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post #1 of 21 Old 03-09-2015, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Lifted Shocks suggestions?

Alright guys so I just replaced my tierod and draglink and all of the tierod ends as well. I'm now looking at IRO 3.5" lift to fit 31" tires under with NO trimming.

Here's my question, how are the Skyjacker Hydro shocks that come with it?

I'm looking for mostly onroad comfort than offroad capability. I only wheel a few weekends a year, but drive her daily to work. Taking this in consideration, which would be a more comfortable ride for the money? I'm looking for stock ride or better. I'm open to other brand suggestions as well. Thanks!



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post #2 of 21 Old 03-09-2015, 11:00 AM
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31s fit fine on 3.5 lift with only minor rubbing on the control arms at full lock. I haven't had any personal experience with other brand shocks but I can tell you the white tubes that come with the iro lift are very stiff.
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-09-2015, 11:18 AM
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I like my RE shocks but little bouncy in the butt. ( going to a stiffer one to fix )

A lot of the guys run blistin I believe and they are soupsed to be best for better OEM ride

Sky jacker is lower end . Not in my list of picks

Sell them and use that to off set cost of better ones

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Damn lol the price tag is hefty for bilsteins. Screw it. I guess go big or go home right? @ian you said they rub on the CAs? Can you post a picture of this? I want to see how bad before I go blow 600$ + on a lift. Thanks!

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post #5 of 21 Old 03-09-2015, 12:21 PM
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Without less back spacing, the wider tires will rub on the lower control arms when in tight turns. Wheel spacers or new wheels with less back spacing will solve this. 3.75" -4" of back spacing is ideal.

You are not going to get a lift that doesn't rub tires someplace. No matter what you are going to have to trim the plastic front bumper a little.
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Damn. Polka do you think the rubicon express shocks ride well? Fisherman swears by them. What about u?

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I've never used them but I think Edelbrock makes them. I have used Edelbrock IAS shocks on my first ZJ and they were nice.

You may as well run 32's. That what I would do. You can fit 31's on a 2" lift.
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I heard on the 3.5" lift that 31's wont rub.....with 32's will I have to trim?

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You will not have to trim any metal but you will have to trim some of the bumper cover. It's not a big deal though.
The area the tires rub are when turning on the lower control arms because they are wider. So when you get wheels with less back spacing or spacers to push the tires out more, they put the tread in line with the front bumper cover edges and thats where it will rub when turning.

You will still have to trim a little for the 31's.
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I've never used them but I think Edelbrock makes them. I have used Edelbrock IAS shocks on my first ZJ and they were nice.
I've heard that bilstein make them now.

But as far as pictures of the rubbing I can try and get some later today but the rubbing really isn't that bad. You can almost get to full lock.
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If you are buying the complete kit get the Bilsteins with it because you get a break on the price vs buying them after. I took a chance and went with the standard shocks and they are way to stiff for what the ZJ weighs so I'm saving up for some of the Bilsteins from IRO. If you had front and rear bumpers, winch and sliders they would probably be tolerable but for daily driving my BMW with coil-overs rides better.
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Bilsteins, I don't run anything else.

Even at 3.5" you're going to need to trim if you actually wheel.


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post #13 of 21 Old 03-09-2015, 05:19 PM
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I'm an LJ and XJ guy, but I happened to be in this part of the forum and I saw this thread.

While I can't comment on ZJ's specifically, I do know that Skyjacker hydro shocks are reputed to be soft riding and comfortable with reasonable on road handling.

Bilstein 5100 shocks, which I have on my XJ, are soft enough riding and reasonably comfortable, but handle pretty good.

If you don't care much about comfort and want very good handing (at the cost of a mild beating every time you drive), look at the Monroe Reflex shocks. They're known to handle very well. They aren't comfortable riding, but are less painful than most other high performance shocks.

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Also, note that any shocks take a few thousand miles to break-in if you drive on road only. If you drive on and off road, it takes around 250 to 500 miles for them to fully break-in, depending on how much you off road and how hard you work it.

New shocks (any brand) are much stiffer than they will be after break-in. So take that into account. My new Bilstein 5100 shocks used to beat me up (I have back/spine problems), but after break-in they feel good and still handle reasonably well. The Billy 5100 are IMO about a 50/50 compromise between handling and comfort. They Skyjacker Nitro would be weighted more towards comfort. The Monroe Reflex more toward performance.

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P.S. - the 3 brands I mentioned are the only 3 I'd consider for an LJ or XJ. There might be other good choices available for ZJ. I don't know much about ZJ.

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post #15 of 21 Old 03-09-2015, 08:02 PM
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Bilstein 5100s. You won't regret it. Great high speed damping over rough terrain, reasonable ride on the street.
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