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Pesty15 02-12-2013 08:45 PM

BB w/shocks or just replace shocks?
 
I am on a pretty tight budget, but I am really wanting a smoother ride on the road. My jeep is stock height right now w/ 31" duratracs. My question is should I get BB kit w/ shocks or just replace my oem shocks? Just by doing some research, it seems that I could almost do a BB kit for a similar price as just getting new shocks. Also, what is my best affordable option for either one? Thanks guys, and please explain if I would have to replace anything else if I went with a BB.

Pesty15 02-12-2013 08:47 PM

Just fyi, this will only be used on light trails. It is my main vehicle so I can't do anything too crazy in it until I can afford to have another vehicle for everyday use.

Jacqui 02-12-2013 09:53 PM

Our LJ is our only vehicle right now. It's a double daily driver, so we were in the same boat as you. We went with a 2" BB and replaced our dead shocks with Bilstein 5100's. The shocks give an amazingly smooth ride (for a TJ) and we found that the added height actually cuts down on road noise. All in all, we have a much more comfortable ride. But it still feels like a good ol' Jeep. ;) My advice would be: don't skimp on shocks. Go for good shocks. If you want a little height too, just add the BB. It's cheap enough. Just make sure you get the correct shock length for the added height.

Pesty15 02-12-2013 09:58 PM

Thanks. I am like you in that I don't want to lose the jeep feel. I just don't want to feel like I am getting thrown out of my seat every time I hit a bump. I was looking at possibly doing the rancho 9000 shocks. I have heard they are supposed to be pretty good. Do you have any idea on how they compare to the bilstein 5100?

Fireaxe 02-12-2013 10:02 PM

similar boat: 00 TJ Sport on 31 bfg's at
Looking at replacement or BB w/Shocks.
I was looking into the Skyjacker Hydros and Nitros..Heard good things from Friends. Anyone have opinions on those shocks as well as OP's Rancho 5100's?

Lookin2buy 02-12-2013 10:07 PM

I just did a rubicon express 2"bb. I can't say the ride is quite as soft as stock was....but since my jeep already had 169k on it, I wanted to replace shocks. I can say my newer shocks are better than before...on small tight bumps it's a better ride....on larger bumps, higher speeds, it's a little rougher. Still for the money, I am satisfied...

How do you like the duratracs? I love the look...I ended up finding a new set of Wrangler RT/S that were too good to pass up ($100 each installed) so splurged on wheels and cheaped out on tires...

Dextreme 02-12-2013 10:09 PM

There really isn't a $40 shock that is going be a dream ride. Most of them are stiffer and harsher than oem until you get into $90 Bilsteins 5100 or OME.

Pesty15 02-12-2013 10:13 PM

Yeah I have not heard good things about the skyjacker shocks. That is why I was looking at the rancho 9000xl. How do these compare to the bilsteins 5100? Also, would I have to replace anything else with a 2" BB?

Pesty15 02-13-2013 12:48 PM

bump

Gary2 02-13-2013 01:32 PM

I feel you have more to gain by replacing the old used springs with a new set designed to give you an inch or so lift which will probably work out to about 2" compared to an old OE set from many years ago

PStov98TJ 02-13-2013 01:41 PM

You can always just do the shock replacement with a BB. Then save up and upgrade your springs later.
Personally I only have experience with OME but I've heard nothing bad at all about the rancho 9000 or bilsteins. Any are a good choice really. Just shop around or think about what springs you might want later and match the shocks with the springs. Just a suggestion :)

JustinCHorst 02-13-2013 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacqui (Post 3360442)
Our LJ is our only vehicle right now. It's a double daily driver, so we were in the same boat as you. We went with a 2" BB and replaced our dead shocks with Bilstein 5100's. The shocks give an amazingly smooth ride (for a TJ) and we found that the added height actually cuts down on road noise. All in all, we have a much more comfortable ride. But it still feels like a good ol' Jeep. ;) My advice would be: don't skimp on shocks. Go for good shocks. If you want a little height too, just add the BB. It's cheap enough. Just make sure you get the correct shock length for the added height.


I am running the exact same setup on my LJ and love it...I almost thought about cheaping out on the shocks, but have had great luck with Bilstein on other vehicles so I went with them on the LJ and am soooo happy I did...plus they seem to wear better externally, most of the sky jacker stuff (shocks) around me surface rusts real fast and looks like crap.

Pesty15 02-13-2013 02:56 PM

Thanks guys. If I do go with a 2" BB would I have to replace any other parts?

JustinCHorst 02-13-2013 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Pesty15 (Post 3363521)
Thanks guys. If I do go with a 2" BB would I have to replace any other parts?


No..you would not have to...at some point Id replace the sway bar links..and maybe a rear track bar relocation bracket ( I have mine but yet to put it on) but you wont NEED anything else besides an alignment when you are done.:thumb:

PStov98TJ 02-13-2013 04:03 PM

Yep. You won't need anything. But it never hurts to beef up what you have :)

Pesty15 02-13-2013 04:24 PM

Sounds good. Thanks guys.

Wattapunk 02-14-2013 07:29 AM

You can't go wrong with Bilsteins, OME, or Rancho 9000XL's. All 3 are good riding shocks but I prefer the Ranchos for the adjustable factor. You can easily make it as smooth or stiffer to your liking with the 9 different settings with a turn of a knob. Stay away from the cheap Skycrapper Hydro's.

Fireaxe 02-14-2013 04:05 PM

Most of the shocks you're recommending are about $80 a piece and up. I understand you get what your pay for, but are there really not any good "cheaper shocks" $45-65 range?

Pesty15 02-14-2013 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fireaxe (Post 3369018)
Most of the shocks you're recommending are about $80 a piece and up. I understand you get what your pay for, but are there really not any good "cheaper shocks" $45-65 range?

Good question that I am interested in hearing an answer to.

PStov98TJ 02-14-2013 04:25 PM

Honestly. You will get what you pay for and there's no way around it. If there were shocks that cost $40 that were awesome well we'd all have them.
My friend has a skyjacker BB in his jeep and their nitro shocks weren't too bad for riding in a jeep. But they aren't as smooth as my OME shocks.

Fireaxe 02-15-2013 01:26 PM

Would something like these work?
normally around $75-80 shocks for around $50

Item #M9508D / Skyjacker Suspensions

tonyb11 02-15-2013 01:34 PM

x2 on the skyjacker. ibought there 2" bb on my 2000 tj and they were crap. im about to order some ome for my 04 rubi .

PStov98TJ 02-15-2013 01:37 PM

I mean yes those will work. But be careful of the shock length and bumpstop it correctly. I'm not sure if you'll need it or not but go look at UnlimitedLJ04's profile and posts. He has a link to a write up on bumpstops. But basically it comes down to want you want. You can buy those shocks and if they work for you great. If you decide later that you want the more expensive ones, change em out.

Pesty15 02-15-2013 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fireaxe (Post 3372444)
Would something like these work?
normally around $75-80 shocks for around $50

Item #M9508D / Skyjacker Suspensions


I am not wanting to go the skyjacker route after all of the negative comments I have seen on them. I was looking at possible doing a 2" Zone BB w/ Zone hydros. What do you guys think?

PStov98TJ 02-15-2013 01:47 PM

I don't have any personal experience with zone but they are a highly recommended company and I haven't heard of anyone that wasn't happy with it.

Pesty15 02-15-2013 02:02 PM

That is what I have gathered also from doing some research. Thanks for your help.

JustinCHorst 02-15-2013 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3372527)
I don't have any personal experience with zone but they are a highly recommended company and I haven't heard of anyone that wasn't happy with it.


same here


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