I just bought a 2002 XtraCab 4x4 TRD. The truck has the original toyota/bilstien shocks on it and I am fairly sure they are shot. The truck bashes over rough roads with a bone shaker ride and when you rock the truck up and down there is quite a lot of movement.
The local dealer quoted me $60 each for the rear and $140 each for the front toyota/bilstien shocks. I am looking for a relatively smooth ride but still capable off road and the truck is at stock height and will not be lifted at all.
Should I go with the OEM shocks for about $400, or can I do better with another option? Also, how difficult is it to replace the front shocks, I know I will need to borrow a spring compressor from somewhere but I would like to know if it is a big job aside from dealing with the springs.