Gabriels are the cheap brand like the budget Mono line of shocks. From what I've heard, they're actually the same company, but I'm not positive. It's all up to your ride preference and what level of bumpiness you can handle. I have Monos on mine, and I bought them specifically because I blew a shock and next year I'm going to be lifting. I'm pleasantly surprised that I like the Monos a lot! I have a good ride and I don't find them too stiff, but I'm also 20 and a rock wouldn't be too stiff to me. It's all up to you - if you want the AutoZone level of shocks, you can't go wrong with them. Don't expect to impress anybody, but if they suit your needs then by all means, you're not spending a WHOLE lot of money here on shocks and I'm right there with ya!