I KNOW it's been covered a million times, but I need some opinions on which shocks to buy. Here's my list so far, keep in mind all listed include four shocks and four shock boots, and including 4 Wheel Part's 25% off promo. My Jeep is a 93 ZJ with a 2" BB that gets wheeled somewhat hard for what she is, but is also my DD in the winter time. I'm not too concerned with the ride being harsh, what I'm really worried about is how well each shock is going to hold up and how long they will last. I would like to stay as cheap as possible as I really don't have much money to spend, however this isn't somewhere I want to skimp on.
ProComp ES1000's : $82.50
ProComp 3000's : $105
ProComp ES9000's : $120
Super-Lift Super Rides : $105.50
Rancho 5000 Series : $127.50
SkyJacker Hydro's : $107.99
SkyJacker Nitro's : $125.97
Are there any on this list that I should simply NOT consider? For what reason? Right now the cheap side of me is leaning towards the ES1000's, however the ES3000's are only $18 bucks more, and the ES9000's are only $15 more than those.
I haven't heard much about the Super-Lift shocks with Jeeps, but they're the same price as the ES3000's.
Regardless of which shock you choose, you should check with the manufacturer to be sure they are adequately long for your lift height. Many manufacturers spec a shock for 0-2" of lift that's precisely the same length as stock - that's not going to do you much good when wheeling.
Apparently, the 25% off doesn't apply to the shock packages, so my figures are off. Kind of pisses me off too, I can't find anything on their site that lists exclusions, and when I called they can't give it to me or do anything on the price, so the ES9000's are still $160 bucks.