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Old 08-15-2019, 06:10 PM
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Upgrade Shock Absorbers ... 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Hi,

I want to smooth out the ride for my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I current have the factory installed set.

Any recommendations?

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What does smooth out the ride mean to you?

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Old 08-15-2019, 09:51 PM   #3
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Hi,

I want to smooth out the ride for my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I current have the factory installed set.

Any recommendations?

Thanks
Moved to get you a little better response...

I would say a set of Rancho 9000XL's would be my first choice in that situation. You can get a quote from Allen @AOR and I think you would be happy with the results.
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The Rancho 9000's are nice in that they are adjustable and you can get a set for around $400. They often have rebates as well.
Other quality options include Fox, Bilstein, OME, and at the high end TeraFlex Falcons.
The stock shocks tend to be pretty soft. Better shocks tend to offer more control, which can make the ride tighter (less body roll and side to side movement). How much tighter depends on the shock chosen.
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Less road bounce

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Smoother ride to me translates to less road bounce, I’d like my kidneys to not feel every road pebble ... 🤔

Thanks for asking.
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Smoother ride to me translates to less road bounce, I’d like my kidneys to not feel every road pebble ... 🤔

Thanks for asking.
7 year old shocks, yeah time for a change. What tires are you running, and how many miles are on them? Tires, and what pressure you have them inflated to affects the ride almost as much as shocks.

Your 2 door will ride rougher than a 4 door, due to the shorter wheelbase.

Has the ride gotten progressively worse over time, or did you notice a change in a short period of time? Have you checked to see if one or more of your shocks are leaking? In any event, I agree on the Rancho XL9000's, I run them on 4 in the front and 3 in the rear. There is a biiiiiig difference from setting 1 to setting 9 for sure.
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I’ve heard good things about xl9000’s too. Kinda bummed I went with fox shocks after reading more reviews.
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Tires: 285/70-17 BF Goodrich stock
Mileage: 80k, good shape rotation every 8k, yeah 10 times already... how fast time flys.
Shocks: are stock and in good shape also, no leaking.
Ride condition: I need a “wife” setting, will 4/3 like you use suffice?
Thanks and I researched the XL9000 and agree that they are best in class.
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If budget is a concern, the Rancho 5000X shocks are a nice option. About a 4-5 on the 9000XL scale.
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I also have the Rancho 9000XL shocks. I really like that I can adjust them to the ride that I prefer.
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Tires: 285/70-17 BF Goodrich stock
Mileage: 80k, good shape rotation every 8k, yeah 10 times already... how fast time flys.
Shocks: are stock and in good shape also, no leaking.
Ride condition: I need a “wife” setting, will 4/3 like you use suffice?
Thanks and I researched the XL9000 and agree that they are best in class.
I recommend starting at 3-3. Good friend runs 3-2 and likes a softer feel...

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