Rear suspension on 1996 Ford Explorer

There is a "shock absorber" on the passenger side rear bracketed to the frame and the lower control arm. The thing is rotten with rust and needs replacement but I can't find it at the dlr or local parts store. Can I remove it or is there a suitable replacement shock absorber match? What is it called?

Asked by for the 1996 Ford Explorer
There are good diagrams on this site put your year make and model and put shock under part search, Looks like its a auto ride control shock probably dealer only item but looks like has them for $106
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