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post #1 of 4 Old 08-09-2013, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Dampners, Weigh in (maybe pun intended?)

So I am on the fence about the shocks/struts on her truck. I really like KYB as a budget brand, and bilstein as a high end choice for dampners on anything. For the WK, the price is close, so I was wondering what you guys think of both brands.

The truck hauls a car/my ZJ randomly, it will never be lifted, it will never see off road if I can help it, and I think I may in the future go to an SRT swaybar.

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-09-2013, 06:33 AM
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IMO KYB is probably a good stock replacement and the bilsteins is a step up . I've had rancho's , skyjackers ,monroe , no name , etc . on various vehicles and they all performed well , and noticeably better of course then the worn out stockers , but i always found after i got used to them they were either a little too stiff (ranchos)or a little too soft (most of the rest) . Even after a year I find the bilsteins to be prety much spot on for my wk ( i drive lots of gravel and hi-way) . I got mine through Kolak here and the price was comparable , if not cheaper then anything i could find .( although we still get screwed on some car parts in Canada) .
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-09-2013, 07:22 PM
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I have used both brands in the past on other vehicles.
If $ is not a problem, go with bilstein.


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post #4 of 4 Old 08-10-2013, 04:59 PM
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"Dampners" (properly spelled "dampeners") are things that make other things wet (lawn sprinklers, etc.). Shock absorbers are suspension "dampers". Just saying...

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