Cheap but quality shocks? - JeepForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
cherokeen
Registered User
2001 WJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Perth
Posts: 39
Cheap but quality shocks?

If anyone can tell me what a good set of after market shocks are for giving a budget boost?

I'm replacing my Skyjacker's

cherokeen is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 10:40 PM
KingtheZJ
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rochester NY
Posts: 2,660
ranchos are ok.

with shocks you get what you pay for. the more expensive they are, the better they are. hold out for used bilsteins if you can.

'88 XJ
'98 ZJ on 37s and tons
'02 Chevy 2500HD 8.1
KingtheZJ is offline  
post #3 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 11:00 PM
badbird17x
Web Wheeler
 
badbird17x's Avatar
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: lisbon
Posts: 3,988
I like duesch tech. I did not like procomp, I may be wrong but I think they are the same as rough country. Procomp bushings didn't even last a year.

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum

94 jz, bruiser, la, cage,5.3 ls, 36 swampers 98 jz, the mutt, 3.5 iro, 33 swampers, avalanche conversion, 02 north face avalanche blacked out work truck, 06 rhino R1 engine, 4x4, Leeroy's custom paint, 04 escalade wifes truck 22s, 03 duramax 18s, completely blacked out, efilive by nick, wicked wicked truck, 39 chop chevy rod, aluminum 5.3 ls, 08 apex, 310hp mcx turbo, holz 162, completely black, CCM built.
badbird17x is offline  
post #4 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 11:02 PM
badbird17x
Web Wheeler
 
badbird17x's Avatar
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: lisbon
Posts: 3,988
Quote:
Originally Posted by KingtheZJ
ranchos are ok.

with shocks you get what you pay for. the more expensive they are, the better they are. hold out for used bilsteins if you can.
Are bilsteins great because of on road manners, or are they superior off road as well

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum

94 jz, bruiser, la, cage,5.3 ls, 36 swampers 98 jz, the mutt, 3.5 iro, 33 swampers, avalanche conversion, 02 north face avalanche blacked out work truck, 06 rhino R1 engine, 4x4, Leeroy's custom paint, 04 escalade wifes truck 22s, 03 duramax 18s, completely blacked out, efilive by nick, wicked wicked truck, 39 chop chevy rod, aluminum 5.3 ls, 08 apex, 310hp mcx turbo, holz 162, completely black, CCM built.
badbird17x is offline  
post #5 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 11:27 PM
PeriwinkleZJ
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mooresville
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by badbird17x View Post
I like duesch tech. I did not like procomp, I may be wrong but I think they are the same as rough country. Procomp bushings didn't even last a year.

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum
I run doetsch tech 8000 myself, no complaints. I'd probably get them again. Also, I've heard good things about Rancho as a cheaper shock. As stated, you get what you pay for.

-1993 Grand Cherokee Laredo V8 5.2, Mopar CAI, Borla headers, Borla Y-pipe, Turn down exhaust, 4" RC SA, 33x12.50r15 BfGoodrich Km2, Crown extended brake lines, IRO Double Shear Track bar, IRO HD tie rod, Home made Quick discos, E-fan, Heavy duty harness/9007 bulb conversion, HP30 WJ knuckles lockrite solid cover.

BUILD THREAD:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PeriwinkleZJ is offline  
post #6 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 11:29 PM
Moto4x4
Registered User
2001 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Littleton
Posts: 1,146
Quote:
Originally Posted by badbird17x View Post
Are bilsteins great because of on road manners, or are they superior off road as well

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum
Both are accurate. I would just bit the bullet and get some bilsteins or omes. You can find great deals on C list if your looking too..
Moto4x4 is offline  
post #7 of 60 Old 11-07-2011, 11:35 PM
PolkaPower
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Abyss
Posts: 19,786
I have the Bilstein 5100's. They are great. I talked to Kolak about some less expensive shocks and he recommended the Rancho's. I used to run the DT's in my 95 and they were good shocks. Stiff but good.
PolkaPower is offline  
post #8 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 01:48 AM
HeavyArms
Registered User
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cadillac
Posts: 1,940
Ive always perferd gas shocks over hydraulic shocks.

in my last jeep i ran Zone hydro's and it was a pretty stiff ride. In my new jeep i upgraded to zone's nitro shocks and love them. They were totally worth the extra few bucks.

Wiggle wiggle wiggle
HeavyArms is offline  
post #9 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 04:42 PM
Mike97ZJ
Registered User
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Newport, RI
Posts: 1,227
I like the DT8000's too. They're a very beefy shock, and good for the price.

Right now I run Black Diamonds, and I hate them. The fronts are too soft and are very noisy.

Unless you NEED new shocks, you don't need them with just a BB, the stockers will work okay. Knowing that, you might be able to save up longer for a good set.

The best shocks I ever ran on my ZJ were the Old Man Emu Nitrochargers, but they're expensive, like 70 - 80 bucks each IIRC.

And so you're clear, you don't get any lift from shocks. To get a 'budget boost" you need to install the spring spacers.
Mike97ZJ is offline  
post #10 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 04:44 PM
badbird17x
Web Wheeler
 
badbird17x's Avatar
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: lisbon
Posts: 3,988
Did the same 3 in bb from fat bobs in my buddies truck as mine has. Now the kit comes with rough country shocks. The rear feels like there is no shocks on it, they suck.

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum

94 jz, bruiser, la, cage,5.3 ls, 36 swampers 98 jz, the mutt, 3.5 iro, 33 swampers, avalanche conversion, 02 north face avalanche blacked out work truck, 06 rhino R1 engine, 4x4, Leeroy's custom paint, 04 escalade wifes truck 22s, 03 duramax 18s, completely blacked out, efilive by nick, wicked wicked truck, 39 chop chevy rod, aluminum 5.3 ls, 08 apex, 310hp mcx turbo, holz 162, completely black, CCM built.
badbird17x is offline  
post #11 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 06:42 PM
fisher1630
Registered User
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New York
Posts: 104
I installed procomps when I did my BB. They ride a little stiff but otherwise no complaints. To me its not worth it to spend a couple hundred bucks on shocks for my jeep. Rather save the money for other things that are bound to go bad.
fisher1630 is offline  
post #12 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 06:55 PM
RedneckZJ
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Madison TN
Posts: 804
Quote:
Originally Posted by badbird17x View Post
Did the same 3 in bb from fat bobs in my buddies truck as mine has. Now the kit comes with rough country shocks. The rear feels like there is no shocks on it, they suck.

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum
lemme guess the rear stops bouncing about a mile down the road?

'96 ZJ Orvis 5.2L (Mossy Oak Edit.)- UC+2" BB, Thrush Turbo, 2 12s, Lots Of Stickers
You drive a tj, we drive a zj. We have more power while you get more shower. We get the v8 while you get there too late. You have 2 doors well, we have 2 more. Ours costs a grand while yours has a price we cant stand.
RedneckZJ is offline  
post #13 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 06:56 PM
badbird17x
Web Wheeler
 
badbird17x's Avatar
1994 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: lisbon
Posts: 3,988
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedneckZJ

lemme guess the rear stops bouncing about a mile down the road?
No because you hit another bump in that mile

Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum

94 jz, bruiser, la, cage,5.3 ls, 36 swampers 98 jz, the mutt, 3.5 iro, 33 swampers, avalanche conversion, 02 north face avalanche blacked out work truck, 06 rhino R1 engine, 4x4, Leeroy's custom paint, 04 escalade wifes truck 22s, 03 duramax 18s, completely blacked out, efilive by nick, wicked wicked truck, 39 chop chevy rod, aluminum 5.3 ls, 08 apex, 310hp mcx turbo, holz 162, completely black, CCM built.
badbird17x is offline  
post #14 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 07:01 PM
RedneckZJ
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Madison TN
Posts: 804
thats true too...mine does that too...i figured they were defective

'96 ZJ Orvis 5.2L (Mossy Oak Edit.)- UC+2" BB, Thrush Turbo, 2 12s, Lots Of Stickers
You drive a tj, we drive a zj. We have more power while you get more shower. We get the v8 while you get there too late. You have 2 doors well, we have 2 more. Ours costs a grand while yours has a price we cant stand.
RedneckZJ is offline  
post #15 of 60 Old 11-08-2011, 07:24 PM
HighLonesome
Belief In All Things Jeep
 
HighLonesome's Avatar
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 6,995
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike97ZJ View Post
The best shocks I ever ran on my ZJ were the Old Man Emu Nitrochargers, but they're expensive, like 70 - 80 bucks each IIRC.
.
The best shocks I've seen are the stock UC shocks from my 95. They are German-made Boge Sachs and they went way over 100k miles before the right front started leaking. I think you can still buy them through Chrysler but the cost is ridiculous.

But yea for cheap I ran a set of DT8000s on my 94 for a couple years and they do great on the freeway and offroad. Where I did not like them was around town.
HighLonesome is offline  
Reply

Tags
shock absorber

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
Looking for some good, cheap shocks.... VinceAustria ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 2 11-09-2008 10:05 AM
Good Quality Shocks? raider650 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 15 09-27-2008 01:25 AM
Rocky Road BB Kit w/ Shocks...Quality? schmoo742 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 4 06-30-2008 12:34 PM
Cheap superlift ebay shocks gunthagunth ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 0 05-31-2006 02:51 PM
bilstien shocks, cheap Kess ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 0 03-03-2002 09:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome