Short Answer: G-Class owners usually want to change suspension components, including shocks, because their stock ride feels a little too stiff or uncomfortable. Ride comfort is affected by a few variables including shocks, springs and tires. A lot of people look at their tires first and consider increasing the sidewall height of their tires. To a certain extent, that helps to absorb bumps and dips in the road. Springs also have an impact on ride comfort. If your springs are too stiff, no matter how awesome your shocks are, you probably won’t be able to enjoy a noticeably softer ride because your springs won’t give enough. We’d argue that your biggest contribution comes from the shocks, though.
Since not everyone has the same preferences and perception of ride comfort, we usually recommend adjustable shocks to give yourself some flexibility in figuring out what works best for you. Viking offers the following shocks. They fit on a stock ride as well as lifted G-Wagens, generally up to about two inches. We’ve listed them in order of ride comfort and overall excellence in our opinion:
1. Self-adjusting Prerunners by Bilstein/4x4 Proyect (yes, that's "Proyect" with a “y”)
2. Two-way adjustable shocks by Ohlins
3. Adjustable shocks by Kings
4. Non-adjustable shocks by OME
1. Viking recommends against lifts beyond the height offered by its THOR Springs (70mm at front and 50mm at rear).
2. Please follow the installation instructions and safety precautions that come with the shocks.