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Old 04-30-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Suggest Some Shocks, Please

So ... I am finally 100% sure that the lift in my 2005 Unlimited is a 2". Took a trip to the local lift kit guys to get it all figured out. So now that I know what size to look for, I need some feedback on shocks.

What I want --> Need a decent shock that won't break the bank. I don't do any heavy-duty off-roading and don't do any rock crawling. I do a lot of road driving (it's my daily driver) and some light trails.

What's available --> Local shop says they can order Trailmaster and Skyjacker shocks through their system. Both are reasonably priced, with the Trailmaster being around $67 each and the Skyjacker around $56 each.

What else is available? Reasonable?
Feedback and comments on either type the shop can order?

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Old 04-30-2010, 09:24 PM   #2
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old man emu's (ome) get really good reviews, but they are pricey. rubicon express are also makes good shock. a lot of people don't like skyjacker's, but i run them on my dd and they do just fine for me.

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Old 04-30-2010, 09:41 PM   #3
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jgano nailed it. i agree 100% OME and rubicon express make sweet shocks, and i like skyjackers.

whatever you decide, go with hydro shocks.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:46 PM   #4
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old man emu's (ome) get really good reviews, but they are pricey. rubicon express are also makes good shock. a lot of people don't like skyjacker's, but i run them on my dd and they do just fine for me.
Ditto..for the RE's get the monotubes.

Except for the "don't like skyjackers"...Alot of jeepers love the *HYDRO* skyjacker shock and they do ride decent for a cheap price...I don't mind the ride at all from several jeeps with the Skyjacker Hydro shocks...and this is from a fella with the OME shocks. They don't ride as good as OME shock but are a decent shock. The Skyjacker nitros...well...yeah the ride like total crap.


ABBYK9...your local guy is making some $$$$ on you ...you can buy the Skyjacker shocks for you 2'' lift from jegs or summitracing.com for $36 or $38 each. Ask him for the part number and check for yourself.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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Good riding shocks: Skyjacker Hydro, OME (Old Man Emu), Rubicon Express Monotubes, Rancho R9000x, ProComp MX-6, and a few others I can't think of. My current Old Man Emu Nitrocharged shocks produce good handing but they are pretty stiff.

Shocks to avoid: ProComp ES-3000, ProComp ES-9000, Rubicon Express twin-tube, Skyjacker Nitro, Rancho R5000, Rough Country (any including their 2.2), and most any nitrogen charged shock with the OME and RE Monotubes being two exceptions to that.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:54 PM   #6
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ABBYK9...your local guy is making some $$$$ on you ...you can buy the Skyjacker shocks for you 2'' lift from jegs or summitracing.com for $36 or $38 each. Ask him for the part number and check for yourself.
Actually, he didn't make any money off me.

I asked him to let me know what they have available and what their prices are, and told him I would research them and get some feedback on what would be best suited to my needs. He wrote down the parts numbers for the ones he can order for me so I could look them up online.
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:58 AM   #8
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My current Old Man Emu Nitrocharged shocks produce good handing but they are pretty stiff.
You find the OME's stiff, that is my choice when I change out the shocks next month. Which duty rating do you have Jerry? Maybe I will reconsider if they are real stiff? Do you use the OME springs as well?
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i have ran bilsteins for years on my other vehicles and i just put on the 3.25 rough country lift and all i can say that it rides well on the streets and no issues to date.
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Good riding shocks: Skyjacker Hydro, OME (Old Man Emu), Rubicon Express Monotubes, Rancho R9000x, ProComp MX-6, and a few others I can't think of. My current Old Man Emu Nitrocharged shocks produce good handing but they are pretty stiff.

Shocks to avoid: ProComp ES-3000, ProComp ES-9000, Rubicon Express twin-tube, Skyjacker Nitro, Rancho R5000, Rough Country (any including their 2.2), and most any nitrogen charged shock with the OME and RE Monotubes being two exceptions to that.
Why do you consider the Rubicon Express twin-tubes as to-be-avoided? Getting a set tomorrow from a bud and just curious about what to expect/look out for...
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:44 AM   #11
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I ran the rancho 5000 shocks in the size meant for a 2.5" lift for about a year. Worked great from what I remember. They did their job anyways which is keeping my teeth from chattering on dirt road... but that is really more attributed to having lowered the tire pressure I think. I later went with the adjustable 9000x but they are more money. I never really bothered adjusting them which I think kindof defeated their purpose. Just left them at their squishiest mostly. But the adjustment is very noticeable if you need to change their settings. You can make them as harsh as a tank or as squishy as a slinky and anywhere in between. There are also some good shocks available with internal bump stops (at both ends... like even when extending the shocks at full droop). The internal bumpstops are nice to keep from damaging them at fulldroop. I think Procomp is one of those but you need to check which model because not all of their model have them.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:36 AM   #12
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if you can get the rough country 2.2 shocks for your lift
size, thats what i would go with.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:36 AM   #13
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Might as well throw my hat into the ring. I personally run BDS shocks on my 2" lift and I am very satisfied with their performance on and off the trails.

Part numbers for your reference:
55975 Rear Hydraulic Shock Absorber
55979 Front Hydraulic Shock Absorber
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:51 AM   #14
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man, you ask for shock info and "BAM", so many, you can't makeup your mind

I use the RC9000XL (adj) on my '08 Rubi and have them set at (5), I set the rears at max, when I pull my trailer on/off road

They're really good for whatever you do, just protect the adj knob !!

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Quadratec and othe Jeep 4wd outlets say you needa minimum 2 inch lift to run OME shocks. I spoke with ARB customer service yesterday and they said they fit stock up to 2 inch lifts for the OME nitro-shocks. I would assume ARB is correct has anyone buy OME shocks on a Jeep without a lift?
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Basically I feel like there are three companies you need to look at that have already been explained here

OME - the priciest but usually rated the best
RE - perfect balance between price and performance
Skyjacker - best for the a budget consumer, with acceptable performance

If you go Skyjacker, only touch the Hydros. You'll get a nice amount of flex, enough certainly for 2.5". I'm running the Hydros and have no complaints. Course, I've also ran Monroes and had no complaints.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:35 PM   #17
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I literally just got back from my mechanic. Put on some Superlift shocks. So far the ride is great. Can't wait to try them out off road. They set me back about 120 bucks and I paid 60 to get them put on.
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Basically I feel like there are three companies you need to look at that have already been explained here

OME - the priciest but usually rated the best
RE - perfect balance between price and performance
Skyjacker - best for the a budget consumer, with acceptable performance

If you go Skyjacker, only touch the Hydros. You'll get a nice amount of flex, enough certainly for 2.5". I'm running the Hydros and have no complaints. Course, I've also ran Monroes and had no complaints.
There's nothing wrong with monroe's shocks IMO.

It wouldn't be my first choice for a Jeep. however for a large family sedan or on road (non performance) vehicle it likely would.
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There's nothing wrong with monroe's shocks IMO.

It wouldn't be my first choice for a Jeep. however for a large family sedan or on road (non performance) vehicle it likely would.
They (Monroe) supposedly make OME Nitrocharger shocks.

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