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Old 09-15-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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Replacing Stock Shocks

so i think its time to replace my stock shocks on my 98 Wrangler. No lift, no mods. completely stock. looking for something to replace them with that wont break the bank and good for daily driving. Car doesnt go offroad. Can you guys suggest a few shocks that are good for DD?

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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Daily driver, standard shock - Monroe sensatrac.

(might get flamed for that one, but for street machines I think its a good shock.)

Personally I'd avoid Gabriel, and any autozone/Adavance auto brand shock.

Rancho is good (IIRC made by Monroe or vise/versa, but more offroad intended.)

OME is good, purely based on what I've read here....I have no personal experience with them.

Edelbrock is having a clearance on their IAS shocks. they are a quality shock IMO. price cannot be beat.
http://store.edelbrock.com/jeep.aspx

I didn't look to see if they had one for your application as I'm 1/2 lazy.

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Old 09-15-2009, 04:02 PM   #3
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so i think its time to replace my stock shocks on my 98 Wrangler. No lift, no mods. completely stock. looking for something to replace them with that wont break the bank and good for daily driving. Car doesnt go offroad. Can you guys suggest a few shocks that are good for DD?

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Old 09-15-2009, 04:50 PM   #4
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Monroe sensatrac. cheap and a perfect stock replacement i dont care what anyone else says about them. napa sells them, im sure theres others that have them too. the only hard part, well not hard you just need the rite tools, is getting the upper bolts out of the rear shocks. i think its a 1/2" bolt but you need at least 2 feet worth of extensions for your ratchet to reach the bolt because the gas tank and some other stuff is in the way. its very easy as long as you have enough extensions.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:01 PM   #5
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i tried monroe sensatracs for street. i hated them. my 70k mile stock shocks had a lot more control. so i put the old shocks back on.
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First, know that there's no need to jack the Jeep up to change your shocks. It can be done with the Jeep on the ground and tires in place. Just a little time saving tip.

A decent riding shock that won't break the bank is Skyjacker's Hydro (not Nitro!), and the newer Rough Country 2.2 shocks. Shocks that are way too stiff for a Wrangler include the Skyjacker Nitro, Older Rough Country shocks (non-2.2). Rubicon Express twin-tube, Rancho R5000, ProComp ES3000 and ES9000. Higher end shocks (>$70 each) that ride well are Rancho's R9000x, ProComp MX-6, Old Man Emu, Bilstein 5100 (ONLY the version specifically made for Wranglers), and Rubicon Express Monotube.
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A decent riding shock that won't break the bank is Skyjacker's Hydro (not Nitro!), and the newer Rough Country 2.2 shocks.

I have a 2.5" Rough Country suspension kit coming Thursday for my 1993 Wrangler. I was just assuming I would need to spend another $400-$500 for some decent shocks later on given their reputation. How would I know if I am getting the "2.2" version? I did not upgrade to Nitros, thank god.
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How would I know if I am getting the "2.2" version?
Uh, ask who sold you the kit?
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To bransford; thanks for tip. Just changed both front shocks w out jacking up my jeep. I changd one side at a time and turned wheel to expose shock on each side. I have a 98 w 125,000 on the tub (new motor) and bleve or not but it had original Chrysler shocks on it! I did the job in 3 hours. Always remember, don't sweat old rusty bolts. Jesus would have loved a saws-all w a metal blade! Best tip ever! Thanks.
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To bransford; thanks for tip. Just changed both front shocks w out jacking up my jeep. I changd one side at a time and turned wheel to expose shock on each side. I have a 98 w 125,000 on the tub (new motor) and bleve or not but it had original Chrysler shocks on it! I did the job in 3 hours. Always remember, don't sweat old rusty bolts. Jesus would have loved a saws-all w a metal blade! Best tip ever! Thanks.
Which shocks did you go with?

Mine were already on their way out at 82k so I put some Bilstein HD's on it. Best stock replacement IMO.

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