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Old 07-08-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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which shocks?

Need to replace the shocks on my 97 TJ. Been asking around and so far the Skyjacker Nitro has been recommended mroe than any other. Can't afford $80/per so OME, Bilstein, etc are out of the question.
So...any recommendations for a good performing, reasonably priced (~$40) shock?
Any to avoid?
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Old 07-08-2005, 02:11 PM   #2
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Lift no lift? Most likey those are okay, never ran then so I don't know.. I have run DT-3000's from RubiconExpress, nice, but make swoosh sounds... I really liked the rusty's offroad shocks that came with their 3" lift..I had on a prior TJ, rode great.. decent price $30 each. Here is a link.http://rustysoffroad.com/Merchant2/m...ode=sus_tj_par

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Old 07-08-2005, 02:53 PM   #3
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Sorry - running a 2" spacer lift with 31's. Might add a 1" BL and go to 32's or 33's in the next year or so.
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Well, what ever you get, and the skyjacker might be great, just maybe plus size the length a bit for your furture BL and Bigger tires plans. Also check out some of the discount sites to see if you can save a penny. a couple i have used are: 4x4groupbuy.com and performanceoffroadcenter.com Good luck!
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Well seeing your price range, I would imagine those are pretty good shocks. I run Rancho RX9000's and love them. I very rarely adjust them at all, but when I do there is a noticeable difference.

Not to put anything on this board down, but you might do some searching over at jeepforum.com. There a LOT of people over there running 31's and such with the combo you have in lift. I see a lot of shock threads.

Because my next shock purchase is going to be coilovers.
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i just put in a rear set of RE's monotubes today. put them in with my nth degree shock shifters and the rear cradle for the upper tri-arms. i'll be test driving it tomorrow after bleeding the brakes - i'll let you know how they ride then.

i've had DT3000's and skyjacker nitros as well. the dt's were average....maybe a little harsher than stock. the skyjacker nitros were too soft for my taste. it felt like the rear was squatting too much when i accelerated and when going over big bumps the rear end would drop too far for my tastes. hope the RE's do the trick.

oh, bob can get the RE's for $52 each shipped
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Old 07-08-2005, 08:36 PM   #7
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his info should be in my sig below (i hope)
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I am sitting on 33's with a 3" suspension lift, with the 4WD shocks. Several of us run those shocks,and, have wheeled it pretty hard....with no problems at all!! go to http://www.4wd.com/ they a re nice people to deal with
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The RE monotubes are great shocks and fairly cheap still. I think Bilstein actually makes them - which if you look at the outward appearance of them makes sense, but don't quote me on that.
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follow up

Just to follow up for anybody interested. I went with the Skyjacker Nitros. Have had them on for 2 weeks now and am very happy with them so far. Immediately noticed less body roll and they soak up the washboard stuff very well.
They'll get their first trail test next weekend at Camp Jeep.
Thanks for your advice!
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a followup for me as well - jeepcrawler is right about the monotubes. they are made by bilstein. as for the shocks themselves...great ride, worked well offroad but one of them popped. the can compressed into itself and lost all pressure. bob replaced it under warranty..but i was unimpressed with how easily it happened. i'll keep this thread alive with more issues with it.
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Don't run Superlift and don't buy from Quadratec! Still trying to figure out what IS covered in the lifetime warranty since the rears crapped out in 1 year and fronts rusted beyond recognition in the same time. Don't run Superlift and don't buy from Quadratec!
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Don't run Superlift and don't buy from Quadratec! Still trying to figure out what IS covered in the lifetime warranty since the rears crapped out in 1 year and fronts rusted beyond recognition in the same time. Don't run Superlift and don't buy from Quadratec!

care to comment on your thoughts behind quadratec? most have seemed to have great luck with them. no input on superlift though....only one i know running a superlift kit is on a full size chevy (he loves it though)
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I ordered a Superlift spacer kit from Quadratec and was told that everything for a safe, effective lift was included. It wasn't. I almost blew my new BFG driver rear b/c of the track bar issue. They claimed they never heard of a need for a longer track bar for anything less than 4" of lift. They were happy to sell me adjustable track bars, though. Did I want to pay priority shipping to get back on the road & trail faster?

I bought Cragar wheels from Quadratec. I wanted the chrome center caps to go with them. Their catalog shows the Cragar lettering in 3 options. Chrome. Chrome outlined in black and chrome outlined in blue. I was told they only were carrying chrome/blue. I drive a green jeep. Qtec claimed they did not have any other chrome center caps from any other manuf that would fit. They would not place a call to Cragar to help me get chrome/black or chrome/chrome. 4 more catalogs arrived at my house showing the same 3 options. The reps were never any more helpful. "Catalog's wrong."

The shocks on the Superlift kit rusted terribly. Without exaggeration they look like I pulled them from the ocean floor. When the rubber bushings in the rear shocks collapsed and slipped causing metal to metal banging and damage, I contacted Qtec. I expected at the least 2 new rear shocks... they boast a lifetime warranty in the catalog. I have no less than 5 emails where they focused on the cosmetic issue of rust. I repeatedly explained the rust was an annoyance, the damaged rears had to be replaced. I was running the OEM shocks b/c the lifetime warrantied shocks failed. Superlift wouldn't consider examining them nor would Quadratec.

I have 2 Jeeps and my funds get spent everywhere except with Quadratec. I have a simple expectation, display competence at your chosen field. My kid's teacher shouldn't send home updates with spelling errors. I want a bartender to tap a beer that isn't half foam. I want my accountant to find the deductions. The minister shouldn't be fooling around on his wife. If you work in the store and ask if I want help, when I ask a question don't start reading the tag to find the answer. I just read that. Quadratec is only good at putting boxes in the mail, but that's where it ends.
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I ordered a Superlift spacer kit from Quadratec and was told that everything for a safe, effective lift was included. It wasn't. I almost blew my new BFG driver rear b/c of the track bar issue. They claimed they never heard of a need for a longer track bar for anything less than 4" of lift. They were happy to sell me adjustable track bars, though. Did I want to pay priority shipping to get back on the road & trail faster?

did you have wider than stock tires on the wheels? what about backspacing? a 2" spacer lift shouldn't rub the spring perches - if it does then you have a back spacing issue as the axle offset isn't very drastic.

I bought Cragar wheels from Quadratec. I wanted the chrome center caps to go with them. Their catalog shows the Cragar lettering in 3 options. Chrome. Chrome outlined in black and chrome outlined in blue. I was told they only were carrying chrome/blue. I drive a green jeep. Qtec claimed they did not have any other chrome center caps from any other manuf that would fit. They would not place a call to Cragar to help me get chrome/black or chrome/chrome. 4 more catalogs arrived at my house showing the same 3 options. The reps were never any more helpful. "Catalog's wrong."

The shocks on the Superlift kit rusted terribly. Without exaggeration they look like I pulled them from the ocean floor. When the rubber bushings in the rear shocks collapsed and slipped causing metal to metal banging and damage, I contacted Qtec. I expected at the least 2 new rear shocks... they boast a lifetime warranty in the catalog. I have no less than 5 emails where they focused on the cosmetic issue of rust. I repeatedly explained the rust was an annoyance, the damaged rears had to be replaced. I was running the OEM shocks b/c the lifetime warrantied shocks failed. Superlift wouldn't consider examining them nor would Quadratec.

i have hard time understanding why you'd expect q'tec to back up the shocks if the lift manufacturer won't. i can understand the frustration with the rust though....nothing seems to keep mine from rusting either. with regards to the bushings collapsing...how much torque did you get on them? keep in mind that even though the shocks may have a lifetime warranty the bushings more than likely do not as they are a "wear" item. sorry, think you just ended up on the raw end of that one.

I have 2 Jeeps and my funds get spent everywhere except with Quadratec. I have a simple expectation, display competence at your chosen field. My kid's teacher shouldn't send home updates with spelling errors. I want a bartender to tap a beer that isn't half foam. I want my accountant to find the deductions. The minister shouldn't be fooling around on his wife. If you work in the store and ask if I want help, when I ask a question don't start reading the tag to find the answer. I just read that. Quadratec is only good at putting boxes in the mail, but that's where it ends.
i wouldn't sell them off quite yet....i've ordered countless items from them and have only had one issue on a shipping circumstance. maybe try bob supplee as well?
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i just put in a rear set of RE's monotubes today. put them in with my nth degree shock shifters and the rear cradle for the upper tri-arms. i'll be test driving it tomorrow after bleeding the brakes - i'll let you know how they ride then.

i've had DT3000's and skyjacker nitros as well. the dt's were average....maybe a little harsher than stock. the skyjacker nitros were too soft for my taste. it felt like the rear was squatting too much when i accelerated and when going over big bumps the rear end would drop too far for my tastes. hope the RE's do the trick.

oh, bob can get the RE's for $52 each shipped
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another update.
i had the RE monotubes in for just over 6 months. other than that first one that popped, i had no issues with them failing on me. they did seem a little too harsh of a ride for me overall. i put some road miles on them and a few trail rides too. on road is where they seem to be too harsh, but on the trails they performed flawlessly. still, i opted to try something else and have swapped out the rears for a set of OME LT shocks. night and day difference in on-road handling! very smooth now on railroad tracks and frost heaves. i'm looking to swap out the fronts in a few weeks for a set of the OME LT's too. the change was prompted when i installed a set of them on my fiance's jeep and noticed that her jeep rode smoother with short arms than mine did with the long arms. can't have that!
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You know I have to say Quadratec has been nothing but stellar in the customer service department for me.

I bought my RE standard lift from 4 Wheel Parts. Went through the same BS when I blew a rear shock. Warranty is by RE and therefore the only way to keep the rig driveable was to buy a new shock and then contact 4 Wheel Parts when I was ready to RMA the defective one. Once they got the shock and eval'd it then they would credit me the $$.

Life in the wheeling zone. You have to see their side, a large number of folks push their rigs far harder than most of us ever will. They still scream warrenty and if we don't want the prices to go sky high, they have to inspect returns prior to rolling over and paying. They are in the business of making money after all.

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