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Unread 02-16-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Doetsch tech 8000 shocks?

Is anyone using these shocks? Are they good? I am looking at the IRO 3 inch lift and can't afford the bilsteins so are the Doetsch tech shocks good? Also IRO suggested using upper adjustable control arms what do you all think is it necessary? I want to replace my front control arms with the IRO ones mostly because all the bushings are shot and just want better arms.

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Unread 02-16-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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They suck. Get a monotube shock if you want a quality ride.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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I run the Doetsch shocks. They have a bit of a rough ride, and they squeaked for quite a while. Apart from that, they do what they need to do. If I could afford Bilsteins, I would have gotten them, but the Doetsches are passable.

That being said, if I were to do my lift over again, I'd spring for the Bilsteins.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 07:11 PM   #4
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spring for the Bilsteins.
nyuk nyuk nyuk
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Unread 02-16-2011, 07:14 PM   #5
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Unread 02-16-2011, 07:22 PM   #6
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Wow, that put a damper on things..........
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Unread 02-16-2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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I don't have any complaints about my DT8000's, not sure why they get so much bad press on here, hydraulic shocks will act like a hydraulic shock. If I were to complain about ride quality, it would be about my mud terrain tires, not my shocks. Adj UCA's aren't necessary with a 3" lift (IMO)
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Unread 02-17-2011, 05:22 AM   #8
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I read all over the place (here and other forums) that DoetschTech are junk. Very squeaky and a hard ride. Monotubes really are the way to go. If you look hard enough you can find the Bilstein 5100s for around $75 per shock shipped. They aren't that much more considering how much better they are.
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Unread 02-17-2011, 06:53 AM   #9
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Unread 02-17-2011, 07:05 AM   #10
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I really like my DT8000's. Slightly stiffer than the stock shocks but also twice as beefy, not to mention the built in bump stop is a great idea. I dropped a front coil on the trail last trip(something some say cant be done with stock control arms) and a combination of the doetsch tech bumpstop and the wheel spacers is probably what saved me from shredding anything.

a lot of people that say they are crap are compairing them to shocks that cost twice as much or more. Really, they flex great and are built very sturdy.

with the DT8000's and the Addco rear sway bar my wj corners back roads like a sports car. I dont worry about blowing one on a bad pot hole. I hit a nasty shallow ditch going way too fast and they came out alright. i only hat time to say "oh shi"BOOOM.
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Unread 02-17-2011, 07:57 AM   #11
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I had the DT8000's, thought they rode too rough for me and they sqeaked real bad when it got cold. Switched to Bilstien's and the ride is much better and no more sqeak.
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Unread 02-17-2011, 08:40 AM   #12
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I've got a buddy with a GC on a 6" lift running Bilsteins and said the ride quality is superb, so I coughed it up and got the Bilsteins with the IRO 3". Should be in tomorrow. I heard mixed reviews about the DT8000's, so I guess we'll see how they ride.
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Unread 02-17-2011, 04:45 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies. Guess I will have to wait a little longer to get the lift and save for the bilsteins.
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Thanks for all the replies. Guess I will have to wait a little longer to get the lift and save for the bilsteins.
Once I get my lift with the Bilsteins in, I'll get a pic in...actually, once I install the lift, then I'll let you know how they ride.
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Unread 02-17-2011, 09:51 PM   #15
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they are rated for a much heavier truck. They were so stiff that over speed bumps, it allowed my tires to leave the ground at more than 6 MPH.

Spend the extra, you will end up changing them out anyway.

My Rubicon Express have been real nice.
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