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Unread 04-15-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Best shocks for not a lot of money

I have a 1984 CJ7 that sees little to no off roading with no lift and is used just to drive around town with top down and maybe some light off roading. I need a new set of shocks on it and was wondering what the best shocks are out there for my type of use for not a lot of money. I mean Bilsteins are great but if you are not driving it every day or going off road I just don't see paying that kind of money for them. I may be wrong. Let me know what you guys think.

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Unread 04-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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What does your butt & back mean by "not a lot of money". $$$ wise ?
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Unread 04-16-2012, 07:24 AM   #3
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What does your butt & back mean by "not a lot of money". $$$ wise ?
well said.


nolefan,

not to be too cheap but i bought the red Gabriel shocks from AZ to get me by for now. they're $20ea but seem to rebound pretty well. ive had them on and off road and you wont hear one complaint from me about them.

now... on the other hand, they're $20...i dont expect them to last another 25 yrs but they'll do until a lift kit goes on.
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Unread 04-16-2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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What does your butt & back mean by "not a lot of money". $$$ wise ?
Good point. I don't want to get the cheapest as the old saying is you get what you pay for, but I don't need the shocks that cost $100+ per shock either.
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I mostly drive around town and light trails around the back 40... I'm running a shackle reversal and a standard set of shocks from one of the parts houses (AZ or Advanced.. can't remember). Rides great! I could see spending money if I needed crazy travel, or worked the shocks enough to get them hot, but for daily driving, I think basic shocks work just fine.
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I bought a set of Gabriels on sale on Rockauto for $10 each and it's the nicest my CJ5 has ever ridden. Probably not the best offroad shocks, but on the road they are great.

Too many people overspend on shocks for a CJ. If you get a really stiff gas charged shock it's going to ride like crap because a CJ is so light. Most people never partake in high speed desert racing, so going too fancy is probably just a waste of money.
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I highly recommend Doestch Tech Dt-3000. I really like the ride from them.
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I bought a set of Gabriels on sale on Rockauto for $10 each and it's the nicest my CJ5 has ever ridden. Probably not the best offroad shocks, but on the road they are great.

Too many people overspend on shocks for a CJ. If you get a really stiff gas charged shock it's going to ride like crap because a CJ is so light. Most people never partake in high speed desert racing, so going too fancy is probably just a waste of money.
So are you recommending not getting the gas charged ones, just basic oil-filled?
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The Gabriels I got are gas charged, but not overly stiff. If you can fairly easily compress the shock by hand it's not too bad.
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It is a Cj on leaf springs, your not going to flex it out or do high speed off roading unless you have a suspension seat. Go to your local parts store. maybe check out a couple of different stores to see what they sell and the price on them. Don't buy the real cheap ones, pic the middle of the road and you will be happy.
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So is $40 per shock middle of the road?
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$40 sounds like the high end of middle-of-the-road. You can get a set of Rancho's 5000s for $40 a piece.
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5000's ride like a dump truck
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Unread 04-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #14
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My Dt-3000s ride nice and for $40 per I don't think you can do any better. They are not rock crawler shocks but for around town and lite to medium trails they do great.
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Just bought a set of Monroe's for front and back $86 for all 4 out the door
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