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post #1 of 11 Old 06-02-2020, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 1984 Jeep CJ8 there are a total of 8 shocks on it 2 per tire. It had dual Stabilizers but I took them off because I went down to 33 inch tires But I’m gonna go back up to 35s eventually. I no longer do much off roading so I’d like the best shocks for smooth street driving. Any suggestions on the best shocks to get would be greatly appreciated thank you in advance. I

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-02-2020, 09:26 PM
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How much lift do you have? Obviously stock ones will not fit.

This leaves you with a wide field of custom length shocks.

If you want smooth highway driving, sell the CJ. The leaf spring suspension will never make it smooth.

I suggest a nitrogen gas filled absorber with mutiple stage valving, such as the Monroe Gas-Magnum. As it is a high COG 4x4 you need to control both the bumps (little movements), the sway and the dive (big movement). walk away from anything labelled as "heavy duty" as they will shake your teeth out.

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i just changed out my bds shocks that were about 3 to 4 years old. with a set of bilstien for a 4" lift. they ride so much nicer on the road now with my 33" mudders. went mudding last weekend and worked well bouncing around in and out of the mud and ruts.

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Which type of bilstein did you get?

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I highly suggest you go back to a single shock per axle. The extra shock is only adding to the ride's harshness.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-03-2020, 02:48 PM
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i bought the b8-5125 shocks for a 3-4 inch lift. i paid about 75 dollars each by ordering from rockauto. so i was happy with that. when i bought them i just double checked the extend and compress lengths. with what the specs for bds shocks were.

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-03-2020, 03:49 PM
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^^^ Bilstein's . . . (why the need for dual shocks?)
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-03-2020, 03:53 PM
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I suggest a YJ leaf spring (or any spring wider than stock) with a quality mono tube shock...ride is just fine on or off road. The key to ordering shocks is in figuring out what size you need based on your particular amount of travel.

When you mount a nitro or hydro shock for example, you mount the body of the shock down...on a mono tube shock you can mount in either direction...has to do with the way the valving is designed to operate.
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The softest ride is no shocks at all, but that may lead to sea-sickness and loss of control on a bumpy surface.

For ride quality, I have always preferred a non-gas charged hydraulic shock (like the base shocks in most lift kits). The only issue with those is they will get hot at high speeds on rough roads, sand dunes, river beds, etc. and boil. Depending on your use, may not be a problem.

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To get the cheapest deal on Rock Auto you need to research a bit. A lifted shock of 3", with the same ends but just longer, would be similar to a Jeep Comanche 1990 shock. They start at $11.17 each for a Gabriel Proguard. (No liability taken if I am wrong, Internet surfing took a few minutes)

$11.17?????? What can you buy for $11.17 apart from this shock? And Monroe starts at $16.

Bilsteins are better at $78, no doubt about it. But I can get nearly two trucks of shocks for the price of one Bilstein.

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^^^ (why the need for dual shocks?)
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