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Old 12-20-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Alright so I have learned my lesson, overall I have to admit I am very pleased with the Rough Country Lift. I have taken it on a few trails since I put it on in September and I have to admit, to me personally, it handles excellently offroad and I did notice a big difference from stock. BUT...the terrible ride itself has to go.

I was told from the beginning RC makes junk shocks and that was no joke, I can see where Rough Country got their name from.

So I'm looking at getting rid of the RC 2.2 Perf. shocks and go with something that can still handle well offroad, and provide a comfortable ride on road. I'm fine with bouncing all over the place, in fact I find that being one of the most enjoyable parts about owning a jeep , I just don't want shocks anymore that make me feel like I'm hitting a 5 foot pothole when I hit a small crack in the road. (Exaggerating a bit )

I'm looking for something preferably in the $200-300 range and it will be for obviously a 2.5" Lift. Let me know what you guys think!

Oh and my shocks will be for sale

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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Bilsteins and Fox shocks are IMO the best. I went with the Bilsteins but Fox shocks are great too.

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"I have terrible shocks that are definition of rough. Just awful. For Sale!"
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"I have terrible shocks that are definition of rough. Just awful. For Sale!"
Well I'm not just going to throw them out, I'm sure someone would want them
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I wasnt happy with the initial set of Pro Comp shocks I received with my lift. I went to the MX-6 adjustables and the ride is much improved.
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I had the rc 2.2 shocks and they were horrible and I replaced them when I blew out the bushing. I was broke at the time, so I went with a set of skyjacker hydros. A lot of folks will say the skyjackers will rust, but I haven't had any issues.thye are not at all close to bilstein and fox shocks performance wise, but they have done me just fine on the trails and around town. Also, what are you psi are your tires at?
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Funny note about RC's 2.2 shocks... RC brought them out with no small amount of fanfare about how great they ride, to replace their earlier shocks that had earned such a terrible reputation. After how badly even their "better" second-generation 2.2 shocks ride, I don't think RC gets how to build a good riding shock that also performs well offroad.

To the above recommendations for Bilstein & Fox, you can add OME (Old Man Emu) Nitrochargers. I have them on my TJ and not only do they ride nicely, they also handle the whoops/bumps/dips/washboard roads of offroad use very well. My previous RE Monotube shocks had a great street ride but my TJ felt like it was about to go out of control on rough offroad dirt roads if I drove much faster than 15-25 mph.
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Although I love Bilsteins on my Tacoma, I have found the adjustables Rancho's 9000xl with my OME lift set at 1-2 on my Jeep is ridiculously comfortable on the street. I have to personally rate Rancho 9000 above the Bilsteins for the adjustability factor. Dial it soft for street, dial stiffer for offroad or any combination for your liking.
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SkyJacker Softride Nitro Shock I hope there good! I think Santa is bring me some.
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To the above recommendations for Bilstein & Fox, you can add OME (Old Man Emu) Nitrochargers.
I'd like to add another vote for the OME's. I have the Nitrocharger Sports, and am extremely happy with them. DPGoffroad recommended the "Sport" upgrade. I trusted their recommendation, and I'll do so again.
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SkyJacker Softride Nitro Shock I hope there good! I think Santa is bring me some.
Is that a new different version of Skyjacker's Nitro that was notoriously way too stiff?
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Rancho 9000!! Love them!
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Any tricks to R&R the rear shocks on a TJ?
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im rocking bilstien 5100 on my jeep and ram. love them
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Any tricks to R&R the rear shocks on a TJ?
Spray the bolts on top (especially them) & the nut & bolt on the bottom a couple times with Liquid Wrench, Kroil, PB-Blaster, or Break-Free they day or at least an hour or two before you plan to do the job. The top bolts are somewhat known for being difficult to removed, not so much in Calif. like you're in though. You can replace the shocks without removing the wheels or jacking up the Jeep.
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I run Rancho RS9000's on my 05 unlimited w/hardtop and some extra weight (Bumpers and such. I really like the 9000's (Have run them on many different vehicles over the years). But, the 9000's don't have any dampening on the up-travel (or compression of the shock), so they tend to bottom out if I have a heavy load in the jeep.

I have had quite a few other Jeep owners ride in my Jeep and they say it rides like a Cadillac (Which for a Jeep, it kinda does).

I also don't have a front sway bar right now and haven't for about 3 years (broke my links and never fixed it. Let's not make that a discussion, LOL). That also made it ride a little smoother.

Now, like I have said... I have run 9000's on many different vehicles and my opinion is:
9000's work better on leaf spring vehicles (because the leaf spring gets progressively hard as it compresses).
That is not to say they don't work good on coil spring vehicles. I like them a whole lot, on mine. If I had air bump stops, I think they would be better.
When I get the $, I will try Bilsteins or something else.

So now you now my opinion and Yes... I would recommend RS9000's them to anyone!
I have had them on the Jeep for many years now!
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I think I am going to go with the bilsteins, I got a sales quote from a vendor for $275 plus free shipping, I don't think I can beat that. Any idea how much RC 2.2 shocks go for with about 2k miles on them?
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I think I am going to go with the bilsteins, I got a sales quote from a vendor for $275 plus free shipping, I don't think I can beat that. Any idea how much RC 2.2 shocks go for with about 2k miles on them?
Which vendor is that thru, and is that for the bilsteins valved for the wrangler?
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Just make sure the vendor you're purchasing the Bilstein 5100's from has them in stock... We ordered ours and they were on back order for two months. Two months. It was a long wait...
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Which vendor is that thru, and is that for the bilsteins valved for the wrangler?
Kolak, and yes for the wrangler
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Is that a new different version of Skyjacker's Nitro that was notoriously way too stiff?
WHAT?!?!? Do my Eyes decieve me! Is that Jerry ASKING a question!!!!!!!!!! LOL
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I think I am going to go with the bilsteins, I got a sales quote from a vendor for $275 plus free shipping, I don't think I can beat that. Any idea how much RC 2.2 shocks go for with about 2k miles on them?
Bilstein 5100 with the correct part #, specifically for Jeep Wrangler. There are other versions of bilstein shock such HD that will not give you a softer ride.
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just ran across this thread that is almost a week old.....rough country shocks ride rough...OME are made for an old man.....ironic isn't it? I have OME and couldn't be happier!!
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hard ride I hope not

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Is that a new different version of Skyjacker's Nitro that was notoriously way too stiff?
I was looking for a softer ride so I hope the phrase soft ride is true.
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I was looking for a softer ride so I hope the phrase soft ride is true.
Thats a good point.. how would one describe a "soft" ride?

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"I have terrible shocks that are definition of rough. Just awful. For Sale!"[/QUOTE]

That's funny!
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Another thing to consider is the warranty on the different shocks. Rancho has a lifetime on theirs, not sure about the others mentioned.
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Mine are Rancho 5000 and ride pretty good. Got all 4 and new steering stabilizer for 169 shipped during Rancho rebate time. Replaced tired factory shocks, so that's all I have to compare them to.
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i dont have any personal experience with them but i read on another thread that factory jk shocks will provide a verry nice ride to tjs with 2-3 inches of lift and can be bought for extremely cheap can anyone confirm this. it is something i have been considering trying i have skyjackers right now and although they work great i wouldnt mind a little nicer ride especially if its as cheap as i have seen factory jk shocks go for a craigslist
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I was looking for a softer ride so I hope the phrase soft ride is true.
I have the Skyjacker hydros on my TJ. I'm not happy with the on road ride because they are valve sensing. In other words, when you are driving down the road and hit a hole or bump, it will unseat you. However, once the shock senses the terrain, after about 5-10 minutes, it softens or stiffens up accordingly. Still, I got the shocks on sale for $16 each through 4wheel parts after rebate this past summer. Which is why I'm not bashing them. They are good for the money.

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