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My bravada has 125K KM's on it. At what point should the shocks be changed?

I am looking to replace with Bilstein HD's. I understand they will provide a firmer ride.

I also have a question about the Hotchkis Rear Sway bar kit - SKU 2272. The web site states it will fit 2002-2008 Trailblazers and Envoys. Will it also fit on a 2002 Bravada?

Thanks in advance for the replies and help.
 

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...and some say the shocks should be changed as soon as it's off the production line!
I've heard of people changing them with less than 50K mi. and having a drastic improvement.
I've bought mine - just didn't install them yet. (43K)
The Shock Warehouse has great prices and is a site vendor.
 

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My rear shocks were replaced at 35k miles. Those things were horrible. Nobody has bought mine if you want them lol I had them listed on craigslist but the ad expired. Might as well put them and the stock springs back up.
 

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I just replaced the rear shocks on my '02 Envoy (68K miles) with Bilstein HDs. I will give a nod to Bilstein as the stock blacks still had more resistance rebound than other used shocks with far less miles. I have new struts for the front but the upper mounts didn't come with my order (figured I'd do it all at once). I have to say Shockwarehouse is quick and very reasonable (except for the upper mount hiccup which could be backordered). The site discount + the Bilstein buy 3 get 1 free + free shipping is a great deal.
 

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IMO, anytime after 75K is time to chuck the originals, although I waited until 100K, as they seemed to hold up well, and passed the bounce test.

As mentioned above, the Bilstein HD's are a good shock, and the ShockWarehouse deal can't be beat....their a good bunch of guys running that company. :yes:
 

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I agree I put the Bilstein HD in the front and for the back I used Monroe Load Leveling shocks which I love especially when towing or loading a lot of crap in the ol TB. I purchased mine through Shockwarehouse and they came surprisingly fast as well.
 

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I just bought my TB, and I plan to use it mostly for long highway drives and the occasional pulling my popup camper, but it will very rarely see anything but pavement. I currently have 45K on it. Just curious, how firm are the Bilsteins? Anyone have any recommendations for eventual replacements that might have a little more cushy ride? I don't want the truck to be completely useless for off road, but I don't want it rock solid either
 

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I changed my factory shocks at about 101,000.
Went with the HD's
 
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