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post #31 of 38 Old 07-30-2014, 03:36 PM
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Teraflex are the ones to get. Get them off jeepinbyal.com Those are the ones 99 percent of lifted Libbys use.


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post #32 of 38 Old 07-30-2014, 03:39 PM
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Teraflex are the ones to get. Get them off jeepinbyal.com Those are the ones 99 percent of lifted Libbys use.
correction......99.972%





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post #33 of 38 Old 08-03-2014, 07:58 PM
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Thanks.

What's the gripe with KYB items? Not good quality? For someone who off-roads once a year and tows a boat to unimproved ramps every weekend I'm sure they'll work fine?
I can shed a little light on what is talked about. Sooooo...

KYB isn't necessarily a bad brand.. From what I understood, they were one of the OEM suppliers to Chrysler for the LX cars (Charger, Magnum, 300). I couldn't pin it down since some other sources said they were also supplied with Sachs shocks as well. Anyway, I used KYB's gas shocks when I did the front suspension rebuild on my 300C. I also replaced the rears. I put on about 25 to 30k miles on that rebuild and traded it in with it still riding like a new car. Handled great as well. So, I can say that they did a good job. That said, I didn't even consider them when I looked to replace the shocks on my Liberty. Here is why.

It has been known that Bilstein makes a great truck shock. I wasn't sure I needed to go "that good" except for my experience working on my wife's Mercedes R350. That tank had air springs in the rear. They are a known major issue with those beasts. I converted hers to coil springs. That was at 75k miles. The constantly failing air bags toasted the shocks as well. Bilstein is the OEM provider for Mercedes, so I got a pair. Pricey but figured go with OEM quality. Like I said, that thing is a tank. It weighs over 4900lbs dry!!! I thought for sure the fronts would be going.... at 96k now, they are still fine. Unbelievable. So, given that car's history with me, I am now a firm fan of Bilstein.

Will the KYB's serve someone well... maybe.. I wouldn't say they are a bad brand, far from it. Just will what they make for a truck work as well as their car stuff? I wouldn't chance it, not when Bilsteins can be had for only a little more per unit.

Oh, and when I was doing up my Chrysler, the KYB's were about $50 a unit when the equivalent Bilstein for that car was $150, and the Sachs were $100. So I decided to stay away from the German stuff for that....
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post #34 of 38 Old 08-03-2014, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bilsteins can be had for only a little more per unit.

Oh, and when I was doing up my Chrysler, the KYB's were about $50 a unit when the equivalent Bilstein for that car was $150


I didn't base my purchase solely on cost.

But to be fair:

KYB:
Front 64.35 *2= 128.70
Rear 43.11 *2= 86.22
Total 214.92

Bilstein:
Front 154*2= 308
Rear 88*2= 176
Total 484

Difference of $269 or a 125% premium for bilstein.
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post #35 of 38 Old 07-18-2015, 02:59 PM
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Any update on this? How are the shocks?
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post #36 of 38 Old 08-23-2015, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the delay.

Liberty sits at 51k miles. So, that's about 20k on these kyb's. Shocks are completely fine with many more miles ahead for them. Hell of a lot better than the stock suspension body roll.

Tommudd is wrong about these shocks along with the other naysayers. My wife has been daily driving it for the last 15k miles or so. Trust me, if they weren't fine she would have complained about it already.

Bilsteins are probably a better shock for this vehicle but the KYB's haven't shown any signs of being a bad choice either. So, there you go. You guys can make your own decisions on what you want to do with your money but this is what I did and we are still happy 20k miles later.
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post #37 of 38 Old 08-25-2015, 10:35 AM
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Sorry for the delay.

Liberty sits at 51k miles. So, that's about 20k on these kyb's. Shocks are completely fine with many more miles ahead for them. Hell of a lot better than the stock suspension body roll.

Tommudd is wrong about these shocks along with the other naysayers. My wife has been daily driving it for the last 15k miles or so. Trust me, if they weren't fine she would have complained about it already.

Bilsteins are probably a better shock for this vehicle but the KYB's haven't shown any signs of being a bad choice either. So, there you go. You guys can make your own decisions on what you want to do with your money but this is what I did and we are still happy 20k miles later.
Most any shock will last 20,000, even the cheap ones Rustys provide last about that length of time. I ran my first lift 100,000 miles then installed it on a friends, no issues. So report back at say, ...well 65,000

Just like to provide as much information as possible.
Some had tried those shocks back 6-8 years ago and upgraded to OME etc, so just wanting to make everyone aware

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post #38 of 38 Old 08-25-2015, 09:56 PM
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Most any shock will last 20,000, even the cheap ones Rustys provide last about that length of time. I ran my first lift 100,000 miles then installed it on a friends, no issues. So report back at say, ...well 65,000

Just like to provide as much information as possible.
Some had tried those shocks back 6-8 years ago and upgraded to OME etc, so just wanting to make everyone aware
Curious did the suspension settle? I am probably going with this same lift minus the kyb's. How does this lift compare to jba 2.5 ?
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