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Old 08-31-2017, 04:41 PM
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Shocks for highway driving

Hi all,

I have a 2011 JKU that I previously put a 3" lift kit (Zone Offroad i believe) with new coils/shocks on with 34" Toyo AT2s. The shocks are basically mid level hydraulic. For most driving it has been great. I recently moved though and am doing much more interstate driving (poorly maintained mind you) and driving in other areas where the roads are very poorly maintained. This has made for a relatively uncomfortable ride each day. I don't want to redo the coils again so wondering if just upgrading the shocks would help. Any suggestions?

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Probably... Zone kits are known for a rough ride. The Rancho 9000XL adjustable shocks would give you the best "ride" in my opinion. Did you buy the cam washers to adjust caster?

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Shocks can help but if the springs are to stiff they are to stiff. I wonder how Zone's springs compare to MC's.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:04 PM
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Yes, did adjust the casters


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What PSI do you have in the tires. Take it down to 30. Some would say even lower. Mid level shocks might be soft already. A good highway ride seems to be what many chase here. A lift with a soft ride and no body roll is a good one.
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Thanks. I will try airing down first before jumping into new shocks


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Any suggestions for comfortable shocks for road driving? Specifically what about rancho 9000s vs Falcon 2.1's? Others?


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I do a lot of interstate driving. I went with the Falcon 3.3s.
Absolutely love em. They soak up the hard hits at 80mph with no drama.
No axle wiggle like the stock Rubicon shocks.
May also want to consider the Falcon steering stabilizer. That was also a big improvement.
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I do a lot of interstate driving. I went with the Falcon 3.3s.

Absolutely love em. They soak up the hard hits at 80mph with no drama.

No axle wiggle like the stock Rubicon shocks.

May also want to consider the Falcon steering stabilizer. That was also a big improvement.


Thanks. I had a steering stabilizer with my existing lift; would I need the falcon one specifically with their shocks? Might be more than I can afford right now


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I still have the OEM steering stab. A shock designed for a jeep at 80 in the desert is not necessarily a smooth riding freeway shock. One persons "great" freeway ride is another persons buckboard ride. There are very few if any lifts and shocks that will make a JK ride like a Crown Vic.
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Just to clarify, not a cushy 70s crown vic ride. Thats what I didnt like about the stock set up. Too much floaty feeling and swaying back and forth. My goal was a firm stable ride. I prefer the European style ride. Firm but stable, not jarring but controlled.
I hated the wiggle of the stock shocks hitting bumps at speed. Also the falcons do not fade after hours at highway speeds.
The Falcons are adjustable to fit your comfort level. The stabilizer is also adjustable.
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Right, no one would want the Crown Vic ride but some would call it great also. Some people firm=stiff. A friend has a Eibach lift and shocks that ride soft, he also has body roll, he says it, not me. My 5100's are firm, maybe real firm. They are an entry level popular shock. I wish they allowed the suspension to move a little more. Maybe a nice set of Kings valved just for me. $$$.
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Probably... Zone kits are known for a rough ride. The Rancho 9000XL adjustable shocks would give you the best "ride" in my opinion. Did you buy the cam washers to adjust caster?
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Shocks can help but if the springs are to stiff they are to stiff. I wonder how Zone's springs compare to MC's.
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Any suggestions for comfortable shocks for road driving? Specifically what about rancho 9000s vs Falcon 2.1's? Others?


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What PSI do you have in the tires. Take it down to 30. Some would say even lower. Mid level shocks might be soft already. A good highway ride seems to be what many chase here. A lift with a soft ride and no body roll is a good one.
I aired down to 31 air much better then 34.

How are the 2.1 falcons compared to stock, softer and more stable. Looking for differences.

I like the 2.1 falcons but also like adjustables and people say ranchos9000.

Are the 2.1 not that good off-road, I like the firm stable ride on road of what the 2.1 says.
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The Rancho 9000's are a great shock for not a lot of money. The Falcons are a higher quality shock that is fully re-buildable, and depending on the version you buy it may be adjustable as well. Even the non-adjustable one is offered in two versions, a softer version and a stiffer performance version.
The Rancho's are a great value shock. The Falcons are a high end shock.
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The Rancho 9000's are a great shock for not a lot of money. The Falcons are a higher quality shock that is fully re-buildable, and depending on the version you buy it may be adjustable as well. Even the non-adjustable one is offered in two versions, a softer version and a stiffer performance version.
The Rancho's are a great value shock. The Falcons are a high end shock.
2nd this. I just put on Rancho rs9000xl and they are great! I currently have them on a 3 setting and it is such a nice ride. Very smooth over bumps and dips, way less body roll than my rough country shocks.
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