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Unread 01-06-2011, 06:51 AM   #1
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Best Shocks for TJ?

I have a clunking noise coming from the front of the jeep. We have checked the sway bar and other connections and nothing seems loose. Anyway, I think the shocks are original for my 2000 so they probably need replacing. Can anyone tell me the best shock for my TJ? Its mostly driven on the road, with occasional snow during the winter.

Also, do you think it will get rid of the clunking noise I hear when going over small bumps, train tracks?

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Unread 01-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #2
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Most people on this site tend to like blistein or OME. It may get rid of the clunking. Have you checked your axle u joints I had a clunking noise up front while turning ended up being the u joints were gone.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #3
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I prefer OME Nitrochargers or Bilstein 5100or5125 shocks for my needs . I had a clunk similar to your description and it was worn out sway bar bushing where it mounts on top of the frame under the Plastic cover between the bumper and grill . 10mm wrench will remove the cover . just look at the edge of the metal mount and the sway bar and you will see some shinny metal where occasionally the bracket and the sway bar will make contact when you drive over slight bumps . New bushings are cheap if that is the cause, could be many things but thats a start .
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I have a similar clunking noise in the FR/ Passenger Side. I got a free alignment from a 4x4 shop that I trust a week ago and they checked the driveline components and they all checked out okay. And I only get the noise going over bumps like railroads. Not while turning.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 09:19 AM   #5
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stand on the front bumper and bounce the jeep up and down side to side with the sway bar not attatched have someone lay under the jeep and listen for the noise last time i check shocks dont really make noise when they go out on less your just bottoming them out . good luck
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Unread 01-06-2011, 10:23 AM   #6
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Thanks for the shock info. I will check to see if they are bouncy. Is there a strut mount that could be making the noise?

The clunking noise is just over bumps, not while turning. It only takes a slight bump. I will bounce it up and down to see if I can make it happen again. Ill check out the sway bar mount, I pulled on it the other day and everything seemed tight. I also have greased the zerk fittings but still get the sound.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 10:44 AM   #7
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When I had a 2" spacer lift and the original shocks, one of the back ones eventually failed and made a loud clunk every time I went over a bump. When I put my OME lift on (with OME shocks) it went away.
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There is no such thing as best shocks.Maybe most expensive shocks.A TJ is going to ride like a TJ no matter how much you spend on shocks.What are you willing to spend to get a Jeep ride is more of a question?I buy lower priced RC,Skyjacker and they ride better than stock(IMO) and have rode in Jeeps with OME and I can't tell a noticeable difference to make up for double the price tag.A Jeep always rides like a Jeep(unless you go with LA's).
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Unread 01-06-2011, 11:23 AM   #9
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There is no such thing as best shocks.Maybe most expensive shocks.A TJ is going to ride like a TJ no matter how much you spend on shocks.What are you willing to spend to get a Jeep ride is more of a question?I buy lower priced RC,Skyjacker and they ride better than stock(IMO) and have rode in Jeeps with OME and I can't tell a noticeable difference to make up for double the price tag.A Jeep always rides like a Jeep(unless you go with LA's).
I agree with this to an extent, I'm also trying to determine what shocks to replace my OEMs with......(2" BB). Not looking for a Cadillac ride, just a good quality shock. I'm leaning towards OME.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #10
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I agree with this to an extent, I'm also trying to determine what shocks to replace my OEMs with......(2" BB). Not looking for a Cadillac ride, just a good quality shock. I'm leaning towards OME.
Check out BDS .
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Unread 01-06-2011, 01:15 PM   #11
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There is no such thing as best shocks.Maybe most expensive shocks.A TJ is going to ride like a TJ no matter how much you spend on shocks.What are you willing to spend to get a Jeep ride is more of a question?I buy lower priced RC,Skyjacker and they ride better than stock(IMO) and have rode in Jeeps with OME and I can't tell a noticeable difference to make up for double the price tag.A Jeep always rides like a Jeep(unless you go with LA's).
Thats just a case of not knowing any better.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 01:17 PM   #12
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Bilstein

I thought that I would add my

I put Bilstein 5100's on my TJ when I lifted it and I like them, since then one of the other guys in our club has put them on his Jeep and he likes them two.

Hope that helps
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Unread 01-06-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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Thanks, any more ideas on the clunking sound??
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Unread 01-06-2011, 07:42 PM   #14
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I had a clunking sound that seemed to come from the front suspension - checked everything and found that the clutch pedal would rattle and vibrate through the sheet metal when I hit a bump or pothole. No fix I know of - it just suddenly started making noise then stopped after I tracked it down.

If not the clutch pedal, try seeing if the hood shakes or if your sway bar links are broken.

I like Bilstein shocks.
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Unread 06-27-2011, 09:42 PM   #15
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clunk noise

My front swaybar bushings were really sloppy and clunking, I took a couple of thick washers and installed on the undersides of the bushings to force them up and manage the slop. That was 2 years ago and they haven't loosened up again.

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