" Because everything is better in red "

Everything looks better in red even shocks

I’ll be the first to admit shock absorbers are not the most glamorous part on a Jeep, but this week that’s exactly what were talking about.

A little while back I put a fresh coat of emergency-red spray paint on my shocks.

Why red? Everything is more glamorous in red. Yes, even shock absorbers.

I’d been thinking about giving my shocks a coat of paint ever since we finished painting the Jeep’s scratched and gouged underbelly to keep it from rusting.

So far, I’ve been happy with the stiff yet compliant set of Monroe Monotube shocks I threw on the Jeep last summer. They’ve served me well, but like most bargain shocks they’re poorly painted and after just one winter they’d begun to chip and rust.

I’m not going to knock Monroe for this. Even high-end shock absorbers suffer from poor paint jobs.

A brief search of the Google revealed painting shocks is a pretty common practice. It seems like a lot of people paint their shocks black to make them less conspicuous, to cover up rust or just to give their rig a unique look.

With a lot of patience, a little cursing and plenty of WD-40 the shocks came free pretty quickly and the next morning I covered them in a fresh coat of primer and some bright red paint.

So far, I’m pretty happy with how the shocks turned out. Especially from viewed the back. I can see why Jeep uses red on their Trail Rated Jeeps to make them stand out.

Plus, it’s a cheap way to add some character while simultaneously protecting your investment.


  • How do you think it turned out?
  • Have you ever painted your shocks? If so why?
  • What do you think of the red? Cool or ostentatious?

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  • penncosect24

    They look pretty cool! Very professional!

    May 27, 2017 - 5:27 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thank you. It took way longer to do thank I’d hoped but they came out alright. We will see if they hold up.

      May 31, 2017 - 11:26 pm Reply
  • George & Shelly .... Off The Track

    Looks great, good job!

    May 28, 2017 - 4:39 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thanks, George and Shelly! I am glad you like them. They were kind of a fun weekend project. D-Rings are next.

      May 31, 2017 - 11:25 pm Reply
  • Customs -N- Classics

    Well done. Would love a picture from the back, to see what you mentioned.
    I have always thought that shocks on trucks/jeeps etc, should be painted, makes it stand out.

    June 8, 2017 - 11:45 am Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thanks! I have to do my D-rings next. I’ll probably do that next weekend.

      I’ll share more pictures of the suspension in the next blog post I publish this weekend. How do you like to use spray paint?

      June 8, 2017 - 8:14 pm Reply
      • Customs -N- Classics

        In the past, I have used spray paint to paint chrome pieces. If course, I would dechrome first, then choose what colors to change it to.
        I used to have a 79 Camaro that I changed all of the chrome to a flat black. The air shocks in the rear couldn’t be seen, but my front calipers and my rear drums could, through the rims, so, I sprayed them bright red.

        June 8, 2017 - 10:34 pm Reply
  • computeruser6

    Blue is better; you need some Kings!

    June 8, 2017 - 9:47 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Kings would be good but I don’t have the cash to drop on Kings right now. . I’m looking at a few options for performance shocks sometime later next year. What I can say is it will be either ARB, Fox or Bilsteins. But I’m not sure just yet.

      June 8, 2017 - 9:51 pm Reply

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