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post #1 of 6 Old 08-27-2019, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Nitro vs Hydro

Searched this forum for 'nitrogen' and 'nitro'. Empty.

So I'll ask.

It's my understanding that nitrogen shocks ride worse than hydraulic shocks. It's also my understanding that nitrogen shocks are the choice for off-road as they will not cavitate as will hydraulic shocks. But it's also my understanding that will only occur if you are at the extreme end of off-roading. Is this still a concern for the weekend warrior (or maybe once-a-month warrior) that spends most of its time on the street?

I currently have OME Nitro shocks. They are old so I can't say they would be a good benchmark. They were old when I bought them. That said, the ride is fine for me. Just a few steps up from a tractor and I'm ok with that. Will hydraulic shocks have a smoother ride? Enough to notice?


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post #2 of 6 Old 08-27-2019, 03:19 PM
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Shocks act to dampen bumps. If you have a lot of bouncing, changing shocks will help

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Shocks act to dampen bumps. If you have a lot of bouncing, changing shocks will help
um. yes. but my question is a bit more specific regarding nitrogen charged vs. hydraulic.

It's a jeep. It will bounce. My flab can attest to that. I would prefer my flab have the least amount of bounce. Yet I want my vehicle to still be capable off road.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-27-2019, 06:45 PM
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I have plain old hydraulic shocks on my trail riding Jeeps, and gas shocks on my street Jeeps. The gas shock have a firmer ride.

Buy some decent quality hydraulic shocks and they will ride just fine. DeotschTech, and BDS make good hydraulic shocks that don't cost a great deal.

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I have nitro's on my YJ and WJ and they work great on and off road. When looking at shocks the one thing you want to look at is the valving. If the valving is not closely matched to your springs you will have either a harsh ride or one that is to soft. Is your jeep lifted, give us some more info.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-31-2019, 02:26 PM
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um. yes. but my question is a bit more specific regarding nitrogen charged vs. hydraulic.
It really depends on the shock. Rancho's old hydraulic RS5000 rides FAR MORE stiffly than my previous gas-charged OME Nitrochargers or Rancho RS5000x shocks which were also gas charged.

To me, the OME Nitrocharger and Rancho RS5000x shocks are some of the best riding, overall, aftermarket shocks around. It takes a custom valved and more expensive shock to outdo either.

Too bad OME replaced the great riding Nitrochargers with the current Nitrocharger Sports which ride much more stiffly.

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