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Unread 03-14-2007, 06:59 AM   #1
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Skyjacker Nitro or Hydro?

I hope this hasn't been beat to death- I did a search and couldn't find any good answer. Besides the obvious, what is the difference between Skyjacker Nitro or Hydro shocks? I have Rancho 5000's and I'm looking to switch shocks for a softer ride. I know it's a CJ and it's not going to ride like coils, but I would like to go a little softer. I've heard the Hydro's give a great ride, but I haven't been able to find much about the Nitro's.

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Unread 03-14-2007, 09:44 AM   #2
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This past weekend I actually swapped out my rancho 5000's for some skyjacker 7000 hydros. But my reasoning is that my rancho 5000's werent long enough for the lift that I have. But as I was putting in the new ones, and taking out the ranchos, the hydros seemed a little softer. Also, once i had them in and drove it around, the ride seemed a little softer. It was noticible, but only slightly. No major change in ride
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That's exactly the situation I'm in, and about what I expected. Thanks for the info.
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Unread 03-15-2007, 12:15 AM   #4
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I got a set of hydros and thought there was cement inside them! I will stay with my rancho 9000s on setting 1 ....way softer.
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I'm running Hydro's on mine and they ride great on and off road. I run my Jeep mainly on technical trails and in the mud so these shocks are perfect. If you do any high speed running or like to get some air I would go with Nitro's. Unfortunately these are the only shocks that I have had on my Jeep so I can not make any comparisons for you.
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Quadratec has a nice chart that compares all types of shocks by ride, lift, dimensions, etc. (Shock Advisory). It's very helpful.
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I run those Skyjacker Hydros on mine and they work great. The ride is great both on and off road.
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The Nito's are stiffer than the Hydro's, so I run the Nitro's on my 4500 pound cj.
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What are the advantages of each? (durability, life expectancy and ride) I'm looking at lifting mine and am new with jeeps, any help would be appreciated.
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I would assume that the durability and life expectancy would be the same on both shocks. Which type you choose should really be based on how you intend on using your Jeep.

Hydro's: Excel for slower speeds such as normal trail running, technical trails, mud, and any other terrain that is taken at a normal or slower speed. They would also tend to let you articulate a little better within your suspension travel due to less resistance. These will offer a smoother ride in these conditions as well as on road.

Nitro's: Excel at higher speeds such as blasting dunes, high speed over rough trails or back roads, or if you get air time on a regular basis. These will offer a firmer ride on and off road.
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I would assume that the durability and life expectancy would be the same on both shocks. Which type you choose should really be based on how you intend on using your Jeep.

Hydro's: Excel for slower speeds such as normal trail running, technical trails, mud, and any other terrain that is taken at a normal or slower speed. They would also tend to let you articulate a little better within your suspension travel due to less resistance. These will offer a smoother ride in these conditions as well as on road.

Nitro's: Excel at higher speeds such as blasting dunes, high speed over rough trails or back roads, or if you get air time on a regular basis. These will offer a firmer ride on and off road.
Thanks for the guidance, that's exactly what I needed to know. I appreciate your help.
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