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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Best midrange shocks, and cost?

Hey guys.

Ive got a 2in spring lift, and Im running 265x75/r15s.

Tomorrow, Ill be the proud papa of some like new 32x11.5s.

My current shocks are more than questionable. They have been on the 2000 Sahara so long the rubber grommets have either slipped the shock, totally shredded, or are gone completely. That doesnt leave me any confidence in them. Im taking it to the shop this week to have a few things done, and as long as they have it in the air, I thought Id replace the shocks. They can just replace the grommets, but as I just bought the Jeep a few months ago, I dont know its history and would feel better with new shocks all around.

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For a daily driver/light trail sometimes 2000 TJ, what is a good mid range set of 4 shocks and the price? I dont need the gold plated ones, but I dont want Wallys $1 whole sale either. I am on a budget.

Advice for a decent road ride, and the ability to play on the dirt and small rocks once in a while?

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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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I love my Old Man Emu shocks, both on and off the road.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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More budgety..

$150 range for all four..
Looking to get it basic solid as it been on the road for 13yrs and I dont know anything about it.

Ill play with it next tax season.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Are you still running OEM length shocks? Either way, for that budget I'd just go to Napa and get their Monroe Sensatrac shocks. Those will be fine.
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Skyjacker and Pro-Comp could probably be had for $150 for 4. Rancho's would probably be $200. I've run Rancho shocks on my YJ, they were ok.
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Skyjacker and Pro-Comp could probably be had for $150 for 4. Rancho's would probably be $200. I've run Rancho shocks on my YJ, they were ok.
I've had skyjacker hydros and I liked them. They get my vote.

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Unread 02-10-2013, 06:28 AM   #7
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Low-Cost, High-Pressure Monotubes

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More budgety..

$150 range for all four..
Looking to get it basic solid as it been on the road for 13yrs and I dont know anything about it.

Ill play with it next tax season.
In that price range, I'm guessing the strongest on-road performer would be KYB Gasajust. It's a monotube with a high-pressure gas charge (280 psi, last time I checked), so it will give you high-end performance on road.

Another advantage of Gasjust is that their compressed lengths appear to be a good fit for factory bumpstops. Most other "no-lift" shocks require rear bumpstop extension (1.25" for OME, 0.75" for many of the others). Even Monroe-branded rear shocks are too long for factory bumpstops. However, their Rancho 7000 no-lift shock appears to be a good fit for factory bumps.

I've been seeing on-line adds popping up for Gasajust at $35 per shock (sorry I don't remember where, but normally they were had for $50). As the least expensive monotube, I doubt Gasjust has multi-stage valving, but they should not be excessively firm off road, because their gas charge is not as high as Bilstein's.
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Unread 02-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #8
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Zone's nitro shocks. They will fit your budget and ride very nicely. I prefer them over any other budget shock.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:31 AM   #9
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If you're still in the market, I just wanted to point out this thread

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/bi...g-out-1466218/

It seems the guy got shocks that seemed as though they might fit factory bumpstops, but they didn't quite work out (compressed length a bit longer than spec, etc.).

The budget KYB monotubes that I mentioned are spec'd with a slightly shorter compressed length (than the ones discussed in that thread) in the rear, so they should work, but you'll still want to double-check as suggested in that thread.

Near the end of the thread, they discuss adding a washer or 2 to the bumpstops, if it turns out your shocks almost fit, but not quite.

Need to be especially careful about compressed length on rear shocks, because so many of the "no lift" shocks for TJs can require significant bumpstop extension, like 0.75" or greater.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #10
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My recommendations for a mid-priced shock:

BDS 5500 - about $50/shock. (might be identical to cheaper Zone shocks, but I'm not positive)

Bilstein 5100 - about $75/shock.
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