Which should I buy, spring assisted shocks or air shocks?
have the unique ability to adjust the amount of lift by increasing or decreasing
the air pressure. On the down side for air shocks is the fact that you have air boots,
fitting, and lines that can leak.
An air shock is made up of 2 major components: the shock and
the air boot which forms an airtight seal between shock housing and dust shield.
Monroe Max Air (max psi = 150) and Gabriel Hijackers (max psi = 175)
are the most popular brands of air shocks with
a capacity of approximately 1,000-1,100 pounds of boost per pair.
Spring Assisted shocks
are a heavy duty shock with a coil spring attached to it.
The spring capacity for most 2" O.D. springs is 450 pounds of boost per pair
while the 3" O.D. springs for front or rear can range from
850 - 1,100 pounds of boost per pair.
Coil over shocks are known by many names, including booster shocks,
load levelers, Loadlevelers, spring shocks, cheater shocks, etc.
These shocks are far more durable than air shocks
because you don't have any air lines or air boots
which is why these carry a lifetime warranty
and air shocks only have a 5 year warranty.
If you need to be able to vary the amount of boost you need then air shocks
are the best and only way to go. If you need to restore ride height or
add extra boost all the time then
choose the coil over shocks for their dependability.