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Old 01-01-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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New shocks for stock suspensions

Looking to replace stock shocks. I occasionally tow a trailer with a 4 wheeler, drive offroad, but most of my rigs driving is on pavement. What shocks do you recommend?

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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I've heard the Ranchos are not valved correctly for the TJ and will ride stiffly. Any other opinions, has anyone else heard this?
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:00 PM   #4
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I've heard the Ranchos are not valved correctly for the TJ and will ride stiffly. Any other opinions, has anyone else heard this?
I couldnt imagine a set of RS 5000's on a light, short wheel base TJ. I had a set on my chevy 1/2 ton 4x4 ext cab. Quite possibly the worst ride ive ever encountered. Need a damn kidney belt.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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I bought temporary Gabriel Ultra's and they have a pretty rough ride.
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I went with BDS suspension shocks and steering stabilizer this time around. They are valved specifically for your jeeps weight. much more so than the others.I like them a lot. My ride is way improved over the Rancho shocks I had on it previously. Hope this helps
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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You have 8 posts.

You're recommending the worst shock possible for a tj.

You need to read around more before posting..
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:30 PM   #8
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You have 8 posts.

You're recommending the worst shock possible for a tj.

You need to read around more before posting..
Baahahahaha
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:15 AM   #9
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I think old man emu makes tock rider height springs and shocks. Might be wrong tho
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I am interested in the recommendations on this issue also. Derp's reply is worthless unless you need 1700 worthless post in order to contribute to this forum.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #11
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No brainer...bilstein 5100
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Quality is not always based on price alone, but in the case of shocks, you pretty much have to hit a certain price point before you start noticing a difference/improvement over basic shocks.

At about $75 per shock, you reach a level of shock that will generally have proper valving for your application and have a 'better than stock' ride.

Your 'basic' shocks are going to be those in the $20-$40/each range. They will all ride about the same...most are made in the same factory in Mexico and are the same other than different stickers.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:04 AM   #13
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I have 2" spacers that the previous owner installed, to clear 33" tires. The shocks need to be replaced. With stock sized replacements work or is there a different size I should get?

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Here. Bilstein HD or 5100's, or some cheapos. That's about it. Unless you go rancho 9***xl's on 2" lift
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I think old man emu makes tock rider height springs and shocks. Might be wrong tho
they do not. fronts will fit, but the rears need a minimum of 1.25" bumpstop extension.

for stock height shocks, look at Bilstein 4600 HD series on the high end, or Monroe Sensa-Trac on the low end. Skyjacker Hydro's would also be a low end option.
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Bundy I agree but some people just know everything about everything...Some Don't work every day with their rides and pull trailers ect. Those cheap one's...well...U get what U pay for. Most of us (in this economy) Don't have $400 to lay out so we take the $200.00 sure thing that lasts Have 2 sets one on jeep and one set on Dodge Dakota 4x4 enuf said
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enuf said?
Most people are on here to learn. I am a new Jeep owner (2000Sport) I come here everyday to read and learn, hoping to be prepared for when I need a part or wisdom.
I have been reading up a lot recently about good shocks for my Jeep ( in preparation of changing them).
There are a lot of hardcore Jeepers on here who have tried and failed with different products. They help teach us and prevent us from following their mistakes. The shocks you recommended are not a popular choice. A clear cut choice is the Bilstein brand. I recently had a 3/4 ton Dodge Cummins, I read a lot about shocks for that truck before replacing them. Do you know what brand was the clear cut favorite? Bilstein.
Generally shocks are not an urgent purchase, you can save longer to get the best for your situation. Buy once, buy right.
Please do a search for shocks and spend some time reading with what worked for other Jeepers, and maybe what did not. GL.

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