Hey folks, I just joined and as you figured I have many questions. I just recently bought a 2001 60th Anniversary TJ for my 15 year old son. He is very excited. We all are. It has some sort of coil spacer lift to fit the BFG 33's on it. I know that rear passenger shock is leaking and I want to put new shocks/stabilizer on it any way to firm up the handling and body lean a little. I don't want it to ride too harsh since 90% of the time will be just him back and forth to school. Occasionally some mild trail riding. I am interested in the following shocks, but am willing to hear all ideas: Rubicon Express Monotubes, Rancho RS9000X, Edelbrock IAS Extremes, ProComp MX-6's, and Bilstien 5100's. I know this is a lot and really appreciate any help on this matter. I am also not sure which of these offer a stabilizer for the steering as well. I will try to get some pics of the TJ on here soon.
I have not had any shocks on your list except the Rancho's. This is my second set of of RS9000's and love them. They are the only shock I will buy. Its nice to be able to change the ride from stiff to soft and anywhere in between.
rsx9000 here only ones other than stock that i have owned. you also mentioned stabilizer that amounts to a rs5000 shock. if you go with the rancho dont forget to get the in-cab controller for him 90% on road? you do know what you bought him right?
__________________ 2004 TJ
4" suspension lift
NTH degree c/a
2" body lift
Rancho rs9000 shocks
cold air intake
throttle body spacer
sony MEX5DI deck
big ol amp
Yes, for a non adjustable shock. I pull a loaded trailer from Chicago to Omaha about 6 times a year with my Rubi. Along with pulling a pop up camper whenever we get the chance. Its comes in real handy to be able to stiffen up the back and leave the front alone. Or drop down the shocks to extra soft when playing around on the trail.
The OME's are a great all around shock, but I'll take an adjustable one any day.
Thank you all for your input. It looks like the Rancho RS9000XL's are the prevailing choice and at $325 shipped a good deal. What type of spring lifts are you guys running with the Rancho shocks. Right now we have the spacer thing going on, but would like to upgrade to maybe something like the RE 3.5" standard kit. Any thoughts? Thanks!
The RE standard kit is very basic, and really incomplete IMO. You still need a front trac bar and rear track bar bracket and lower control arms at least. I have the 4.5 Super Flex Kit with 3.5" springs and love it. More than enough room for 33's, but I'm only running 32's. The kit I have replaced just about everything under the Jeep and I really don't need anything else. You'll find a few threads on here about RE stuff.
The RE standard kit comes with rear track bar bracket. Why not go with the superflex while you're at it? It doesn't come with shocks but you get everything else needed besides the front Track Bar...
you can find it cheaper but take a look at this. http://www.quadratec.com/products/16300_403.htm
Also keep in mind you need to know the correct shock length when ordering them for a lifted jeep. Thats where the complete lift kits come in handy, they already have that figured in.
At 3-4" inches you will need the following, front adjustable track bar, rear adjustable track bar and I would also recommend a slip yoke eliminator kit complete with a new longer rear driveshaft. I don't like the rear trackbar relocator bracket even welded on, it's better to just get the rear adjustable one and be done with it, that way if you go higher you just adjust the trackbar.
You are also going to want front sway bar disconnects, JKS is the way to go. I run them on all my jeeps, TJ's and Cherokees.
All kidding aside, I have had less trouble reconnecting the JKS's than most of the others, that big bushing and pin make it so much easier as well as the movement they give you. I had to replace the ones on the first TJ so I got JKS's, then the XJ's broke on one side so I ordered another set then the other TJ's broke on the drivers side and someone was going from 2" to 8" and sold me his for $50. The storage pins are a nice touch too to keep them up out of the way.