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Old 04-03-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Replacing Shocks

Now that the weathers finally starting to get nice again I'm feeling motivated to start tackling some of the work I need to do to my rig.

First thing I was looking at doing is replacing the shocks on it. I currently have a 2in BB with a 1.25in BL and only do mild offroading while still being a daily driver. I was just looking for any suggestions you guys might have for a new set of shocks

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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Budget? Rancho 9000XL and Bilstein are the common choices.

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:39 PM   #3
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X2 on the Bilstein Shocks. I run 5100's on my TJ and really like them. If you're looking for something cheaper, the Zone Shocks are pretty popular as well. Let me know what questions you have or if you'd like a quote!

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:43 PM   #4
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I recently changed out old (probably worn out) zone hydro shocks for the rancho 9000xl's and WOW. The ride is much smoother and more controlled.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
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As far as a budget goes I'd like to spend somewhere around $70-$80 per shock, and those Bilsteins do look pretty good. Although if I ended up going with them it looks like I'd be waiting til about June to get them in since they're on backorder. I might just wait for them to get back in stock and go that route.

One more question though. What's the difference between hydro and gas charged shocks?
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:31 PM   #6
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Set of 4 rancho 9 setting 9000 after current rancho rebate is only 228 with free shipping but may have sales tax

So only $57 each plus maybe local sales tax

Best deal I could find
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:18 PM   #7
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X3 on Bilstein 5100's
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:31 PM   #8
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Here's some info. It's old but the facts remain the same. It explains the difference between hydraulic and gas pressurized around the 4min mark.

I went with Bilstein 5100's as well. I chose them over the Rancho XL9000 for their valving design and rate, which suits my vehicle and it's uses quite well. I hope you enjoy whatever shocks you purchase.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:22 PM   #9
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Whatever you do, be sure to spray some PB blaster on the shock nuts and bolts prior to trying to take them off. The rear uppers can be a PITA and you can break them. I also run 5100's and like them very much.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:43 PM   #10
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lol, it'd probably help to insert the link...

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Old 04-04-2014, 10:22 AM   #11
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I just did bilsteins all around. Reservoir 5160's in the front and the 5100's in the rear. And let me tell you, the rears are such a pain! I snapped one bolt off the top mount so I only have one bolt holding it on now. So probably just going to weld it up there lol. But I would recommend the 5100s for you as well. Great shocks
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You can do Rubicon Express Mono Tubes which are now "white boxed" 5100s. The issue is, the only ones that are available for the specific height you need, can not be broken out of the RE BB kit. So you would have to go to 2-3 shocks. RXJ703/04.

If you went to 3" springs then these would work for you. Otherwise the 5100s you need are two weeks out, as you already know!

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