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For shocks Bilstein, Fox, or King. Anything else is a crap shoot on how they are valved, mostly for gasser trucks. You noted a problem with the shocks in the initial post so maybe they are wrong for the truck or just bad? The first thing I would do is order a set of Bilstein 5100's from Genos Garage for the front and see if that changes anything. It won't fix the tires but they will stop a lot of the problems that start DW. Would not hurt to do a Bilstein steering damper if there is any question at all about the existing one. Again, it won't address the root cause but it will stop the oscillations from getting out of hand.
You might be able to live with the tires if you can clam it down enough, but, a 35" BFG tire on a 17" rim is just asking for problems. The same height tire on 20" rim behaves completely different, still not a good choice in tire but better than the 17" ones.
Who ever told you BFG's are better than Nitto is either getting a cut of sales or flat out lying or simply has no clue. Either the Terra Grappler or the Mud Grappler are far superior to ANY tire BFG has. Toyo and Nitto are the two best choices with Cooper right in there, BFG just sells a bunch because they are cheaper. What size rims do you have, that will determine more than anything what tire you can run. If you have 17" rims forget 35's, there isn't a 17" tire made anymore that meets the needs of these trucks. You will have to back off to a 33" tire in 17 inch to have a chance of something that will be solid enough, or, you need larger wheels. The 187's have a decent selection but 20" tires have a lot broader range of choices now with all the newer trucks running them. Look at tire weight ratings and get some thing that is upwards of 3700 lbs in an SRW configuration then look at the weight of tire. A 62 to 65 lb tire is going to be heavy enough, under 60 lbs and you are taking chances.
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