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Old 01-23-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Shock Comparison

Can someone point me to a thread that has a good comparison of shocks for a 2.5 inch lift? I used the search but couldn't find one thread with a comprehensive comparison. Namely I'm looking at:

1. Rancho XL90000 Adjustables (there may be a forum member on here that kinda likes these....I can't remember who that might be....)

2. Bilstein 5100's Some love them, some say they ride too stiff.

3. Fox 2.0 I haven't seen alot of feedback on these.

I've got a 2007 JKUR used as a DD but wheeled moderately hard on on weekends. Putting on one of the 2.5 RK lifts, probably just the Flex system to start. I was originally sold on the Rancho's but now after my engine debacle I'm looking to cut some expenses where possible.

Well, point in me in the direction of thread that addresses these shocks or throw out your experiences with them.

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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I can only vouch for the Ranchos on my JK. They work very well. Ford mounts the 5000 series Ranchos on their trucks as a factory off-road kit.

I had Bilsteins on my Range Rover and they were nice in that application. Never tried the Fox brand.

I think the Ranchos and Bilsteins would be comparable cost wise, with the Fox shocks being on the higher end.

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I think it all depends on how your rig is setup.
The bilstiens on my jeep did ride on the harsher side. I was only running TF springs and no other components.
I've driven in a friends jeep with a complete AEV lift and the ride was beautiful.
Spring rate/tires/etc so many things can affect ride.

The Ranchos really smoothed things out for me. There was a rebate at the time and I got them for a great price.

I do not know anything about FOX.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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I can vouch for the Bilsteins on a JKU. Firmed up the ride and reduced body roll and that squirmy feeling.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #6
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Yeah well reading that makes me want them again. Wish I could find them for $250, that would be a no brainer.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:12 PM   #7
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Thanks SilverSport, good to get a positive review on the Bilsteins. I've always preferred a bit of a stiffer ride so I think if I go that way I should be alright too.
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My Fox's have been fantastic on the road and on the easy trails they've seen so far.

I'll let you know my final verdict once I get them up in the mountains this Spring...
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I can vouch for the Bilsteins on a JKU. Firmed up the ride and reduced body roll and that squirmy feeling.
Love the Bilsteins!
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:44 PM   #10
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I must have been looking at the wrong shock or website cause I thought the Ranchos were in the $130 range but I see them on amazon for $89. That's not a huge difference from the Bilsteins. Hmmm
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I can vouch for the Bilsteins on a JKU. Firmed up the ride and reduced body roll and that squirmy feeling.

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Old 02-06-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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I'm looking at these Fox adjustable shocks:

Jeep Wrangler JK 2013-2010 Rear Shock - 2.0 Factory Series Adjustable Reservoir Smooth Body Shock | FOX

Anyone using them on their JK, or have any feedback?

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