Everything looks better in red even shocks

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 we're 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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