The aftermarket Club Car DS Front Shock Absorber looks and functions just like its OEM counterpart. This style shock is a dampening shock. What that indicates is the suspension of that golf cart is rendered from another source. A leaf spring is the most common cache for style setup. The shock has one job, and that's to make the ride nice and smooth. Without it, the cart would bounce and recoil with every bump in the road.The Club Car DS Front Shock Absorber is a dampening shock, so looking at the cart's ride height is not a good determining factor in whether they should be replaced or not. A good rule of thumb is if they are broken or "bleeding," you should replace them. You are not looking for the out-pouring of hydraulic fluid you might expect from a leaky aftermarket shock. They only become damp with oil and start to collect particulate. So golf cart shocks that look dirty on the bottom and not the top are due for replacement.