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Old 01-17-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Opinions Needed: Bilstein Shocks or "Performance" Shocks...

Guys, I'm going to purchase a 4" lift. One package comes with the Bilstein shocks, the other comes with "Performance Shocks". I wanted the one with Bilsteins, but apparently they are on backorder and won't be available for another 2-3 weeks. If all else is equal, is the Bilstein going to make a big difference over the "Performance Shocks"? I'd rather not have to wait 2-3 weeks, so if there isn't going to be a big difference, I'm willing to go with the "Performance Shocks". Any input would greatly be appreciated!!!

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Old 01-17-2011, 07:45 PM   #2
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In general, hydro shocks, the performance shocks (mopar kit?) offer a softer ride, gas shocks offer a stiffer ride, but you have a better feel for the terrain and the gas shocks (Bilstiens) build up less heat and perform better. Hydro better highway, gas better trail.

This is a very broad generalization.

Bilsteins have a very good reputation as one of the best shocks overall for a JK

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Old 01-17-2011, 08:19 PM   #3
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Just found out that the "Performance" shocks are "Gabriel" brand... are those any good? Does that change the analysis?
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:23 PM   #4
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Gabriel shocks are cheap OEM replacements... won't offer anything more than the stock ones.

Bilsteins, depending on model can be very good shocks. If they are mono-tubes, even better.
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