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Unread 08-30-2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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shocks????

I use my XJ mainly on the street. About the only time it goes into 4wd is at the boat launch or sneaking into a remote fishin hole. It's time for new shocks.

What to buy???

Skyjack std. or nitro
Ranchos std or nitro

Are you paying too much for the name? Are there equally good no name shocks that perform as well?

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Unread 08-30-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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If your Jeep is stock, buy some Monroe Sensa-Trac shocks.
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My Jeep is stock. I put in the Police application shock. Dimensions are the same but they are much more heavy duty. Ride is fine.
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Unread 08-30-2013, 03:56 PM   #4
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well almost stock, I have a plow on it.
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Unread 08-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #5
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monroe reflex or bilsteins
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I've had Gabriel Ultra's which were just OK. I used to wheel the XJ a lot, the ride suffered for it.

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I now have Monroe sensa-trak on front and Monroe load levelers on rear (coil over's) and I love them. Nice with a nice firm ride that does not bounce around or jostle me.

My truck is used for utility (hauling, dump, gravel, firewood) regular (weekly) trips into the woods on logging roads and on highway to Tahoe, Shasta etc. to go skiing
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Is there any reason not to use ranchos or skyjackers (other than price)?
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Is there any reason not to use ranchos or skyjackers (other than price)?
IMO they are one-size-fits-all shocks, and in a 3/4 size Cherokee, they ride rough.
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On a budget: Monroe Sensa-trac shocks

Best ride possible: Old Man Emu shocks
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Bilstein is the way to go. It doesn't even feel like I drive a lifted jeep.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 11:59 AM   #11
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I recently put skyjacker hydros on my stock xj. For the price, I think they're ok. I can't compare them first hand to anything but stock, and they are certainly a bit rougher, but by no means stiff. I am pleased with the ride. I imagine the nitros might beat you up a bit. With that said, I would have sprung for billsteins or OME if price wasn't an issue.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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if 'on a budget' is a requirement wouldn't take offs from an jk be the go-to solution?
I picked up a full set (front and rear) black jk take offs with under 5k miles for $30 shipped from ebay. Installed them last weekend into an xj with just under a 4 inch lift (4 inch's from the sagging starting point), all golden.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #13
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Jk black shocks are not as good as the red ones. Red ones are also longer by a little bit. Jk shocks are super soft though, nothing compared to my bilstiens. They gave me a bouncy ride but if you are on a budget then why not.
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