Quad Shocks = Heavy Duty Suspension??
I would like to ask some advice from the group. This is my first post, but I have done a lot of reading in the past. I have a 1989 4x4 4.9L F-150 5sp with the 3.55 rear axle. It has 121,000 miles and could really use new shocks. My truck has 2 front shocks on each side (4 front shocks total). The guys behind the parts counter are not overly helpful with shock selection.
I have searched RockAuto.com and they reference both Heavy Duty suspension and Quad Shocks for 4WD F-150s. Do all 1989 4WD trucks have quad shocks on the front? How can I be certain which shocks from the various manufacturers will be correct for my truck? I assume that each of the 2 front shocks are different? Is the shock in front of the axle different than the shock behind the axle? Even Motorcraft recommends several different options.
This old truck was my Dad's and he bought it new. It is mine now and I am using it to drive my boys around our land, pull a small trailer and haul things. I hope to keep it for another 20 years.
Any thoughts or guidance on shock selection would be helpful.