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Old 09-03-2019, 10:55 AM
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Shocks for a (heavy) stock height JK

In a bonehead move, I bent the shafts on my rear shocks yesterday. (No springs, wood blocks holding frame up, moved it around and drug the dangling shock on the ground)

I will never run a lift kit. This is my pickup project (122" wb, flatbed, 2 door) and it is/will be heavy (4450lbs and the bed isn't finished and the tool boxes are empty). It will live mostly on gravel roads and off-road (farm truck). The fancy NAPA shocks almost lasted 1 year on my MJ before they gave up.

Should I just replace the damaged factory "red" shock with another?
Swap in some napa replacements, Bilstein, jks, teraflex or maybe go fancy with fox adventure or performance?

Thoughts or opinions? I don't mind spending $$ on quality, I hate buying something for the name.

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You can get take off stock shocks fairly cheaply. I would not pay retail for a stock shock. They aren't worth their retail price. But if you are upgrading to better shocks, that opens the can of worms that you would want to replace all four shocks.
If you are upgrading, take your pick. I would happily go with OME, Rancho, or Fox. It just depends on how nice you want. The Fox shocks are a step up from the OME and Rancho shocks. They offer aluminum bodies and high pressure nitrogen charge which helps reduce fade. But Rancho is a good value for the dollar shock. If I was in your boat I think I would spend the extra coin on Fox. But if you really don't care what shocks are on there, and were happy with the stock red shocks, you should be able to get a set of four stock red shocks with low mileage for less than the price of one Fox shock.

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In a bonehead move, I bent the shafts on my rear shocks yesterday. (No springs, wood blocks holding frame up, moved it around and drug the dangling shock on the ground)

I will never run a lift kit. This is my pickup project (122" wb, flatbed, 2 door) and it is/will be heavy (4450lbs and the bed isn't finished and the tool boxes are empty). It will live mostly on gravel roads and off-road (farm truck). The fancy NAPA shocks almost lasted 1 year on my MJ before they gave up.

Should I just replace the damaged factory "red" shock with another?
Swap in some napa replacements, Bilstein, jks, teraflex or maybe go fancy with fox adventure or performance?

Thoughts or opinions? I don't mind spending $$ on quality, I hate buying something for the name.
In my opinion, the best value shock by far is the Rancho 5000X.

The Rancho RS55328 would be a great choice. I would also do the fronts... RS55326. They are a medium firmness shock with much more control than stock shocks.
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Old 09-05-2019, 08:57 PM
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A buddy talked up the fox performance 2.0 ifp. Morris had them for $490 (free shipping with a 10% discount code)

Another buddy likes his foa shocks, but they were $5 more than fox.

Take off stuff isn't common on CL in my area, almost everything is 1.5-2hr drive. I'm not sure if the red shocks we enough or not (only drove it as a stock JK Willys for 700 miles before cutting it up)

So I bit the bullet and ordered the fox stuff. Hopefully I like them and they last 20 years
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Rancho, Fox or Billstein.

Being designed for offroad abuse, they should take the heat of damping a heavy Jeep better than OEM.
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try the skyjacker m95 series for 'heavy' loads. the normal bilstein (silver) are not good for loads in my experience on other vehicles, you need the hd ones (yellow).
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Rancho 9000 series have adjustable damping. Odds are you’ll be able to dial it to your liking.

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