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Old 07-11-2010, 09:40 AM   #1
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Rubicon Express or Skyjacker?

I am debating on which small lift to go with,
Skyjacker 2.25 inch BB lift w/ hydros ...
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Rubicon Express 2 inch BB with twin tube shocks

Which shocks are better and more comfortable?
Also how are the mono tubes and rancho 9000?

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I hear the Skyjacker hydros are pretty good so I'll cast my vote for those...just avoid the Skyjacker nitros. I hear they're pretty stiff.

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I'm no fan of Skyjacker's suspension lifts but for a spacer lift, it'd be fine. Their Hydro shocks ride pretty well too. I'm an RE fan but RE's twin-tube shocks are extremely stiff riding so I would pass on them.

RE's monotube shocks ride very well, they were in my TJ that was stolen and they rode very well. Rancho's R9000 shocks are tough to beat, especially if you can also afford to install their remote cab-mounted shock adjustment kit.
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Hey jerry, Do you no where i can get the ranchos for a TJ?
I looked on google, but could find anything for TJs
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Hey jerry, Do you no where i can get the ranchos for a TJ?
I looked on google, but could find anything for TJs
Any Rancho dealer can get them for your TJ, their p/ns should be available on Rancho Suspension: Off Road Shock Absorbers & Off Road Suspension Systems.
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Jerry, Do you think it is worth it to spend 350$ on the ranchos, because you get a 100$ rebate,and that come without the 2 " BB... and the BB's cost 85$ separately.
or get the RE mono tube shocks with 2"BB for 325$.
So my question, Are the mono's good enough to compare to the ranchos?
comfort wise
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Whether they are worth the cost should also be factored on how long you plan to stay at 2". If you plan to eventually get to something like a 4" lift height, then I'd say no for now and wait until you get to the taller lift height you plan to stay at.

The RE Monotubes are very good and good enough for either height but the Rancho R9000s are an even better all-around shock since you can set them softer for the street and a little stiffer for some trail conditions. My RE Monotubes were great for most things except trying to stay up with friends on the whoopty-do's on the bumpy dirt roads in the desert between trails. Those who had no problem doing faster speeds on the whoops either run Rancho R9000 or OME Nitrochargers but I couldn't keep up with my RE Monotubes. The RE Monotubes were fine at everything else though. I'm looking forward to seeing how my new OME Nitrocharger shocks do on those same whoops... though they are definitely a bit stiffer on the street than I like.
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I really don't off road to often and if i did it is on a light dirt road type of trail in Connecticut because there really isn't much around hear. so i am really looking for road comfort and i am proly going to stay with 2 inch lift for a while.
so are the mono's comfortable on the road and some bumpier road conditions? or should i just go with the ranchos?
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The Monotubes are fine for both conditions. I ran them for years and liked them 99.99% of the time. That .01% when I didn't like them was just when I was trying to haul ass on some of my local desert washboard dirt roads.
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I got my rancho 9000s for just over $60 a shock shipped. Go to my4by.com. Cheaper than anywhere else and the customer service was excellent. I love my adjustable 9000s and probably will never go back to a standard shock on my Jeep. They can be softer than stock or hard enough to remove that loose tooth you have.
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If the R9000 shocks can be found for only $60, that's how I would go. I haven''t priced them in years, I thought they were $80 or so.
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$82 for the shock before Rancho's $100 rebate.
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I have the RE 2"BB with the monotubes and it rides like the stock shocks I took off. The whole kit cost $225.
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RE Hands down.
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RE... Lift

The previous owner that had my TJ put on Crappy after market shocks, and they are now worn out, but i never had the jeep when it had the stock shocks on it. So how does it ride?
Because right now my jeep rides very stiff, so stiff my mom doesn't even like riding in it some times!! And she's owned jeeps her hole life! So is it comfortable enough that you won't bounce around like a rag doll when you drive over a small pot hole?
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RE Hands down.
x2...or how about teraflex?.
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x2...or how about teraflex?.
Between RE and Skyjacker? It's not even a contest, RE is head and shoulders the better manufacturer and designer of suspension lifts.

Teraflex? I used to run Teraflex lifts and used to recommend them but no more. They just started having too many problems with designs that didn't get fixed until too many customers had breakages, bends, etc.. In other words, I don't think they test their products much before starting to sell them. Plus they have, in strictly my personal opinion, "appropriated" designs from others and not paid royalties to the designers. To me, Tera is the last company I would buy anything from any more. I used to be on a first-name basis with half the company but no more, the ones I knew all left.

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