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post #1 of 23 Old 03-29-2015, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Stock Shocks

Hey All,

I am looking to replace the shocks and struts on my mothers '07 WK. Her Jeep is strictly an everyday driver. zero towing, zero offroading. Anyone have a suggestion on good OEM or near OEM shocks and struts to buy? I am looking on rockauto and noticing that the MOPAR stuff is exponentially more more expensive than the Monroe or Gabriel stuff. Would I just be paying for the name? Rancho seems to be middle of the road... Also, as I am a WJ guy, I have never bought or replaced struts before... suggestions.. I appreciate it.

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post #2 of 23 Old 03-29-2015, 07:00 PM
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Bilsteins

I like my Bilstein WK. have them for almost 5 years now. Not a single problem.

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I recently installed Monroe Reflex struts and shocks on our 2005 GCL.

Purchased them from Advance Auto - online and picked up at the local store. Used discount code TRT30 for 30% off. Monroe is also running a $60 rebate for the purchase of 2 shocks + 2 struts, or 4 shocks.

Have had good luck with the Monroe Reflex's, still running them in the 2001 Limited for several years.

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yep lovin the bilstein
just recently did 5100 in the rear

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Love my Monroe reflex and LL's. 60k miles and going strong! Way better than the bouncy OEM ride!
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Bilstein 4600s are great

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bilsteins are expensive compared to the bilsteins. ive DD my WK since I bought her, wheeled her twice, but the 80k ive racked up on her has been 99$ highway. ive been runningbilstein 4600s since I bought it and I don't think ill ever go with another shock on this jeep. even when I go back to running a lift, ill be going with a bilstein. if youre on a budget, I would def go Monroe- ran them on a lifted XJ and they were great. I plan on throwing them on my gfs TJ soon. Monroe also makes a quick strut assembly which comes assembled with a coil so you can swap them in and out quicker in the front and avoid the need for a spring compressor.

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I went Mopar because of the 12 month warranty. One of my new shocks was leaking oil after a week and they send another out two day air no questions asked.

http://www.justforjeeps.com/reshwkgrchli.html

They were hard to get a few months ago. Maybe everyone is now replacing and causing a shortage. Who knows.
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I went Mopar because of the 12 month warranty. One of my new shocks was leaking oil after a week and they send another out two day air no questions asked.

http://www.justforjeeps.com/reshwkgrchli.html
IIRC, Monroe and most aftermarket struts and shocks may have a limited lifetime warranty. I've had some Monroe's on a vehicle for 100k+ miles and sold them with the vehicle...still in good working order. Never had to worry about a warranty replacement though. They could be one of those places that has a good warranty but ONLY if you have a "certified" installer put them in as a way to force you to pay for installation.
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A few years back I replaced the worn out OE struts on a Cavalier with lifetime warranty Monroes from Adv Auto. After 100k the Monroes also wore out, so Adv Auto provided replacements, no hassles as long as you have the receipt. At least at that time, no certified installers were required, did it all myself.

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A few years back I replaced the worn out OE struts on a Cavalier with lifetime warranty Monroes from Adv Auto. After 100k the Monroes also wore out, so Adv Auto provided replacements, no hassles as long as you have the receipt.
Nice! Unfortunately I bought them on Amazon...I wonder how that would work...
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IIRC, Monroe and most aftermarket struts and shocks may have a limited lifetime warranty.
correct, bilstein has a lifetime warranty.

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post #13 of 23 Old 03-30-2015, 10:51 AM
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Sounds like the best choice may be whatever you can get cheapest.

Otherwise, I'd go with Bilstein 4600's from Kolak. He'll have a good price.

Being in Jersey, I'd plan on buying two new lower strut fork bolts and two new LCA/Strut fork bushings. If the bolt wont come out, cut it inside the fork with a 4" grinder, destroy the bushing rubber and cut the sleeve out then press new bushings in. I could do the job over again with stuck bolts in just a couple hours.

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I have run Bilstein's on my Jeep, KYB monotube Monomax on my Tbar cranked F150, and I have some Gabriel max control monotubes in the garage waiting to be installed on my Denali. I prefer monotube shocks obviously.

The bilstein's have provided the best ride so far, but the KYB's were on a fullsize truck with the Tbars cranked to the max and LT tires so no shocks were going to make that a comfy ride. That being said control and handling improved immensely on that truck with those shocks.

I'd be willing to bet that you would be happy with a high quality shock from any of those manufacturers.

The gabriel's were by far the cheapest. They appear solid in comparison to the other two.

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Being in Jersey, I'd plan on buying two new lower strut fork bolts and two new LCA/Strut fork bushings. If the bolt wont come out, cut it inside the fork with a 4" grinder, destroy the bushing rubber and cut the sleeve out then press new bushings in. I could do the job over again with stuck bolts in just a couple hours.
Thanks for the info. I had not thought about anything like that. I am sure 8 years of NJ road salt will have those bolts nice and frozen.

Thanks for your input everyone. I am pretty sure I am going to go with the Monroes. I was able to get that discount code locked in making it an easy choice. Besides, there is no way my mother's WK is getting Bilsteins before my WJ does.. I am still living with SkyJacker Hydro 7000s as a daily reminder of my poor judgement
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