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Old 09-18-2010, 08:36 AM   #1
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Stock or Hydro Shocks?

Hey guys, first off I want to thank everyone on the forum that's helped me out with the rig. You've all been helpful since day one. As for my question, here it is...

Right now I'm running 33" duratracs on stock suspension (needless to say; I haven't been able to get her dirty in a while). I'm finally gonna go ahead and buy me a set of 2.25" budget boosters and a 1.25" BL (money is tight). My dilema however, is wether or not I should buy a set of Skyjacker Hydro shocks to go along with them. The money isn't the problem, but I'm scared that my ride quality will decrease. I love the way the Jeep rides with the stock shocks, but I also don't want to fuck her up by going offroad with the wrong set of shocks on.

Do you guys think I should go the route of the Hydros or just put the BB with the stocks? And if I do change, can anyone tell me how the ride quality is with the Hydros?

[P.S: In Miami it's not as much of rockcrawling as it is mudding and light hills, etc]

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Old 09-18-2010, 10:37 AM   #2
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I am not sure how many miles are on the current shocks. I would replace the shocks with new ones. Most shocks are hydraulic anyway. You may want to look into getting shocks for a rig with a 3-4" lift. I would avoid nitrogen gas shocks personally. I had some and they were a bit bouncy for my taste.


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Old 09-18-2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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If you want to make sure your ride quality is not compromised put on Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks. That way you can have a ride as soft or as hard as you want. What I consider soft and the next person considers soft may be two different things. With the Ranchos you can dial it in to whatever you like. When you buy a standard shock you are stuck with whatever valving they put in the shock. It may be good or it may be bad, but either way you are stuck with it. With my Ranchos I ride it totally soft in town. Then half way for highway driving and totally hard for hard core off road. They also are not too expensive. I got mine at I will never go back to normal shocks for the Jeep after I have had adjustable ones.
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:46 PM   #4
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I just replace my stock shocks (only had 60K) on them with Rancho RS5000 shocks and I think it rides better. They dont seem to stiff or harsh. Last weekend I went wheeling on some pretty rocky trails and thought the shocks worked great (so did my wife). Droping of rocks and ledges was much beter with the new shocks. I have been very please with them so far, time will tell how they hold up.
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:27 PM   #5
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Like the Skyjacker Hydro's on my Rubi.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:33 AM   #6
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I have the Hydros on my TJ with a 2"BB and 33"Duratracs as well, and I love em, I have the Nitro's on my wifes, and they are a bit stiff for my liking - I wouldnt do it again.
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:07 PM   #7
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i put hydros on my '97, much better ride. cheap too.
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #8
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I just installed the Skyjacker 2" budget lift with hydro 7000 shocks last week. After just a week I am ready to take the shocks off. You feel every bump in the road. By the time you get where your going you feel like you just got off an exercise machine from the past. One of those shakers that work your waistline. Are the Rancho 5000's any better?
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:31 PM   #9
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Had skyjacker hydros in the past loved them !!!!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:15 AM   #10
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I agree with doclouie...the Rancho 9000's are 10 way adjustable..they have been on my 03 GMC Duramax for 30,000 miles..Set them for 3 or 4 around town or highway...crank them up to 8,9 or 10 when hauling or towing..Much better then the Monroe self adjusters that Wheel Works ripped me for..
They are part of the plan on my new 01 TJ.

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