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post #1 of 22 Old 08-01-2006, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Daily Driver Shocks

My 01 WJ is approaching 100K. The shocks have never been replaced. Before I go out and purchase a set I wanted to know what you guys are using. Once or twice a year the WJ visits the back country but usually its a taxi for the kids or my ride to work. OEMs? KYBs? Monroe? Bilstein...

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-01-2006, 07:52 PM
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I'm on the same boat. I like Bilstein, but $60 bucks a pop is way too much for me right now. I've never used these shocks but I dont doubt they're great. Monroe, which are more in my price range seem ok, but can i really trust them?
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post #3 of 22 Old 08-01-2006, 11:29 PM
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I recently put on Monroe Sensa-tracs in the rear, and Rancho RSXs in the front. I guess using two different shocks isn't all to common, but it rides beatifully. A lot smoother than the stock shocks, but not too smooth to where you loose feel of the road. I picked up everything at my local Kragen, had them price match Summit, they even threw in an additional 10% off.

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If you got the cash, by all means get the Bilsteins, IMO they are some of the best. When I get the cash, I'll be upgrading to them again.

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If you got the cash, by all means get the Bilsteins, IMO they are some of the best. When I get the cash, I'll be upgrading to them again.
I've never driven a WJ with Bilsteins, but I've had them on two other vehicles I've had, and I gotta agree with 10achik...Bilsteins are great shocks. On the other vehicles I've used them on (96 VW Jetta GLX and 00 Dodge Dakota 4X4) they worked great! Eliminated the front-end "bob" at highway speeds when hitting bumps, and firmed up the suspension feel very nicely without being harsh at all. Bilsteins are a great daily shock absorber for someone who wants to firm things up a bit, gain a better sense of control, but doesn't want any harshness added.

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post #6 of 22 Old 08-02-2006, 06:04 AM
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I just put the Bilsteins on mine about 3 weeks ago. Was at around 65K with the stock shocks. The WJ rides better than ever. Without a doubt the best non-adjustable shock I have used.

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Monroe's are a cheap and decent alternative

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I put Monroe's on mine in May and hit a really bad set of railroad tracks at about 50 MPH and thought I blew the shocks. To my suprise the are fine. When I put them on, they raised the Jeep a little bit (maybe 1" or so) and gave me a firmer ride. I have never had Blisten's(sp) so I can't compare, but I am satisfied with the Monroe's, especially after I added the Addco sway bar in the rear.

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I put Monroe's on mine in May and hit a really bad set of railroad tracks at about 50 MPH and thought I blew the shocks. To my suprise the are fine. When I put them on, they raised the Jeep a little bit (maybe 1" or so) and gave me a firmer ride. I have never had Blisten's(sp) so I can't compare, but I am satisfied with the Monroe's, especially after I added the Addco sway bar in the rear.
how did they raise your jeep?

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I went through the same dilemma last year about whether or not to spring for the Bilsteins. I didn't, I bought the Monroe's instead and I still regret it. The ride is sloppy and uncontrolled and I even replaced the swaybar bushings. This winter I think I'll put the Bilsteins in and be done with it for awhile.

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Seems like the Bilsteins are the way to go but some unexpected expenses just popped up today and the Bilsteins are too much $$$. I still have to get some shocks but will have to settle for something less expensive. The KYBs and Monroe are a bit cheaper. Between the two of them I'm leaning toward the KYBs...
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-03-2006, 10:28 AM
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I put Rancho RS9000s on an Exploder and got a huge improvement in ride; climbing from that into the 04 WJ (30K miles) makes that WJ feel like a rowboat in the surf - it bobs all over the place.
So I'm planning on RS9000s for the WJ as well, next paycheck.
They're adjustable, so you can dial up the damping if you're loaded (if the WJ is loaded, that is :-) ) and dial it down for runs to school.
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post #14 of 22 Old 08-03-2006, 02:30 PM
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I just bought Gabriel Max Control shocks last week, they suck at $50 bucks apiece.
There is no difference in the ride from factory 100k mile shocks.
I should have bought Bilsteins.

Also when I stop my jeep it rocks front to back from the gas sloshing in the tank.
It didn't do that before I replaced the shocks.

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I have the Monroe Sensa Tracs on here and they have been outstanding for me...no mushy feel like the other guy mentioned. I would like to get Bilsteins one day but am in no hurry now with how mine rides. IMO.

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