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Unread 07-03-2010, 04:25 AM   #1
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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
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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

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Unread 07-03-2010, 05:33 AM   #2
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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
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:02 AM   #3
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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
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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They ride pretty nice on my junk also.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 07:15 AM   #5
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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.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 07:19 AM   #6
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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 ****.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 07:41 AM   #7
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The first thing I did to my jeep was Hydro Shocks. They really improved the ride.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:03 PM   #8
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edit: I see the price was pairs...

(don't see a delete button, whats up with that...)
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:12 PM   #9
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2.2s are gold compared to the hydros
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:14 PM   #10
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2.2s are gold compared to the hydros
Not very many at all would agree with that but to each his own.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:18 PM   #11
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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.
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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.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:25 PM   #12
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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.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:28 PM   #13
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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.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:34 PM   #14
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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.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 06:47 PM   #15
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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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