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Skyjacker 2" Lift with Hydro Shocks

Anyone use this lift or the Hydro shocks alone and have rubber bushing issues?

Had both top back shock bushings tear after 2 weeks... now I have to wait for replacements...

Any issues with running the shocks with ripped bushings other then the noise?


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I just installed that lift 2 weeks ago. Did you have previous experience with pressing in the bar pins and the busings into the shocks? Could you have damaged them during the instalation process? You use white grease (I use Windex, trick I learned on Superlift TV) or another lube to put them in?

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I just got off the phone with Quadratec and they said Skyjacker had a bad batch of bushings (made too soft) and they are sending me all new bushings under warranty. They said this has been happening for the past 2 weeks. Keep an ear out for yours to go bad also.

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i had the hydros on my jeep same thing after two weeks all were shot instead of getting the bushings replaced under warrenty i had them exchange the shocks for a different brand no more rattle now and it rides smother
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i had the hydros on my jeep same thing after two weeks all were shot instead of getting the bushings replaced under warrenty i had them exchange the shocks for a different brand no more rattle now and it rides smother
What kind of shocks did you replace them with? Anything softer than the Hydro's?

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Hydro's here with my 3" FT lift.....bushings went bad within 4 weeks. I'm in the process of changing to Energy Suspension bushings.....I'm not dealing with the BS for $10 worth of bushings.

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I just got off the phone with Quadratec and they said Skyjacker had a bad batch of bushings (made too soft) and they are sending me all new bushings under warranty. They said this has been happening for the past 2 weeks. Keep an ear out for yours to go bad also.
How long you ago did you order yours. Mines been sitting in my living room in the box for 3 or 4 months. Yeah yeah I know that's crazy but I couldn't figure out what else I was doing to the Jeep and I didn't want to throw on the BB without a plan.

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I too installed a BB and went with the Hydro shocks and within 7 miles the rattle began....After crawling underneath and seeing nothing immediately wrong assumed it was my homemade disconnects making the noise and drove on to work.

Once home I couldn't take the freaking rattle any longer, put the original bolts back in the sway bar and drove to the store. First bump it rattled more than the breathing of a 80 year old who had smoked most his life. I crawled under it again and STILL not seeing damage to the bushings grabbed the front passenger side shock and shook it hard! It was the front UPPER bushings--nearly gone on the passenger side and halfway gone on the drivers side. . These were not the result of forcing the pin through the bushing so we can't blame it on that.

I had little pieces of red rubber on the floor of my garage where they had fallen out (later I found a couple in my parking spot at work as well)--The remaining upper bushings had the consistency of a pencil eraser and crumbled easily in my hands.

I had read many posts and tried to replace the bushings before the install and was unable to locate any locally. A call to the factory connected me to an unapologetic representative of the company (explained to him it was my daily driver) and although he promised to get them in the mail to me that day, offered no explanation and didn't seem a bit surprised that it happened in the first place. No sorry, no gonna rush it out to you, no peace offering of a free t shirt, nothing.

My question is that since this a known issue, why don't they replace them before they go out? I'm sure QC knows what batch has the bad bushings went out in why don't they fix them THEN and avoid bad press?

In the mean time, my jeep isn't drivable in it's current state and Skyjacker couldn't give a hoot about me getting to work. Although so far I'm pleased with the ride of these shocks I would offer this advice...
  • Order your Hydro Shocks
  • Turn right around and call Skyjacker and tell them your bushings are crap and need to be replaced
  • Wait until your new bushings arrive and put them in place of the originals

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Man, I need to check mine. I just put some of those on 3 months ago. When I installed my rear shocks. My lower bushings looked squished and not right. Like a frog throat for example squishing out from one side. They seemed way to soft for the torque specs. 75 footlbs I believe. Energy suspension I think is the way to go.


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Anyone have a link to where they purchased their Energy Suspension bushings for the Skyjacker Hydro Shocks???


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Anyone have a link to where they purchased their Energy Suspension bushings for the Skyjacker Hydro Shocks???
Autozone is where I got mine. 5.99/pair. SJ sent me the replacements, but I won't use them unless I have to (don't trust them). Do a search on Polyeurethane Bushings and you'll find other threads on this known problem.

The SJ rep I got a hold of (Chuck) was very apologetic....had the bushings to me in a couple of days.

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Autozone is where I got mine. 5.99/pair.
Are these the 'universal' fit ones?

My bushings seem fine so far, but I might pick some of these up just in case they break apart this weekend when we go on a wheeling trip.
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Are these the 'universal' fit ones?

My bushings seem fine so far, but I might pick some of these up just in case they break apart this weekend when we go on a wheeling trip.
Not vehicle specific, and I know they fit the SJ shocks from experience.

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my skyjackers bushings broke after a few miles of usage. replaced them with energy suspension polyurethane ones on the rear and regular rubber on the front, until i get my front polys .

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I've had mine for a little over a year, never had a problem. There have been a few posts about bad bushings lately though.
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