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Unread 09-10-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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New Shocks - Opinions and Recommendations wanted.

I am preparing to install new shocks all the way around on my 93 YJ (Stock -No Lift). I wanted to get people's opinions on the cheaper branded shocks offered at Morris 4x4, Quadratec, JC, etc. I'm specifically looking at different options to include Black Diamond, Sky Jacker, Rough Country, Rancho, Superlift or any other cheaper brand.

For clarity, my Jeep rarely if ever goes off-roading so it is mostly used as a summer/winter vehicle for casual driving in the sun or snow.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 09-10-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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I ran a set of Rancho RS5000's on my stock '87 XJ. I loved the difference so much, I bought a set for my '95 XJ as soon as I bought it. I'd bet all those brands would give you that feeling. Just make a choice based on the written facts. The only way you're gonna get the best answer to your question is trial and error.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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I would look into bilstein 5100s or kyb shocks if it is a daily driver that doesn't go off road.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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I would look into bilstein 5100s or kyb shocks if it is a daily driver that doesn't go off road.
Bilstein 5100s were designed for off road, hence monotube. They were specifically designed for lifted vehicles with larger tires. You can tow, off-road and everything else with them.. Very expensive shock just to run for daily driving, but it does make a world of difference. KYB on the other hand are designed for street use with mild off-road in mind. They're half price and will do just fine for OP's use.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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Bilstein 5100s were designed for off road, hence monotube. They were specifically designed for lifted vehicles with larger tires. You can tow, off-road and everything else with them.. Very expensive shock just to run for daily driving, but it does make a world of difference. KYB on the other hand are designed for street use with mild off-road in mind. They're half price and will do just fine for OP's use.
You missed the fact that 5100's do not have a generic valving either

They (5100's) are specifically valve for each Application.

Not to mention a lifetime warranty
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Unread 09-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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You missed the fact that 5100's do not have a generic valving either

They (5100's) are specifically valve for each Application.

Not to mention a lifetime warranty
Even better I've ran bilsteins in my auto-x cars and just about every vehicle ever owned. Great company to deal with.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #7
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Even better I've ran bilsteins in my auto-x cars and just about every vehicle ever owned. Great company to deal with.
I have run Bilstein 5100's on my last 4 Jeeps and my current XJ. When I lift the YJ it'll will have them also.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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Don't forget about our rebate going on right now...

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Don't forget about our rebate going on right now...

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i just chucked my rs5000's. and bought 7000. and... no more receipt.
i guess my loss..... and lemme guess, the 5000 were under warranty.
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i just chucked my rs5000's. and bought 7000. and... no more receipt.
i guess my loss..... and lemme guess, the 5000 were under warranty.
Yes... keep that receipt all! It is a limited lifetime warranty (Limited is a rock into it, or something along that line)

Limited Lifetime Warranty (limited to qualifying Rancho® products only)*
Tenneco warrants qualifying Rancho® products against defects in materials or workmanship (except finish) when used under normal operating conditions for as long as the products are installed on, and the original purchaser owns, the original vehicle on which they were installed.

Limited Lifetime Warranty Qualifying Products:
Rancho® quickLIFT™
Rancho® RS9000XL™ Shock Absorbers
Rancho® RS7000MT™ Monotube Shock Absorbers
Rancho® RS5000™ Shock Absorbers
Rancho® Light Truck Suspension Components
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Bilstein 5100s were designed for off road, hence monotube. They were specifically designed for lifted vehicles with larger tires. You can tow, off-road and everything else with them.. Very expensive shock just to run for daily driving, but it does make a world of difference. KYB on the other hand are designed for street use with mild off-road in mind. They're half price and will do just fine for OP's use.
I've sold hundreds of each
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I had Bilstein 5100's on my YJ, with a 4" lift, they were great shocks, and rode far better than the Rancho 5000 shocks I had prior.
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Billstein 5100's. They rock. 5125's if you know how long you need them. There the same as the 5100's. Just ordered by length so you can pinpoint them.
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I don't know if it was the RE 4.5 springs, or Bilstein 5100's, or combination of both, but my Jeep has never driven as nice as it does now.
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I don't know if it was the RE 4.5 springs, or Bilstein 5100's, or combination of both, but my Jeep has never driven as nice as it does now.
Probably the combo of both. I am running Re springs. Bilstein 5100's and upper and lower teraflex arms mine rides way better then stock.
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