yeah RC has had a bad rep for some time but I really have been pleased with all my parts and purchases... they are turning things around with service and quality of parts... i really am surprised my TJ is riding on their coils and soon - hopefully tonight- their shocks! and i like them! ok nuff' talk - shock pics!
just drove around the block and over some speed bumps... nothing too exciting...
definitely firmer than the hydro shocks i had on there... seems to have a little less sway in the corners (to be expected with a nitro shock)... going over speed bumps at 30 mph was more comfortable - the back end did not "drop" like the hydro shocks did... not as caddy as old man emu springs/ shocks but for RC coils (I have 2.5 progressive 4 cyl rate - 7 months on em with body armor, winch, spare 33, bumpers) and shocks the road manners are great.
anyways needs more miles and such but I am a happy camper - installed pics in the morn!
i have them but my opinion is irrelevant. i have them, but the rear end of my jeep rides like complete crap since i did the sye and angled the pinion. if i relocate the rear spring it would probably be a lot better.
I have some updates related to the performance of these shocks.
About after 6 months from first installing these, I noticed that both front shocks lost pressure and leaked. The rear shocks were fine and still were pressurized. When I removed the fronts, both piston rods no longer extended. Keep in mind that this was only from daily driving, these shocks had yet to see offroad use. I called Jeffery and he sent me two new front shocks immediately, always the best service. I installed the new front shocks just in time to test them off road at the Badlands IN.
As for handling, these shocks are great for daily driving and very light offroad use, but I do not recommend them for moderate to extreme off roading. I noticed the shocks beginning to gas out and lose pressure very quickly when our group left the parking lot and ran through the dunes over to the quarry. The dunes was high speed with lot of woops and bumps which really put the shocks to the test, but by the time I got to the quarry the shocks had lost their stiffness and felt extremely soft. Stabilization became less as I climbed up rock walls and over rock sections. These shocks definitely made the ride smooth, but it got scary at times when the weight of the jeep would shift and rock back and forth, or bounce.
Keep in mind, I am on LAs with no sway bars so I have very little CA resistance and naturally more side to side roll. My setup greatly relies on coil / shock performance and I can easily tell when the shocks begin to fatigue because it causes major instability. I'm going to switch to a stronger high performance shock / coil setup down the road.
So far I haven't noticed any leaking from the new set of front shocks, and the rears are fine as well so it might have been a random fluke, but keep an eye for leaking around the seal where the piston rod slides into the shock body.
if i relocate the rear spring it would probably be a lot better.
It would definitely make the ride a lot better. I have rear coil relocators and they make the world of difference. Not to mention, having too much of a bend in your coils for too long of a time can eventually wear them out and cause coil fatigue.