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Old 03-23-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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I'm looking at replacing the stock shocks and steering stabilizer on my wife's 99TJ and would like some advice on what to get. I don't want to break the bank doing this so Bilsteen's are out, etc. Also, not going to be rock crawler or anything that heavy duty, just an occassional off-roading to hunt, etc. More looking for something that will provide a smoother ride and more stability than the ones on it now.

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Old 03-24-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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Hmm a friend of mine with a 99tj has rough country everything for shocks on his And they ride pretty good, idk what he paid thou but I'll assume less than bilsteins which are at least $300 for 4, hope it helps

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I would stay away from Rough Country shocks. The PO put those on mine with the RC 2.5 lift. Personally they ride really rough for me. I just replaced them with the skyjacker hydros, and it is a huge difference. Much softer ride now. I would have loved to go with Bilsteins or OME, but at the time, didn't have the cash. My rear shock was completely shot, so had to do it right away. if you go with the skyjacker, get the hydros, not nitros.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #4
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Do yourself a favor and wait a few weeks to save up enough cash to do it right the first time. Get the better shocks, like Bilstein, OME, etc. You will thank yourself in the end. I got a 99 TJ and my experience with 9 different brands of shocks told me to save my $$ and get Bilsteins. They are on their way to my doorstep now and I know for sure that I will not have to replace them anytime in the near future.
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IMO save a bit longer and spring for either OME, Bilstein, or some like the Rancho 9000s. If you can't do that, apparently the Skyjacker Hydros are decent. Most of the expensive shocks give a better ride on road compared to the white box $20 shock, definitely not all about off road. I love my OME NitroSports.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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You are right about the skyjacker's riding nice, but the problem is they are built cheap and will rust very quickly and leak. I loved how nice they rode but hated replacing them because the shock shaft would leak after one winter season and cause the seal to leak.
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I put Bilsteins a month ago, best purchase I made for the jeep
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I put Bilsteins a month ago, best purchase I made for the jeep
Mind me asking which ones you went with? I put the 5100's on the xj and OMG they are amazing. I got a set of the stock sized HD version for the TJ (daily driver so no lift on this one).
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Mind me asking which ones you went with? I put the 5100's on the xj and OMG they are amazing. I got a set of the stock sized HD version for the TJ (daily driver so no lift on this one).
I have no lift, went with the HD ones. Best shocks I ever had
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Thank you. I was worried for a second cuz one dude posted a thread here and in Jeepforum about his awful experience with the HD version on his stock rig. I'm betting he got the wrong valved shock.

I can't wait to get them on the jeep cuz my stock shocks are pooped out. I'm just praying that I don't snap the uppers.
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I have BDS springs and shocks and it rides great.
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Thank you. I was worried for a second cuz one dude posted a thread here and in Jeepforum about his awful experience with the HD version on his stock rig. I'm betting he got the wrong valved shock.

I can't wait to get them on the jeep cuz my stock shocks are pooped out. I'm just praying that I don't snap the uppers.

Use lots of PB Blaster. Youll need an allen key to hold back on the top of the shaft on front shocks when installing them. I learned this the hard way. I installed mine in around 45 minutes. Noticed the difference right away
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So are the Bilsteins really worth that much extra coin? I can get a full set of Skyjacker 7000 Hydros with steering stabilizer for roughly $250 less than just 4 Bilstein 5100's. I know what the ride is like on the Bilstein's since they came on my 11 Tacoma, but couldn't say about the Skyjacker 7000's since I've never owned them. I feel certain the 7000's have to be better than the stocks currently on the Jeep!
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Where's the best/cheapest place to get the 5100's?
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:22 AM   #15
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Great information in this thread guys so thanks for sharing!

Here's what I'd like to know about the Bilsteins specifically:

My stock shocks are shot and I need to replace them very soon with ones that handle and ride awesome on the highway (I will be doing zero off-roading). But I'm considering (key word) a 2" spring or spacer lift in about a year or so and what I want to know is if there is a shock that is good from stock to 2 inches and if so which Bilstein part # is it? I think the 5100s may be my best option (specifically part #24-186810).
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #16
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You can get 5100's at 4wd hardware (or 4WP) for $299. They got a deal going on right now. Eshocks.com has em for about $315 shipped. That's where I got my first set of 5100's for the xj.

The skyjacker Hydro shocks are valved nicely for jeeps BUT are built cheaply, hence the cost. You get what you pay for. I had two sets of these and both rusted up badly within a year. The shock shaft is the first to go, which causes leaks if you flex your suspension often. If you go fast off road, you don't want these shocks since they will heat up quickly and fade. They work great for a daily driven vehicle though or one that never sees salt or lots of h20.

For the 2" spring spacer question, Bilstein 5100's for 0-2" of lift will work perfectly for your application.

Bilstein*Shocks:*96-06*Wrangler TJ 4WD - Front Lift: 0-2 inches / Rear Lift: 0-2 inches* - eShocks.com:

What they offer for the TJ:

eshocks.com: Bilstein Shocks and Struts: Wrangler TJ (lifted suspension)
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I just got some rancho rs9000xls which have been highly recommended by alot of people on here. There's a 100 buck rebate going on right now too! So you can get all 4 for 100
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I just got some rancho rs9000xls which have been highly recommended by alot of people on here. There's a 100 buck rebate going on right now too! So you can get all 4 for 100
Where did you find that deal? 100 dollars for 4?
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You can get 5100's at 4wd hardware (or 4WP) for $299. They got a deal going on right now. Eshocks.com has em for about $315 shipped. That's where I got my first set of 5100's for the xj.

The skyjacker Hydro shocks are valved nicely for jeeps BUT are built cheaply, hence the cost. You get what you pay for. I had two sets of these and both rusted up badly within a year. The shock shaft is the first to go, which causes leaks if you flex your suspension often. If you go fast off road, you don't want these shocks since they will heat up quickly and fade. They work great for a daily driven vehicle though or one that never sees salt or lots of h20.

For the 2" spring spacer question, Bilstein 5100's for 0-2" of lift will work perfectly for your application.

Bilstein*Shocks:*96-06*Wrangler TJ 4WD - Front Lift: 0-2 inches / Rear Lift: 0-2 inches* - eShocks.com:

What they offer for the TJ:

eshocks.com: Bilstein Shocks and Struts: Wrangler TJ (lifted suspension)
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Where did you find that deal? 100 dollars for 4?
Yeah, where's that deal? I can handle that! Do tell!
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So are the Bilsteins really worth that much extra coin? I can get a full set of Skyjacker 7000 Hydros with steering stabilizer for roughly $250 less than just 4 Bilstein 5100's. I know what the ride is like on the Bilstein's since they came on my 11 Tacoma, but couldn't say about the Skyjacker 7000's since I've never owned them. I feel certain the 7000's have to be better than the stocks currently on the Jeep!
Where are you getting your prices. 5100's are only around $300 shipped for my JKU. If you can get Skyjackers for $50, I want them!
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Where did you find that deal? 100 dollars for 4?
Pretty sure he means $100 EACH after the rebate.
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So I've figured I can get the Bilstein 5100s for around $315 out the door but I also discovered by playing with a discount code & making multiple purchases at Advanced Auto I can get a set of Rancho 9000XLs for about $345 (without a rebate). If you had to choose which set would be the best for a normal DD type driver? I really want to get the most bang for the buck and I can't help but think the 9000s are better (they must be since they're 3900 above the Bilsteins! ).

I should add for those that want the 9000s, here's the trick I found:

go to Advanceautoparts.com and find the shocks you want. Buy ONE at $115.99 each and enter the promo code VISA which gives you $30 off $75 purchase and you get free shipping! Do four separate orders total and you can save $120 off the set with no shipping charges. That promo code is totally the gift that keeps on giving by the way.
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Where are you getting your prices. 5100's are only around $300 shipped for my JKU. If you can get Skyjackers for $50, I want them!
First places I looked at they were $350 for a set vs $100 (after rebates) for the 7000's, never said $50, so do the math from there. Instead of being a SA, help a newcomer out and tell them where to get better deals like that!!!

As for the Bilstein's, if the shocks are as much of a PITA as the steering stabilizer are to replace, I will be going the cheaper route and have someone put them on. I still haven't gotten the stock stabilizer off, gonna have to get it done by a shop. Have tried all the techniques listed on here to remove one and still haven't gotten it, all but the sawzall method, don't own one and might as well pay someone else to remove it instead of buying a sawzall.

Thanks for the suggestions, this is a great place with a wealth of knowledge!!!
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First places I looked at they were $350 for a set vs $100 (after rebates) for the 7000's, never said $50, so do the math from there. Instead of being a SA, help a newcomer out and tell them where to get better deals like that!!!

As for the Bilstein's, if the shocks are as much of a PITA as the steering stabilizer are to replace, I will be going the cheaper route and have someone put them on. I still haven't gotten the stock stabilizer off, gonna have to get it done by a shop. Have tried all the techniques listed on here to remove one and still haven't gotten it, all but the sawzall method, don't own one and might as well pay someone else to remove it instead of buying a sawzall.

Thanks for the suggestions, this is a great place with a wealth of knowledge!!!
What's the issue with removing the stabilizer? Mine took some muscle, big hammer, and a tie rod puller but it came off.

Remove shock bolt, pry out of axle bracket. Remove drag link stud bolt and apply pretty to it via a tie rod puller then wack the drag link near the stud really hard with a hammer and pop it loose. If it comes to it, just remove the drag link from the vehicle, put it on two bricks or in a vice, and pound that mother out.
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So I've figured I can get the Bilstein 5100s for around $315 out the door but I also discovered by playing with a discount code & making multiple purchases at Advanced Auto I can get a set of Rancho 9000XLs for about $345 (without a rebate). If you had to choose which set would be the best for a normal DD type driver? I really want to get the most bang for the buck and I can't help but think the 9000s are better (they must be since they're 3900 above the Bilsteins! ).

I should add for those that want the 9000s, here's the trick I found:

go to Advanceautoparts.com and find the shocks you want. Buy ONE at $115.99 each and enter the promo code VISA which gives you $30 off $75 purchase and you get free shipping! Do four separate orders total and you can save $120 off the set with no shipping charges. That promo code is totally the gift that keeps on giving by the way.
If you want a shock that can be adjusted for different uses, then grab the Ranchs. If you want to bolt on a shock and have an outstanding ride at all times, get the Bilsteins.

I don't think you can go wrong either way.

I personally think the Ranchos are a bit overpriced for what they are. That's just me though.
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First places I looked at they were $350 for a set vs $100 (after rebates) for the 7000's, never said $50, so do the math from there. Instead of being a SA, help a newcomer out and tell them where to get better deals like that!!!

As for the Bilstein's, if the shocks are as much of a PITA as the steering stabilizer are to replace, I will be going the cheaper route and have someone put them on. I still haven't gotten the stock stabilizer off, gonna have to get it done by a shop. Have tried all the techniques listed on here to remove one and still haven't gotten it, all but the sawzall method, don't own one and might as well pay someone else to remove it instead of buying a sawzall.

Thanks for the suggestions, this is a great place with a wealth of knowledge!!!
You need to read your post again to see how you word things before you start to call people SA. If I misunderstood you, I appologize, but you posted you can get 7000's for $250 less including a stabilizer. I just pointed I that the 5100 are $300 a set already, and $250 less is $50, so you do the math! In my little calculator that says you can get the 7000's for $50. If so, I want them.
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First places I looked at they were $350 for a set vs $100 (after rebates) for the 7000's, never said $50, so do the math from there. Instead of being a SA, help a newcomer out and tell them where to get better deals like that!!!

As for the Bilstein's, if the shocks are as much of a PITA as the steering stabilizer are to replace, I will be going the cheaper route and have someone put them on. I still haven't gotten the stock stabilizer off, gonna have to get it done by a shop. Have tried all the techniques listed on here to remove one and still haven't gotten it, all but the sawzall method, don't own one and might as well pay someone else to remove it instead of buying a sawzall.

Thanks for the suggestions, this is a great place with a wealth of knowledge!!!
Bilstein shocks are not hard to replace. I changed all 4 in around 45 minutes. All you need is a few wrenches and an allen key for the fronts. It aint brain surgery
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You need to read your post again to see how you word things before you start to call people SA. If I misunderstood you, I appologize, but you posted you can get 7000's for $250 less including a stabilizer. I just pointed I that the 5100 are $300 a set already, and $250 less is $50, so you do the math! In my little calculator that says you can get the 7000's for $50. If so, I want them.
Okay, I'll say it S-L-O-W for you. the first sites I found the Bilstein's on were $350 for a set of 4. The SJ 7000's with stabilizer were "roughly" $100 after rebates. Got that thus far? Now, $350-$100=$250. So I reckon your "little calculator" needs batteries or an operator who can read!! Again, you still haven't revealed your source for the price you "pointed out," although I have found through other, more helpful members for "roughly" $300 but only after I posted the prices I found earlier. So now that I found them for that price I will concede and say that they are $200 less than the Bilstein's.

I apologize to the other members who were helpful or trying to help for having to dredge through this but feel it needed being stated for the obvious.
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I ordered my bilstein HD shocks from quadratec, shipped for $294 for 4 and had them the next day.

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