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makotoshishio 03-24-2013 08:26 PM

new lift or replace shocks?
 
I have 33's on my JK with the 2.5" lift kit from teraflex (the one that comes with the shock extensions instead of new shocks)

I'm starting to feel my ride stiffer than usual, and I was told that I might already need new shocks.

I want to move up to 35" tires, 37 will be the best but I cannot afford al the changes I have to do to put those shoes on.

So what you guys recommend:

1) New lift, possible 3.5" including shocks and leave it ready for those 35"

2) Change shocks and add a 1" spring spacers

If you could recommend a shock with good quality but at affordable price it would be great.

How is my wheeling? I'll do moderate wheeling, nothing extreme. If there is something extreme it is just a part of a trail I'll have pass by and it will be very rare.

makotoshishio 03-25-2013 02:32 PM

wow! no replies, really?

LarsA 03-25-2013 03:56 PM

I don't have much to add (sorry), but would also like to hear more about this. I also have the 2.5" TF coil lift with shock extensions, as I'm re-using my Rubi's stock shocks. The ride is great (for now), but my JKUR is only about 5 months old. How old (years/miles) are your shocks?

I'm running (almost) 35"s (315/70R17), and the 2.5" TF is sufficient. I have noticed, however, that my recent addition of steel bumpers (front & rear) w/tire carrier, plus a new winch w/steel cable, have cost me about 1/2" of height. At some point, I'll be upgrading my lift (or maybe just add spacers) and buy new shocks as well. For my money, the Rancho 9000XL offers everything I need. Rancho is (was?) offering a decent mail-in rebate when buying 4 of their shocks; check it out.

Good luck!

kjeeper10 03-25-2013 06:14 PM

Good shocks should firm up the ride. I am assuming harsh?

Check out the Rancho 9000's. $100 rebate currently. 4 shocks for around $200-$250 is a heck of a deal.

Burger16b 03-25-2013 06:26 PM

I say go with bilstien 5100s. That's what I got with the teraflex 2.5 4dr kit on a 2dr. Wanted the stiffer springs because of hevy bumpers will cause it to sag

irongate 03-25-2013 06:43 PM

For those running 33" and going to a 35" with a 2.5 lift, just add a 1.5 body lift. Simple to do and plenty of room without the cost of going to a 3.5 lift. Then add longer shocks when you can. Run flat fenders if you want to go that route. Adding that body lift will make up for the weight of a heavy front bumper.

kjeeper10 03-25-2013 07:08 PM

Why a body lift ? I would not do a body lift unless your trying to fit 40's
Spacers will work just as good. There really is no need for more then 2.5" unless sagging or running larger than a 35" tire.

Derrick_Merwin 03-25-2013 07:08 PM

What is the difference between the rancho 9000s and the bilstien 5100s?

Nathan_R 03-25-2013 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 3551537)
Good shocks should firm up the ride. I am assuming harsh?

Check out the Rancho 9000's. $100 rebate currently. 4 shocks for around $200-$250 is a heck of a deal.

Is there a recommended vendor/sponsor selling for $300 - $350 before the rebate? Cheapest I've seen is around $400 on Amazon.

bengen1 03-25-2013 07:16 PM

4wheelonline.com was best I could find last year and they are selling them now for 320.00 plus free shipping

kjeeper10 03-25-2013 07:22 PM

Iirc it's a $100 rebate. Any vender can help.
There is a Rancho rep on the forum. Not sure if he sells the shocks though.

Last year I paid around $100 per. Minus $20 from AZ online and $100 mail in rebate. Around $250 for 4

Rancho 9000 is a 9 way adjustable shock. More comfortable on the road. The Bilstein like my current Fox are valved specific to our JK and dampen better over the rough stuff. Overall ride is firmer on the road.

Burger16b 03-25-2013 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Derrick_Merwin (Post 3551849)
What is the difference between the rancho 9000s and the bilstien 5100s?

For me and a bunch of others I feel the quality. I did a lot of research before I bought mine. I think it's really a preference

Burger16b 03-25-2013 07:30 PM

Got my bilstiens for $284 shipped few months ago from ajusa.com

Nathan_R 03-25-2013 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bengen1 (Post 3551886)
4wheelonline.com was best I could find last year and they are selling them now for 320.00 plus free shipping

That's perfect-- thanks!

kjeeper10 03-25-2013 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nathan_R (Post 3551965)

That's perfect-- thanks!

Exactly what I paid

makotoshishio 03-25-2013 08:35 PM

Guys thank you so much! My JK is 2 years old, I installed the lift kit 2 months after buying it.

It turns out I was told today to get Rancho's shocks as the price was good and the quality was good for my wheeling. And another person said "don't go with rancho, get bilstein".


The comparison between both here was good, I guess I decide based on price as that is the thing that kills most desires for our rides.


I'll be using the new shocks, 1" spacers, and will change the track bar for the teraflex adjustable track bar later on. Thank youo

COLOUJK 03-25-2013 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by irongate (Post 3551711)
For those running 33" and going to a 35" with a 2.5 lift, just add a 1.5 body lift. Simple to do and plenty of room without the cost of going to a 3.5 lift. Then add longer shocks when you can. Run flat fenders if you want to go that route. Adding that body lift will make up for the weight of a heavy front bumper.

You can run 35's with just a 2.5 lift. There is no need to go to 3.5 unless you want to get an extra inch of lift.

Also a body lift does just that, lifts the body, the bumpers do not move - they are attached to the frame.

There is really no reason to go with a body lift on a JK like there is for TJ's and LJ's (they do it so that they can do a tummy tuck which the JK's do not have that need)

PowderHunt 05-08-2013 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 3551908)
Iirc it's a $100 rebate. Any vender can help.
There is a Rancho rep on the forum. Not sure if he sells the shocks though.

Last year I paid around $100 per. Minus $20 from AZ online and $100 mail in rebate. Around $250 for 4

Rancho 9000 is a 9 way adjustable shock. More comfortable on the road. The Bilstein like my current Fox are valved specific to our JK and dampen better over the rough stuff. Overall ride is firmer on the road.

How do you like the Fox shocks? When you say firmer do you mean you feel everything in the road or that its less boaty? or both?

jklarry 05-08-2013 01:04 PM

have a RC 2.5" lift, just put Rancho 9000s on (used 29 front/30 rear) took a trip up to the mountains (1700+ miles) the best this Jeep has ever ridden. used 4/3 settings because of the extra weight, use 3/2 around home. best money I have spent so far. went thru Marcus at RCO.


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