The F150s, being a body-on-frame truck with a solid rear axle and leaf springs aren't exactly known for awesome rear-end handling, even right off the showroom floor. The fact that the factory shocks are pretty basic, black-body hydro shocks do not help the situation at all. That's why adding aftermarket F150 rear shocks to your truck is one of the most cost-effective ways to get improved handling performance and stability for your F150's rear end. We carry 2004-2014 F150 Rear Shocks, 2015-2020 F150 Rear Shocks, and 2021-2023 F150 Rear Shocks available in a wide variety of styles, designs, sizes, and price points so that you can find the perfect rear shock setup for your awesome F150. Aftermarket F150 rear shocks are also extremely easy to install, making them a hassle-free F150 handling upgrade. That being said, there are some things about aftermarket rear shocks that you should know and what set you ought to pick for what you're specifically doing with your truck.

F150 with Aftermarket Rear Shock

Why the Stock F150 Shocks Kind of Suck

Given that the stock F150 rear shocks are pretty bog-standard hydraulic shocks, why do they feel especially bad on the F150s? To be fair to the factory shocks, they have a lot working against them. On a leaf-sprung, solid-axle suspension system like that on the F150, the leaf springs themselves (along with the blocks) decide the location of the suspension, while the shocks only provide damping. Leaf springs in general don't provide a particularly smooth ride, especially when compared to coil springs or coilovers, much less an independent suspension. Secondly, the stock shocks have to dampen some pretty beefy rear axles in the form of the venerable Ford 9.75", Ford 8.8", and Ford Super 8.8" against a frame and bed that don't weigh too terribly much when the bed's empty. Pair all that with a set of shocks that don't have much to write home about, and you end up with bouncy and jouncy rear handling and a not particularly comfortable ride on both the street or the dirt.

F150 Fox 2.0 Shocks Compared to Stock

F150 Rear Shock Replacements

If you're primarily using your F150 on the street or for more general-purpose use, we carry more than few F150 rear shocks that serve as budget-friendly stock replacements that won't break your bank. By far our most popular F150 replacement rear shocks are the 2009-2013 F150 Bilstein 5100, 2014 F150 Bilstein 5100, and 2015-2023 F150 Bilstein 5100. The Bilstein 5100 rear shocks feature a gas-charged, monotube internal design with a steel body with digressive valving that give your F150's rear end much better stability and handling than the factory rear shocks and really help eliminate the bounciness over bumps in the road. The Bilstein 5100s can also handle roughly 1" of lift over stock, letting you install slightly taller rear blocks. If you do want to install bigger rear blocks or an add-a-leaf kit, take a look at the similarly designed 2009-2014 F150 Eibach Pro-Lift Shock and 2015-2023 F150 Eibach Pro Lift Shock that can handle more lift than the Bilsteins.

F150 Rear Shock Upgrades

If you're planning on taking your F150 off the beaten path on a regular basis, you're going to need a set of rear shocks that can handle tough terrain and rough trails without letting you down. By far our most popular upgraded F150 rear shocks are the 2009-2020 F150 Fox 2.0 Rear Shocks and 2021-2023 F150 Fox 2.0 Rear Shocks. The Fox 2.0s offer excellent on-road ride and handling, vastly improved off-road performance over stock, and the dependability you need for most off-road applications. The Fox 2.0s feature a gas-charged monotube internal design with a 2" diameter shock body that's made out of aluminum which gives you both more oil capacity and better heat dissipation than stock. The Fox 2.0s are an awesome choice for a do-it-all F150 build that sees plenty of use both on and off-road. One downside of the Fox 2.0s is that they can only handle 1" of rear lift over stock, which can limit your options. For an alternative that can handle a bit more lift, check out the 2004-2023 F150 ICON 2.0 Aluminum Series Rear Shock.

Fox 2.0 Installed on a 2015-2020 F150

F150 Rear Shocks for Towing

The lack of stability and rear-end handling of the factory rear shocks definitely does not help you out when it comes to towing. In general, rear shocks can only do so much when it comes to improving your F150's towing experience, though the all-around improvement in rear handling and stability can help you out when towing and hauling. That being said, there are a few towing-specific F150 rear shocks. The 2015-2023 F150 Falcon Tow/Haul Kit comes with shocks specifically made for towing, and they feature an adjustable level that stiffen up their damping when you're towing or hauling heavy loads. Even though a set of aftermarket shocks can help with towing, your much better bet would be some of our 2009-2014 F150 Towing Upgrades, 2015-2020 F150 Towing Upgrades, or our 2021-2023 F150 Towing Upgrades to really help your F150 handle big trailers and heavy loads.

F150 Towing with Aftermarket Rear Shocks

F150 Rear Shocks for Lift Kits

As with the factory shocks, the standard white-body and black-body rear shocks included with most F150 4" Lift Kits or F150 6" Lift Kits generally aren't the greatest and can give your lifted F150 less than ideal rear handling, especially when you stack on bigger and heaver wheel and tire combinations than stock. The good news is that we here at Stage 3 have some performance rear shocks for lifted F150s that will give your F150 with a 4" or 6" lift improved rear handling, better rear stability, and excellent off-road performance. Our most popular lifted F150 rear shocks are our 2004-2023 F150 BDS Fox 2.0 Rear Shock for 6" Lifts and our 2004-2023 F150 BDS Fox 2.0 Rear Shock for 4" LIfts. Like the standard Fox 2.0s, the BDS Fox 2.0s for 6" and 4" lift kits feature a gas-charged monotube design, 2" aluminum body, and linear valving, but BDS stretches their lengths in order to fit the 4" or 5" rear blocks found on 6" lift kits or the 2" to 3.5" rear blocks found on 4" lift kits. The BDS Fox 2.0 rear shocks are a great choice for getting more out of your tough, lifted F150 build.

Lifted F150 with Aftermarket Shocks

F150 Off-Road Rear Shocks

When it comes to really thrashing your truck around off-road, you're going to need a set of shocks that are purpose-built to handle extremely violent impacts and aggressive articulation. As you've probably guessed, the stock shocks just can't manage it. The good news is that we here at Stage 3 have a ton of 2.5 piggyback rear shocks of various types that can handle extreme applications and crazy speed off-road. The 2009-2020 F150 Fox 2.5 Piggyback Rear Shocks, 2004-2023 ICON 2.5 Piggyback Rear Shocks, 2009-2023 F150 King 2.5 Piggyback Rear Shocks are all excellent choices when it comes to putting together a dedicated off-road build. All of these shocks feature much larger, 2.5" diameter shock bodies that are paired with performance valving and piggyback-mounted reservoirs that give them huge oil capacities. These 2.5 shocks can handle high-speed off-roading over extremely tough trails and terrain without letting you down and without suffering from the same kind of fade of smooth-body shocks.

F150 with King 2.5 Piggyback Rear Shocks

Final Thoughts

Adding a set of aftermarket rear shocks to your F150 is almost never a bad idea. The factory shocks just aren't the best things for the job, and there are a ton of F150 shock options out there that can give your truck much better handling and stability. Granted, there's a lot of choice, but you can use this breakdown to find the perfect set of F150 rear shocks for your specific application or budget. What set of shocks are you going to put on your truck? Do you have a favorite shock that we didn't mention? Let us know in the comments!

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