The shock absorber or damper is one of two keystones that the suspension of any automobile is based upon. Working with a spring – the other one – the shock controls the body motion by transforming spring oscillations into heat. Shocks do that by using liquid or heavily compressed gas interacting with a valve that the fluid is forced to flow through. The energy conversion occurs because of friction and pressure extremes resulted from this motion. The characteristics of shocks have a huge impact on suspension performance in general and hence off-road shocks differ from those aimed at extreme on-road driving.

In comparison to ordinary dampers, off-road shocks can deal with more powerful impacts without overheating. Designed to work in the severe off-road environment, performance shocks are tougher and hence will provide longer service life. Check out our Ford Explorer performance shocks & struts selection and choose the right ones for optimal suspension enhancement depending on the system you have, the terrain your SUV sees most often, and the loads you carry. Upgrading the suspension of your Ford Explorer will result in a smoother, more comfortable ride whatever the terrain.

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    • (52 reviews)
      # sp4272
      5100 Series Shock and Strut by Bilstein®. 5100 Series Shock Absorbers by Bilstein®. BILSTEIN 5100 Series Shock Absorbers are designed specifically to help your lifted truck, Jeep or SUV reach its pinnacle in ride performance, while...
      Individually engineered for a wide array of specific vehicles and lift combinationsMonotube gas pressure technology
      $81.13 - $190.31
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp13341
      Loaded quickLIFT™ Complete Strut Assembly by Rancho®. Award-winning Rancho® quickLIFT™ Loaded assemblies level and lift late-model trucks and SUVs, providing an aggressive stance and allowing for the use of larger wheel and tire...
      Twin-Tube internal designEasy to Install: Pre-assembled with coil spring and upper mount
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp10064
      SX8000 Shock Absorbers by Tuff Country®, Tuff Country EZ-Ride’s SX8000 Nitro Gas shock absorbers are recommended for all full-size applications. The nitrogen gas pressure reduces fading and gives quicker shock response.
      Ideal for lifted full size trucks & SUVsNitro gas charged to limit fading
      $38.00 - $57.70
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp4323
      MonoMax™ Shock and Strut by KYB®. Power up your truck's suspension performance with MonoMax heavy duty monotube gas hydraulic shocks and struts. Thanks to the advanced design, they can handle the toughest work loads and control body...
      Maximum performance upgrade with up to 40% more damping performance than standard shock absorbersPerfect solution when you need to upgrade suspension performance
      $62.24 - $104.81
    • (1 review)
      # sp8839
      Superide™ Shock Absorber by Superlift®. Superide shock absorbers are designed to provide exceptional ride quality, durability and longevity at a very affordable price. Ten-stage velocity sensitive valving allows maximum control on...
      Twin-Tube internal designPrecision engineered for your vehicle
      $39.92 - $50.17
    • (21 reviews)
      # sp3100
      Nitro Drop 2™ Shock Absorbers by Belltech®. This is hydraulic Nitro Drop 2 shock absorber that is designed for optimal performance at a range of ride heights. Low-speed compression damping has been set to maintain OE factory ride...
      Hydraulic Nitro Drop 2™ shock absorberDesigned for optimal ride comfort at a range of ride heights
      $41.20 - $164.80
    • (37 reviews)
      # sp4269
      4600 Series Shock and Strut by Bilstein®. Bilstein 4600 Series Shock Absorbers and Struts are designed specifically to help your stock height truck, van or SUV reach its pinnacle in ride performance and handling, while still providing...
      Monotube gas pressure technologyEasy to install; direct bolt-on; no modification required
      $72.82 - $347.15
    • (1 review)
      # sp22902
      Nitrocharger Sport Shock Absorbers and Struts by ARB®. The new OME NitroCharger Sport features a triple-stage valving process rivaled only by a remote canister adjustable shock. Stacked into the most durable shock body and adjusted by...
      Engineered for both on road and off road drivabilityDurability proven under extensive laboratory and real life testing, supported by scientific data logging
      $61.75 - $228.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp4275
      AK Series Shock Absorbers by Bilstein®. Sealed steel body stock mount shocks and struts. These shock kit packages are perfect for dialing in your car. Everything is included...the shocks, instructions and recommended set-ups.
      Monotube gas pressure constructionFor Camaro, Chevelle, Monte Carlo/Buick Regal, Full-size Ford, and Mustang bodies
      $71.88 - $72.10
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp109531
      B6 Series Shocks by Bilstein®. If you expect more damping power from your shock absorber – even under loads – but don’t want to opt for an all-out sports model, the BILSTEIN B6 is the ideal solution.
      Increased power reserves and service life, even when pulling transporters and trailers or during frequent journeys with loadsOptimum adhesion and enhanced lane change stability in both day to day and extreme situations
      $74.72 - $778.74
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp10477
      ES Series Shock Absorber by Pro Comp®. Pro Comp shocks are the number one choice when it comes to high performance shocks for your light truck, Jeep or SUV. The high quality features and tuned valving ensure that you'll always get the...
      Twin-Tube internal designTuned for Specific Applications
      $32.99 - $143.99
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp17900
      Gas-Magnum™ 70 Shock Absorber by Monroe®. Tough Magnum™ 70 shock absorbers deliver a firm, controlled ride for greater stability and increased driver comfort. Magnum™ shocks meet or exceed demanding OE manufacturer specifications.
      Twin-Tube internal design"Self-lubricating" fluid seal designed to retain gas without excessive wear or friction
      $58.27 - $110.51
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp17898
      Gas-Magnum™ Cab Shock Absorbers Absorber by Monroe®. The Monroe Gas-Magnum cab suspension shock isolates the cab from the frame, preventing road-induced noise, vibration and harshness from reaching the driver.
      Twin-Tube internal designResists bushing walkout for longer service life
      $28.18 - $46.55
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp7984
      Gas-Magnum™ Severe Service Shock Absorbers and Struts by Monroe®. Severe Service™ Ride Control products are engineered for emergency, municipal fleet and construction uses. These gas-charged, extra-durable Monroe® shock absorbers...
      Twin-Tube internal designResists bushing walkout for longer service life
      $30.95 - $102.18
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp4355
      Gas-Magnum™ Shock Absorbers by Monroe®. These shock absorbers are designed specially for vans and pickup trucks. Monroe Gas-Magnum assemblies provide firm control and greater stability without a harsh ride. They have up to twice the...
      Firm control without a harsh rideTwin-tube Design
      $17.50 - $48.05
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp4358
      Monro-Matic Plus™ Shock Absorbers and Struts by Monroe®. Nitrogen gas charged Monro-Matic Plus shocks and struts feature VPV (velocity proportional valving) and innovative all weather fluid. They offer improved ride comfort for any...
      Twin-Tube internal designAn ideal balance of comfort and control for any driving condition
      $10.93 - $62.83
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp4359
      Reflex™ Shock Absorbers and Struts by Monroe®. These shocks and struts are designed for SUVs, light trucks, and other vehicles with a high center of gravity and help reduce vehicle roll and dive. Reflex twin tube shocks and struts...
      Enhanced stability by reducing body roll rate in evasive maneuvers or tight turnsReflex shocks are application-engineered to each vehicle model
      $30.82 - $80.39
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp4360
      Sensa-Trac™ Load Adjusting Shock Absorbers by Monroe®. These shocks feature position sensitive damping (PSD) and application engineered valving for improved ride and handling, and heavy-gauge calibrated springs that will help maintain...
      Monotube internal designImproves ride and handling and helps maintain ride height when additional weight is loaded
      $48.33 - $101.53
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp4357
      Max-Air™ Shock Absorbers by Monroe®. If you use your vehicle for towing trailers or carrying heavy loads, these shocks are what you need as they are engineered to maintain the ride height of the vehicle even when up to 1100 lbs. of...
      Monotube, Air Adjustable internal designProvide proper vehicle ride height when additional weight is loaded
      $52.75 - $140.60
    • (7 reviews)
      # sp3101
      Street Performance Shock Absorbers by Belltech®. This is oil-filled Street Performance shock absorber with a range of ride height choices. Upon installation, spacers mount below your spring to adjust ride height in 1/2” increments....
      Oil-filled Street Performance front shock absorberOffers a range of ride height choices
      $55.20 - $318.39
    • (1 review)
      # sp9267
      Performance Shock by Fabtech®. Fabtech Performance Shocks have been designed to work in conjunction with each of our suspension systems, resulting in superior ride control. Features include high velocity 9-stage valving for excellent...
      Twin-Tube internal design9/16" Hardened Chrome Piston Rod
      $46.34 - $672.26
    • (6 reviews)
      # sp20040
      Fox® - 2.0 Performance Series Smooth Body Shock Absorber by Fox®. Fox Offroad Performance Series smooth body shock has the durable race-proven internal parts and performance damping technology you expect with unique features found only...
      2.0" Metal impacted 6061-T6 aluminum will resist rust over timeClear-anodized for a durable finish
      $139.95 - $349.95
    • (1 review)
      # sp20043
      2.5 Factory Series Shock Absorber by Fox®. Offroad Factory Series smooth body shocks provide everything you need for all-out offroad performance. Their race construction allows servicing when they show signs of wear and custom tuning to...
      2.5" Smooth bore and honed seamless alloy bodyZinc-plated and double-clear coated for long lasting finish
      $749.95 - $1,594.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp32780
      Black MAX™ Twin-Tube Driver or Passenger Side Shock Absorber by Skyjacker®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by Skyjacker features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle...
      Advanced Foam-Cell TechnologyVehicle Specific Multi-Stage Valving
    • (6 reviews)
      # sp4240
      HYDRO H7000 Series Shock Absorbers by Skyjacker®, 1 per Pack. Skyjacker® Hydro and Nitro Shocks Skyjacker® suspensions offers you a high quality shock absorber with true velocity sensitive valving. Shock absorbers, or spring dampers...
      Hydraulic ActionMulti-Stage Velocity Sensitive Valving
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp4243
      M95 Monotube Shock Absorbers by Skyjacker®. Is the ultimate shock absorber for light trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. This single tube design helps operating temperatures stay cooler under extreme conditions. The high pressure nitrogen gas and...
      High Pressure Nitrogen Gas ChargedCustom Tuned for Each Vehicle
    • (4 reviews)
      # sp4244
      NITRO N8000 Series Shock Absorbers by Skyjacker®, 1 per Pack. Shocks are recommended for full-size vehicles and moderate to extreme off-road applications.
      150 PSI Pressurized Nitrogen GasMulti-Stage Velocity Sensitive Valving
    • (1 review)
      # sp13347
      RS5000X™ Shock Absorbers and Struts by Rancho®. The core of this new and innovative shock from Rancho® is the unique and patented rebound valving system and an advanced compression phase of the shock absorber. This proprietary...
      Twin-Tube internal designProgressive Engagement Valving
      $52.26 - $132.22
    • (5 reviews)
      # sp13346
      RS5000™ Shock Absorbers and Struts by Rancho®. Rancho® RS5000™ shocks have been the shock of choice all over the globe since 1985. These iconic shocks were the first to deliver application-specific valving and are tuned to each...
      Twin-Tube internal designTen-stage velocity sensitive valving: Provides tuning specific for each vehicle
      $50.99 - $132.22
    • (1 review)
      # sp13350
      RS9000XL™ Shock Absorbers and Struts by Rancho®. The Rancho® RS9000™XL 9-position adjustable series delivers nine levels of performance to on- and off-road trucks, SUVs and Jeeps. Globally recognized as the first 9-position...
      Triple-Tube internal designLarge, tri-tube body: Increased fluid capacity to operate cooler
      $113.76 - $204.99

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