Are Mopar OEM Shocks Better Than Aftermarket Shocks?

When your shocks go out, it’s natural to want to save money their replacements. You might be wondering if a set of cheap aftermarket shocks would be a good investment.

If you ask us, a set of aftermarket shocks is certainly not a good investment. OEM shocks may cost a little more upfront (but not necessarily so if you order genuine OEM shocks from us at wholesale pricing). But aftermarket shocks will almost always end up costing you more money over the long term.

Here are 3 reasons why OEM shocks are a better investment:

1. Good Workmanship

Mopar shock kit

Mopar took great care to ensure that all of its OEM shocks are built with high-quality materials and exceptional workmanship. Mopar is very confident in the quality and workmanship of its parts. To prove it, they offer a 2-year, unlimited mile warranty on its genuine OEM parts, including shocks.

Aftermarket shocks are rarely backed by a warranty, presumably because these parts aren’t expected to last a long time. While it’s normal for shocks to seep oil during the break-in process, aftermarket shocks will leak pretty quickly and go bad within a year or two. It’s because aftermarket shocks aren’t usually sealed well.

Even if a set of aftermarket shocks is still in good shape, one of the shocks can still blow out after hitting a large bump. This is due to the low-quality materials being used to build these shocks.

In a nutshell, OEM shocks come out on top in terms of quality.

2. Perfect Fitment

When it comes to shocks, fitment is everything. If you have poor-fitting shocks, you’ll have a hard time installing the shocks. A lot of aftermarket manufacturers build their shocks with a one-size-fits-all approach. For example, an aftermarket shock that has a larger tube diameter than the OEM shock might rub on a suspension component.

OEM shocks are designed with precise fitment in mind. Mopar has a wide variety of OEM shocks, each one designed to fit a certain make and model. So when you install the right OEM shocks on your vehicle, they will fit your car perfectly.

3. Model-Specific Tolerances

Mopar shocks installed

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In order for shocks to work optimally for your car, they have to be tuned to your car’s springs. This allows the shocks to absorb as much impact as possible and maintain the ride quality.

OEM shocks are tuned to work with the springs of the model(s) they’re designed for. Many aftermarket shocks aren’t tuned for a specific vehicle. This results in poor performance. For example, a compact SUV could weigh anywhere from 3,000 to 4,500lbs. But you don't know what weight of the vehicle the aftermarket manufacturer had in mind when they designed the shocks. So, chances are that they will be either too stiff or too soft.

Buying OEM Mopar Shocks at Wholesale Pricing

We mentioned earlier that OEM shocks don’t necessarily have to cost more than aftermarket shocks. OEM shocks usually cost a lot at dealerships because a large markup is imposed upon them. You won’t see such a large markup online in most cases. In fact, you will even find genuine OEM Mopar shocks at wholesale prices if you shop on our website.

If you have any questions about replacing the shocks on your Mopar vehicle, you’re welcome to contact us.