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Unread 03-11-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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Shocks: SkyJacker Hydros vs. Nitros vs. Others

Ok, So I have the Pro-Comp ES3000 Shocks that came with my Pro-Comp Stage 1 lift, I know, I know I didn't know then what I know now, if I had it to do over again I would have went with the RE 4.5 kit with the 3.5 springs, way better product and value.

Anyways, the ES3000's ride like absolute crap!! They perform OK off-road, but they are very harsh and rough. I've been reading alot of good things in threads about the Skyjacker Softride Hydros, and the price on them is great at $135 for 4 with a $35 Rebate currently, so I'd like to get some reviews from people who have them, and I want to know what everyone thinks of the Nitro version of the same shock, and also any other shocks on the market they recommend.

This is a DD that does see moderate off-road use atleast once a week with big trips every now and then, I want something with capability but also a decent ride. Thanks in advance!!

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Unread 03-11-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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The Nitros will probably be about comparable to your Pro-Comp ES3000s, do not get the Nitros.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 06:12 PM   #3
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I have the Hydros. I think they are very close to stock shocks. My extra bounciness is due to the bigger tires.
I have heard that Nitros come with a free mouthguard so you don't bust out your teeth going over pebbles in the road.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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I have the Hydros. I think they are very close to stock shocks. My extra bounciness is due to the bigger tires.
I have heard that Nitros come with a free mouthguard so you don't bust out your teeth going over pebbles in the road.
Haha, I allready have mine since owning these Pro-comps, do your Hydros ride good? And how do they perform off-road? I have 33's myself so I'm not worried about bounciness as much as roughness.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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I've not had it offroad yet. Hopefully this weekend. I did do some muddy trails the other day, and it was smooth as a baby's bottom. Also, the day after the install I drove 250 miles on the interstate - floated like a Caddy.
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I just threw away my Nitro's and installed a set of SkyJacker hydro and a hydro dual stabalizer set-up and it ride night and day away from the Nitro. Would recommend 100% for the Hydro's...
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Unread 03-11-2008, 06:24 PM   #7
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I've not had it offroad yet. Hopefully this weekend. I did do some muddy trails the other day, and it was smooth as a baby's bottom. Also, the day after the install I drove 250 miles on the interstate - floated like a Caddy.
Let me know how they are on Rocks and choppy ground when you take it out this weekend. Thanks!
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Unread 03-11-2008, 11:56 PM   #8
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Anybody else? Could really use the advice!
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Anybody else? Could really use the advice!
OME if you want to sink $80 for each shock! Otherwise Skyjacker hydros ride as good as stock or better.I have had both (hydros & nitros).I lost 10lbs with the nitros from all the shaking and bouncing my jeep did.
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Unread 03-12-2008, 05:48 AM   #10
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I got the hydro's a while back and I love the way they ride compared to the rubicon express shocks that came with the bb I have. The biggest difference was when I added a bumper/tire carrier and a 33" tire to the back. That added weight makes it ride alot better!
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Unread 03-12-2008, 08:25 AM   #11
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I have the skyjacker nitro's on my Jeep.

Everyone complains about them it seems and claims it is a terrible ride on the road.

Well it's really not. IMO. I don't find it to be that bad. Sure, it's a little stiff, but it's a Jeep so I am not expecting a smooth ride really. I feel that they perform off road better than the hydro's. I like the fact that the nitro's have compression. I don't think I would ever have hydro's. And this Jeep is my DD btw. I would go with the Nitro's. We just put my oldish ones on an XJ and like the way it handles a lot better compared to the Hydro's that were on it from Rusty's.

Now, if you do go skyjacker make sure to paint or clear coat those shocks. They are prone to rusting. I see it a lot. My first ones did and the new ones that I put on not to long ago and clear coated so I think they will be better.
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Unread 03-13-2008, 08:29 PM   #12
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OK, well I ordered my Skyjacker Hydros, should be here tomorrow, I'll let everyone know how much better they ride.
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OK, well I ordered my Skyjacker Hydros, should be here tomorrow, I'll let everyone know how much better they ride.
whats the consensus? im looking at getting these.
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Unread 04-23-2008, 08:45 PM   #14
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Oh, yeah, I've had them on for about a month now, couldn't be happier! You won't be disappointed, great ride, and performs way better off-road.
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Unread 04-23-2008, 08:45 PM   #15
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i ran the procomp es3000 for a month on my 2'' lift.. when i got my acos spacers i upgraded my shocks to the RE monotubes..

great riding shocks.. i HIGHLY recommend them
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