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Ghaniba 07-03-2010 04:25 AM

Shocks - Skyjacker Hydros
 
Yesterday I installed new shocks. I removed the Rough Country shocks that came with my 2yr old-ish 4" lift. They were NOT the 2.2s. One of them I folded a bit, so replacement was necessary.

My goal was to find a shock that would finish out this season of wheeling, as I want to do a long arm kit over this winter, and possibly new axles. I didn't want to spend a ton of cash on something that I reasonably need for 3-5 months.

I decided on Skyjacker Hydros.

I am absolutely LOVING these shocks. It made my jeep roll on the street AND on the trails like a big comfy Mercedes. It has taken away all the harsh hopping and replaced it with a smooth transition. I haven't tried anything technical yet, but I went down a little test trac with lots of whooptie-doos (used for local dirt bikers, mainly)

I was going to get the higher priced Nitro shocks but read that they were harsh, too.

I can't believe how smooth of a ride my short arm 4" lifted jeep is.

I ended up buying them from Quadratec after not finding them much cheaper anywhere else, and quadratec does get stuff to my house next day, with ground shipping selected...

Here's what my invoice looked like:

QTY ITEM DESCRIPTION $ AMOUNT

2 16016 106 SKYJACKER HYDRO SHOCK H7025R 73.98
2 16016 107 SKYJACKER HYDRO SHOCK H7028R 73.98
**********
PRODUCT 147.96
TAX 0.00
POSTAGE & HANDLING 25.99
**********
VISA TOTAL $ 173.95



For under $200, it's the -best- money I've spent on my jeep. Had I known I would have put them on a year ago. I can't say enough about it!!!

Dave aka Ghan

2kbeep 07-03-2010 05:33 AM

I would have chosen a different shock. I don't know why anyone would recommend them or give them high marks. To each his own. I think they ride like wore out shocks. I think skyjacker buys all the rejects and cleans them up and sells them as new. Total junk in my book. My .02

yarmish 07-03-2010 06:02 AM

:rolleyes: I love my skyjacker hydros as do several others in my club. They ride GREAT and are inexpensive. Now the skyjacker nitros ride like your axles are welded to the frame:thumbsup:

xjfever 07-03-2010 06:30 AM

They ride pretty nice on my junk also.

TheBoogieman 07-03-2010 07:15 AM

They are very good riding shocks.I sold a set(under 3000 miles) to a member here for $80 shipped.You can get them new for $147 shipped.:D

DBLJ 07-03-2010 07:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2kbeep (Post 9729321)
I would have chosen a different shock. I don't know why anyone would recommend them or give them high marks. To each his own. I think they ride like wore out shocks. I think skyjacker buys all the rejects and cleans them up and sells them as new. Total junk in my book. My .02

Sorry but they make the 2.2 shocks look like ****.

bciocco 07-03-2010 07:41 AM

The first thing I did to my jeep was Hydro Shocks. They really improved the ride.

BlueFlame 07-03-2010 06:03 PM

edit: I see the price was pairs...

(don't see a delete button, whats up with that...)

2kbeep 07-03-2010 06:12 PM

2.2s are gold compared to the hydros

Jerry Bransford 07-03-2010 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2kbeep (Post 9731515)
2.2s are gold compared to the hydros

Not very many at all would agree with that but to each his own. :)

monkeee2002 07-03-2010 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ghaniba (Post 9729289)
Yesterday I installed new shocks. I removed the Rough Country shocks that came with my 2yr old-ish 4" lift. They were NOT the 2.2s. One of them I folded a bit, so replacement was necessary.

My goal was to find a shock that would finish out this season of wheeling, as I want to do a long arm kit over this winter, and possibly new axles. I didn't want to spend a ton of cash on something that I reasonably need for 3-5 months.

I decided on Skyjacker Hydros.

I am absolutely LOVING these shocks. It made my jeep roll on the street AND on the trails like a big comfy Mercedes. It has taken away all the harsh hopping and replaced it with a smooth transition. I haven't tried anything technical yet, but I went down a little test trac with lots of whooptie-doos (used for local dirt bikers, mainly)

I was going to get the higher priced Nitro shocks but read that they were harsh, too.
....
For under $200, it's the -best- money I've spent on my jeep. Had I known I would have put them on a year ago. I can't say enough about it!!!

Dave aka Ghan

Thanks for posting this! I've been shopping around for shocks, and I'm looking for a cushy ride.
I installed an OME lift on my previous ride -'97 Tacoma- and that thing rode like my seat was bolted to the axle afterward.

Zackb911 07-03-2010 06:25 PM

I replaced my week old 2.2's with SJ Hydros and I'm glad I did.

*FYI: I called SJ and they do not recommend mounting the Hydros upside down in the rear.

2kbeep 07-03-2010 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 9731520)
Not very many at all would agree with that but to each his own. :)

I knew you'd say that Jerry. Just can't stand the hydros. I know others have rode in high priced cars or trucks with primo suspension but the hydros just won't do it for me. Yes to each his own.

BlueFlame 07-03-2010 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2kbeep (Post 9731560)
I knew you'd say that Jerry. Just can't stand the hydros. I know others have rode in high priced cars or trucks with primo suspension but the hydros just won't do it for me. Yes to each his own.

Sounds like you're saying that it has to ride harsh and rough to make you happy?


If I may suggest, if a person doesn't prefer a soft ride but does want control and compliance and doesn't want their kidneys trying to escape out their ears, Bils 5100s are awesome. Firm and smooth at the same time.

2kbeep 07-03-2010 06:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueFlame (Post 9731579)
Sounds like you're saying that it has to ride harsh and rough to make you happy?


If I may suggest, if a person doesn't prefer a soft ride but does want control and compliance and doesn't want their kidneys trying to escape out their ears, Bils 5100s are awesome. Firm and smooth at the same time.

No I like a smooth ride just like the next guy but running the 2.2s for about a year they are alot better than the hydros IN MY OPINION. Reason I tried the hydros was due to reviews and I won't listen to them any more unless it's savvy or currie products.


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