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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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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

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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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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.
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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.

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Unread 11-07-2011, 11:02 PM   #4
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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

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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.

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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.
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Are bilsteins great because of on road manners, or are they superior off road as well

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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..
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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.
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Unread 11-08-2011, 01:48 AM   #8
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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

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thats true too...mine does that too...i figured they were defective
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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.
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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.
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