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Have a 2001 TJ with a 1" body lift running 33's. I need new shocks and don't have a ton of coin to drop on them. The zone shocks are priced good so I'm wondering •Are they good quality? •I have no suspension lift so I need just the stock shock length? All the ones I've found are posted for jeeps with anywhere from 2" to 4" of lift.. Do they not make a shock for a jeep with no lift or will I be ok installing a shock rated for 2" of lift
 

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The BDS standard white shocks are not good quality. Very soft, in fact after about 9 months when I finally replaced them I could compress them with my hands. Since its the same manufacturer I can only imagine that they are the same. I replaced with Pro Comp Pro Runners and I am very happy. I was told same performance as Bilstien 5150 for about 10 less a shock. I am very happy with the shock. The tube and construction looks just like the Bilstein as well, same color and all.
 

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The BDS standard white shocks are not good quality. Very soft, in fact after about 9 months when I finally replaced them I could compress them with my hands. Since its the same manufacturer I can only imagine that they are the same. I replaced with Pro Comp Pro Runners and I am very happy. I was told same performance as Bilstien 5150 for about 10 less a shock. I am very happy with the shock. The tube and construction looks just like the Bilstein as well, same color and all.
A lot of people have said bad things about the Pro Comp shocks from my searching. I can get the Blisten HD's for around $68 a shock. I'm just concerned about not having any lift and installing shocks that are rated for 0-2" lift... From what I've found they will be to long and will bottom out
 

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Also have been seeing lots of good reviews on the rancho9000's... I like that they are adjustable bc I want a smooth ride on the road bc I do about 80% on road driving with my jeep.
 

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I have seen the bad reviews regarding the lower end shocks, but not a single one for the Pro Runners. Completely different animal.

And measure what you have now, and order the same. I don't put a lot of faith in claims of 0-2 inch or whatever. An example is the BDS I took off, they were for a 3 inch lift, but I would bottom out (read teeth jarring bottom out) over a little ol' speed bump. Measured exactly what I needed and no more bottoming out. The Pro Comp's are much firmer as well...

Rancho seems to have a good following as well.
 

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I have seen the bad reviews regarding the lower end shocks, but not a single one for the Pro Runners. Completely different animal. And measure what you have now, and order the same. I don't put a lot of faith in claims of 0-2 inch or whatever. An example is the BDS I took off, they were for a 3 inch lift, but I would bottom out (read teeth jarring bottom out) over a little ol' speed bump. Measured exactly what I needed and no more bottoming out. The Pro Comp's are much firmer as well... Rancho seems to have a good following as well.
Ok I'm leaning towards the Rancho RS9000XL's
Stock length vs Rancho's
Front shock Length
•Stock 13"/20.5"
•Rancho 13.25"/20.5"
Rear Shock Length
•Stock 12.2"/19.2"
•Rancho 12.75"/19.13"
Now is the slight difference in compressed & extended lengths going to hurt me? I don't want to tear them up.
 

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I really can't answer that. You probably need to cycle your axles to make sure. Maybe Jerry or Unlimited can chime in.
 

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Some good info on the bilstein replacement shocks for stock height. If I were you though I would just buy cheap stock height monroe shocks until you decide to add some suspension lift. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/replacing-original-shocks-springs-what-buy-1300348/
I'm not really interested in putting a lift on the jeep. But there is some good info there.. Might start looking at the OME springs. Have heard the Blisten HD's are to harsh or a ride for a TJ and mine has half doors and I never run a back seat
 

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Ok I'm leaning towards the Rancho RS9000XL's Stock length vs Rancho's Front shock Length •Stock 13"/20.5" •Rancho 13.25"/20.5" Rear Shock Length •Stock 12.2"/19.2" •Rancho 12.75"/19.13" Now is the slight difference in compressed & extended lengths going to hurt me? I don't want to tear them up.
Can anyone tell me if the difference in lengths is gonna hurt or not?? I've given up on getting a response from Rancho
 
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