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Old 08-19-2014, 08:50 PM   #1
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Anybody happy with rough country shocks?

I was going to put off any sort of lift until next year but my 14yr old factory TJ shocks are shot. I've spent a ton getting the suspension and drivetrain back up to par so my budget is a little thin. The Jeep has 31's on it that rub only in tight turns. I found rough country's 2.5 lift kit with four new shocks in various places for 299.00. Does anybody have this and like it? Seems to be a lot of rough country bashing on here. Although there aren't many options in that price range. A few no name eBay kits that scare me. Lol. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

Links to the two I've considered. Thoughts?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271530485377

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331251180126

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Old 08-19-2014, 09:17 PM   #2
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They're junk...

go with zone hydros or skyjacker hydros instead

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Old 08-19-2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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Bummer. Are those skyjacker shocks I found on eBay decent? Second link. Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:01 PM   #4
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The skyjacker hydros would be a much better choice over the rough country shocks...
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:34 PM   #5
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RC shocks are misleading in their name (number), the 2.0 shocks are the more rugged and higher rated for off road use while the 2.2 shocks are a little softer for more street use, they usually include the 2.2 with the lift kits and you have to call and ask them to substitute 2.0 shocks instead.

The Skyjackers are good, and Rancho's are better, and Blisteen is better than that, as the price climbs with the quality, if your not doing a lot of high articulating wheeling then you can usually get away with stock quality shocks from Monroe or another OEM quality supplier/manufacturer.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:35 AM   #6
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If on a budget, the Zone hydros are a pretty good shock that won't rattle your teeth like Rough Country's will.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:30 AM   #7
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Rough Country 2.5in lift

I installed this kit on my 02 TJ w/2.0 shocks and springs. Rode rough and a little bouncy for 1500 miles. Then it settled in and has been great since. On and off road. Everyone like to bash Rough Country because of a problem they had a few years ago with their shocks. The problem has been fixed as far as I can tell and you can't beat the price!
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I installed this kit on my 02 TJ w/2.0 shocks and springs. Rode rough and a little bouncy for 1500 miles. Then it settled in and has been great since. On and off road. Everyone like to bash Rough Country because of a problem they had a few years ago with their shocks. The problem has been fixed as far as I can tell and you can't beat the price!
Did you have to buy any other parts? T case lower etc.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:59 PM   #9
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I also have the rc. I have no complaints
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:29 PM   #10
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I have an almost new set of RC shocks out of the 4" lift kit that I just took off at 1100 miles because the ride was so bad. I replaced them with OME shocks and the ride is so much better.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:47 PM   #11
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I have rough country

I have no complaints. . only time it is bad is on a really bad road..(haven't haf any issues offroad but I also dont go to as extreme as some on here do) the PO put them on.. and he did a good job I think.. so as long as you dont plan to rock climb or your town sucks at redoing roads I think you will be fine..

that said if it was stock and I had the money to put a lift on I would probably go a different rout.. just with how much people hate on them
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I wheel fairly hard (lots of rock), and don't have trouble from mine, from RC I run - upper & lower control arms, brake lines, springs, shocks, track bars (front & rear), steering brace, belly up, coil correction plates, bar-pin eliminators, body lift, motor mount lift, wheel spacers, 4.88 R&P & master install kits, maybe something else I'm not remembering, all RC, all trouble free.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:12 PM   #13
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I understand you get what you pay for. It's just not in the budget to spend a grand on a lift kit. My Jeep is my daily driver. In the winter it's my snowmobile threw 25 country miles of small two lane country roads to work one way. We plan to take it on camping trips and do some trail rides, nothing crazy. So to me I'm just looking for a decent shock and a small lift to eliminate tire rub. Is there any other brand in the lower price range I should consider?
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #14
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The best 2 options are the RC 3.25" lift kit with a 1.25" body lift and 1" motor mount lift
and the 4.25" Zone combo lift with a 1" motor mount lift

I recently got a good look at and some time with a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift, also a good
lift to consider.
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I have the rough country x series 4" lift and have no complaints at all! I just went with the standard shocks and it is great. I bought it expecting to replace the shocks with something better just from what i was reading on here, but once i installed everything i was completly 100% happy with them! only thing i had to buy extra for the whole kit was a JKS rear CV style track bar bracket to accommodate with my CV driveshaft. but thats not RCs fault at all, that was my own for not knowing about them. I would buy RC again in a heart beat
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:22 PM   #16
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I'd weld in some rebar before I'd run RC shocks again.
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I do have the RC 2.5" lift with the 2.0 shocks. Put it on about 6 years ago. I feel every bump on the road and off road I can't wait to air down. It's a great lift if you're young and toe dipping into off roading for the first time, but at 50 I'm looking for a smoother ride. Thinking of some 3 inch BDS springs and Rancho9000's
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Well crap. Lol. I can't really afford much more than that. Not sure how I feel about the cup spacers on the cheaper zone and skyjacker kits. Maybe I'll just have to change to another stock shock for now.
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I'm running the RC 2.5 inch lift with the 2.0 shocks and I love it, I think it rides awesome, I honestly could not be happier with it, I have no drive shaft vibrations and I didn't drop my T-case or do any MM lifts. It is perfect for me
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:41 PM   #21
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I'm running the RC 2.5 inch lift with the 2.0 shocks and I love it, I think it rides awesome, I honestly could not be happier with it, I have no drive shaft vibrations and I didn't drop my T-case or do any MM lifts. It is perfect for me
Did you get the kit with shocks and springs or just shocks and cups?
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Im running bilstein 7100 shocks and Metalcloak springs and compared to my buddies which is rough country all around its like apples and oranges! My jeep rides smooth and comfortable where his is lick sitting on a jack hammer.
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Junk. I threw mine away after one N2.0 shock started to leak oil after approximately 6000 miles. When I removed it from the jeep it had no pressure just stayed compressed. I replaced it with Bilstein 5100. Way better ride and higher quality shocks.
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Did you get the kit with shocks and springs or just shocks and cups?
I got the shocks and coil springs, no spacers for me
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:22 PM   #25
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Found this on eBay. A few of you have recommended zone. Thoughts?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251622004011
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I got the shocks and coil springs, no spacers for me
Happen to have a pic of your jeep I could see? Thanks
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happen to have a pic of your jeep i could see? Thanks
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Thanks for the pics! Man, that's exactly what I'm looking for. Hell, can't be worse than the ride I have now with four blown shocks. Like riding in a small boat in a hurricane. LOL
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Running the RC 4" lift and 33's for 8+ years no problems or complaints.
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Running the RC 4" lift and 33's for 8+ years no problems or complaints.
Looks nice!

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