I went with Bilstein 5100's because of the valve design and rate. I personally don't know why folks say they are stiff, but then I have an LJ with a hardtop
. I bought them to hold me over until I square everything else away and change out the PO's spring setup because the shocks were broken on the rig when I bought it. @ ~$300 for a set they are reasonable to me and they are built very well for the price point.