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Unread 12-17-2009, 11:37 PM   #1
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Skyjacker Hydros?

So I am thinking of changing my shocks. My ride is tight and handles well, however it rides ROUGH AS HELL. I feel every little bump, crack and pothole.

I can go over a crack an inch in size and it feels like my teeth are being rattled out.

I was running the Bilstein HD nitro shocks, and switched them out for Edelbrock IAS shocks which are also nitro. The ride was a little better, but barely.

Both of these shocks are expensive. The Edelbrocks are $80 a pop.

I am now thinking of switching to Skyjacker Hydros, as I have heard the hydro will ride much smoother than the nitro.

However I am hesitant to replace expensive shocks with cheap ones. I am afraid that the Skyjackers won't last too long, or that the ride will overall be smoother but since they are not as stiff they won't be able to control larger bumps as well.

Anyone have any thoughts on all this? The Jeep is my DD and its getting to the point where I don't even take the thing anywhere anymore its so harsh.

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Unread 12-18-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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What's the PSI in your tires?
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Unread 12-18-2009, 12:32 AM   #3
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Around 28/29. Running stock size Silent Armors on 17" steel wheels. My tire/rim combo is about 70 lbs.

Not lifted, 3/4 inch front spacer, stock 2 DR rubicon springs on 2DR X.
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Unread 12-18-2009, 12:35 AM   #4
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Hmm, that's interesting. I run my 33's @ 30psi and I have Gas shocks that I purchased along side my 2" lift. Feels a (too me) bit smoother than stock.

Maybe someone with a bit more experience with different shocks can chime in.
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Hmm, that's interesting. I run my 33's @ 30psi and I have Gas shocks that I purchased along side my 2" lift. Feels a (too me) bit smoother than stock.

Maybe someone with a bit more experience with different shocks can chime in.
Steel or alloy wheels? I am wondering if the rough ride could be the weight of that combo.

Also your lift might make the ride softer with gas shocks.
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Unread 12-18-2009, 03:40 AM   #7
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I ran the SJ Hydros for over a year on my 2dr.

They were inexpensive & nice and soft.

I recently upgraded to OME long travel shocks. They are slightly stiffer but give a little more length for flex.

You would be happy with the hydros for all but washboard roads at higher speeds--because they begin to fade if over-heated.
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Unread 12-18-2009, 06:59 AM   #8
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Skyjacker Hydros here. 44k miles and no problems. they behave very well. i have beaten on them quite a bit. I have even broken a bar pin on a rut and the shock was undamaged. i would buy them again.

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Unread 12-19-2009, 05:33 AM   #9
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I like them, only had them for about 9k so far though. But they are cheap enough that if they fail I will just replace them.
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So I am thinking of changing my shocks. My ride is tight and handles well, however it rides ROUGH AS HELL. I feel every little bump, crack and pothole.

I can go over a crack an inch in size and it feels like my teeth are being rattled out.

I was running the Bilstein HD nitro shocks, and switched them out for Edelbrock IAS shocks which are also nitro. The ride was a little better, but barely.

Both of these shocks are expensive. The Edelbrocks are $80 a pop.

I am now thinking of switching to Skyjacker Hydros, as I have heard the hydro will ride much smoother than the nitro.

However I am hesitant to replace expensive shocks with cheap ones. I am afraid that the Skyjackers won't last too long, or that the ride will overall be smoother but since they are not as stiff they won't be able to control larger bumps as well.

Anyone have any thoughts on all this? The Jeep is my DD and its getting to the point where I don't even take the thing anywhere anymore its so harsh.

Would it be a correct assumption that you have only owned passenger cars in the past? I used to own a 1980 CJ7. In comparison the JK ride is as soft as an old Buick.
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Unread 12-19-2009, 08:39 AM   #11
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Would it be a correct assumption that you have only owned passenger cars in the past? I used to own a 1980 CJ7. In comparison the JK ride is as soft as an old Buick.

Yes this is my first Jeep. But when it was stock it felt a lot smoother.
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Unread 12-19-2009, 09:28 AM   #12
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So I am thinking of changing my shocks. My ride is tight and handles well, however it rides ROUGH AS HELL. I feel every little bump, crack and pothole.

I can go over a crack an inch in size and it feels like my teeth are being rattled out.

I was running the Bilstein HD nitro shocks, and switched them out for Edelbrock IAS shocks which are also nitro. The ride was a little better, but barely.

Both of these shocks are expensive. The Edelbrocks are $80 a pop.

I am now thinking of switching to Skyjacker Hydros, as I have heard the hydro will ride much smoother than the nitro.

However I am hesitant to replace expensive shocks with cheap ones. I am afraid that the Skyjackers won't last too long, or that the ride will overall be smoother but since they are not as stiff they won't be able to control larger bumps as well.

Anyone have any thoughts on all this? The Jeep is my DD and its getting to the point where I don't even take the thing anywhere anymore its so harsh.

Unfortunately, your rough ride is a byproduct of 17" and 18" wheels.....not your shocks. The problem with 17 and 18" wheels on jeeps.....jeeps don't ride "well" in the first place. In the "old" days, 15" wheels had much larger sidewalls and absorbed the cracks and small things and you never noticed. But alas....the world of looking good and asthetics came and here we are.....larger wheels to look good and handle better with a suspension that's made for offroad, not cracks and potholes.

With all that said, I've have the nitro's and hydro's on prior vehicles. The nitro's felt good offroad with the stiffer ride, and the hydro's felt better onroad with a bit of squishy feeling offroad. So....to answer your questions, yes, the hydro's will ride better than the nitro's on the road......but it's still going to be rougher ride than if you went to a smaller diameter wheel.

Call it what you will, but it's the inconveinent truth.
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Unread 12-19-2009, 10:44 AM   #13
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Perhaps the best solution might be the Bilstein 5100's that have an adjustable ride feature.
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Unread 12-19-2009, 01:14 PM   #14
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The wheel size theory makes sense bit when I was stock with stock shocks it rode smooth. However those were much lighter wheels since they were alloy and it was street tires.

I guess it's the fact that my wheels are almost 80 lbs with tires on them.

That's another reason I have no gotten the skyjackers I'm afraid that instead of giving a softer ride they won't be able to dampen all that weight at all.

I can't get the bilstein 5100s cause they are only for lifted applications.
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Unread 12-19-2009, 02:53 PM   #15
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You're correct about the 5100's, I meant the Rancho 9000. They fit a stock suspension and have an optional wireless adjustment remote control.
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