sleeper so we carry extra weight on the truck. We recently (11/12) installed a full set of Road King shocks....what a difference on the ride and rest. Expensive, for the initial cost it seems that way. But we were replacing the Paccar or Monroe shocks about ever 90,000 - 100,000 miles. Now our truck is not shaken as much so it will last longer, the tires get less bounce so they should last longer. Should get 300,000+ miles before they need to be rebuilt which will cost about the same as a regular set of shocks. So, yes they will pay for themselves in less down time and less bumpy road damage to the truck and tires not to mention better rest.

Sherry Mathews

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Spend the money on the Road King's. You won't be sorry! They are expensive but the difference is very noticable. They will reduce the wear and tear on the other front end components as well.

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ROAD KINGS all the Way! I have them on all 3 of my trucks! I will not drive team in a truck without them! I have had 2 shock problems and they have been Beyond Helpful and stand behind their product 100% Worth every Penny! Best riding truck in the fleet has BOSE RIDE and Road King shocks WOW! IF you have the $ GO FOR IT!

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i have been running roadkings for 7500 miles-on my drives and steers. i almost always weigh grossing only 35,900 lb and bought to maybe help with the wind. i needed shocks badly anyhow. i am happy. they do help in the wind somewhat, i think (i can't be sure i could tell a difference between rk's and new oem's unless i went ahead a bought oem's and installed now just to check). but they certainly ride good. when i've bought shocks for my other truck in the past, the difference between old and new was not great as the difference now. i am driving 2002 frtl century, and every bump it would make lots of noise. much quieter now. i will say, though, they are in all likely-hood not an investment where you get a return, except for perhaps absorbing vibration that would other wise cause wear and tear over time. i will buy again for my other truck if i decide to put a driver in it. i certainly would buy if i ran lots of dirt roads like livestock haulers.

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joe, i'm doing research on roadking shocks trying to figure out wether to put them on a truck i don't own.i'll be in this truck for 10 years,according to my boss,(i want to buy the truck,he won't sell it)

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discussing with my mechanics to see what they think.gearheads all of them

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There's no gears inside shocks...

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I have a 2013 KW T660 and have had road king shocks all round on it since about 40,000 miles, it now has 162,000 and I still have even wear on the front and approximately 50% left on the tires, they are expensive but well worth it in the long run

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My tires wear flat and long miles with my factory OEM shocks with 1.5 million miles on them. I usually get 300,000 miles on steer tires and 250,000 on drives.

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i understand that regular shocks exert about 700 lbs of force holding tires to the road, while roadking exerts about 4000 lbs, quite a difference

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Well, you guys sold me on the Roadkings.I'll try and get a set for the steer axle on my Classic

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I don't have an answer on the shocks, but ...

is the big difference of opinion on how different the ride feels after new shocks actually the difference in the ride of the make of truck, especially Peterbilt or Volvo?

I bought a used 2007 Peterbilt 387. After running it a few months, I replaced all of the shocks with Monroe and ABSOLUTELY could NOT tell any difference in the ride. NONE. I have since started using a heat sensor gun to tell if they are still working, and supposedly they are.

So, maybe I should test drive a Volvo.

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You were probably running Monroes originally on that 387, since you did not notice any difference in the ride. Usually, there is little difference, if any, in how the truck rides if you replace the worn shock with a new one of the same make and model.

One thing that can make a difference in the ride is the adjustment of your air bags. Road King Shocks will also make an improvement.

On some older Volvo trucks, the ride gets rough when the air suspension is exactly 2" out of adjustment. When it's 3" out, the drive shaft begins vibrating. That's the clue the ride height should be checked by the mechanic and re-adjusted.

Test driving a Volvo isn't going to solve your problem. What will solve your problem is obtaining the ride height specs for your particular truck and re-adjusting the ride height, in effect, lowering the rear of the tractor. I note the Peterbilt 387 already rides incredibly smooth, very much like the Volvo trucks, when the suspension is set up correctly.

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I first bought a set of "RideKings", Lonnie was with them and their customer service was horrible, but the product was excellent so I bought another set for another truck. Then that company went under, so the RideKings warranty was not honored. Lonnie then formed RoadKing, I bought another truck, and a set of Road Kings for it. Then my steer shocks started leaking after about 250,000 miles. I sent them back (with a return number from Lonnie first) and had a signature that they had received them. I called several times without any luck to get them back. I talked to Lonnie at the truck show, and showed him the receipt that they had been received. He said he did not recognize the signiture, so he would "sell me another pair at cost." I did that because there really is no other competitor that has a product that compares to these. Any other company would apologize and send a replacement set. Monroe and Gabriel should both be replaced after 40,000 miles. So even at 250,000 miles, I would have been through 6 sets of the other shocks, plus the time to install.

If there was another shock that compared, I'd try it in a heartbeat. But until that happens, if you don't want your cab to shake apart on our highways, RoadKing shocks are the way to go.

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after all these discussions i have come to the conclusion that roadking shocks are the best ever,but the customer service is the worst ever.support is important enough that,arrogant obnoxious companies will not get my business

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Road kings are the best ride worst customer service I have ever had in my life on any product

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Bought 2 sets of Roadway shocks and spent over $4000.00 and within 6 months 5 out of 6 were leaking. Customer service is not good. They get your money then the !&&* with ya! Offered to cut me a deal if I sent them $1800.00 more. HAHAHA! Can't wait til I see them at a local show so I can bring my Roadking shocks and help them out!

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Good luck with that, I don't believe Lonnie even cares. That's basically what they did with me. I paid the money because I wanted the shocks. I sure wish there was a comparable shock I could recommend.

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I think it depends a lot on the shock needs of the vehicle. I have heard a lot of different opinions from different people, but every vehicle is different and has different amounts of stress put on it. I would try Monroe, but that is just me. Shop around and see what works for you.

http://www.wilkinsonsuspension.com.au/ga...

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I was thinking of gettinh the roadkings but now i see another shock name out there. Silver Road shocks little less money better then monroe maybe not as good as rk about $100 cheaper per shock. Still deciding does anyone have these

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