Re: 2008 ford escape shocks
OEM's are similar to Monroe, and frankly nothing can beat it for the price. Monroe's are on sale in my area quite often "buy one get the 2nd half price". I went with Bilsteins for my Dodge, not sure if they're available on the Escape or not, but if you ride any trails you'll want a heavy duty shock. For an everyday driver, Monroe would be my choice to get.
I don't believe the 2001-2007 shocks are the same. I wouldn't reuse shocks if that's what you're wondering. Always buy new shocks. The 2009 models were partially redesigned, so I'm sure the suspension geometry is different and they're probably running different shocks than '08 models. Some shocks might seem like they fit, but it's how they're tuned that matters. Sturdier shocks with loose spring rates will be a bit different than having stiffer shocks with stiffer spring rates. Again, it's best to buy new.
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