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So I've been through about 100 pages and can't find anything about this. I blew out one of my shocks and the other three are leaking. I've got a 4" lift on 35's. I'm wanting to get something done this week. Any recommendations? I mostly use this to play but travel a good distance on highway to get to some locations. No idea what shocks are on it now. There are no labels or numbers on them and they were on it when I bought it.

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-04-2018, 01:40 AM
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What brand/model are the shocks you are running now?

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My Jeep is a dd. I commute about an hour to and from work everyday.
I had run Bilsteins for years and was very happy with the ride. I just recently installed a set of Fox 2.0 shocks and couldn't be happier.

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My Jeep is a dd. I commute about an hour to and from work everyday.
I had run Bilsteins for years and was very happy with the ride. I just recently installed a set of Fox 2.0 shocks and couldn't be happier.
I too, am sporting Fox 2.0 and "No Regerts!".


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I saw OPs and had to order one.
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I have no idea. They are the shocks that were on it when I bought it.
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My Jeep is a dd. I commute about an hour to and from work everyday.
I had run Bilsteins for years and was very happy with the ride. I just recently installed a set of Fox 2.0 shocks and couldn't be happier.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about those!
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Why they're all leaking and one is blown out makes me wonder if your present shocks are simply too long and bottomed out eventually damaging them. Fox 2.0 shocks are good if you like the stock tune but they're not cheap. If you want some moderately priced shocks that have received universally positive reviews it'd be hard to beat Rancho's newer gas-charged RS5000x shock. My previous OME Nitrochargers I loved finally gave up the ghost and I reluctantly replaced them with that RS5000x shock expecting to be disappointed. I was not, in fact my impression was I couldn't tell them apart on the highway or offroad. Don't let anyone confuse those with Rancho's earlier hydraulic RS5000 which is WAY too stiff for a TJ.

The one often mentioned shock I absolutely don't care for is the Bilstein 5100. It's too stiff and jittery in my opinion. Jeep builder mrblaine once opined to install Bilstein 5100 shocks if you want to know if the quarter just rolled over was heads or tails.

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Jerry, funny thing.....I ran the 5100's on my tj and they never felt like that at all. They had a firm but comfortable ride that I really liked.
The rancho mt7000 that I just removed from my lj rode horribly I felt everything on the road and with them yes... I could tell what side of the quarter I was driving over.

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post #9 of 17 Old 11-05-2018, 03:03 PM
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Opinions differ on shocks? Say it ain't so. I liked my cheap Zone hydro shocks and they discontinued them. I liked my Rancho 9000XL's too. My BDS, Bilstein, RC, and some others I forget were too stiff on small bumps.

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Take one of each F&R shock off, clean the body, then take several quality pics of them then post 'em.

Also, extend them and compress them all the way, take measurements and post those numbers.

Somebody is bound to know what you got. Whatever they are could be mismatched to your system depending on how your bump stops are configured. The 4" lift you mention, may not even be a real 4" lift. You may be misinformed.

How did you figure it was 4"?
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Take one of each F&R shock off, clean the body, then take several quality pics of them then post 'em.

Also, extend them and compress them all the way, take measurements and post those numbers.

Somebody is bound to know what you got. Whatever they are could be mismatched to your system depending on how your bump stops are configured. The 4" lift you mention, may not even be a real 4" lift. You may be misinformed.

How did you figure it was 4"?


Last time I had my jeep at an off-road shop a few months ago I had them do a once over on it and was told the lift was a 4" lift. Not sure of the brand. There were no markings on it.
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Why they're all leaking and one is blown out makes me wonder if your present shocks are simply too long and bottomed out eventually damaging them. Fox 2.0 shocks are good if you like the stock tune but they're not cheap. If you want some moderately priced shocks that have received universally positive reviews it'd be hard to beat Rancho's newer gas-charged RS5000x shock. My previous OME Nitrochargers I loved finally gave up the ghost and I reluctantly replaced them with that RS5000x shock expecting to be disappointed. I was not, in fact my impression was I couldn't tell them apart on the highway or offroad. Don't let anyone confuse those with Rancho's earlier hydraulic RS5000 which is WAY too stiff for a TJ.

The one often mentioned shock I absolutely don't care for is the Bilstein 5100. It's too stiff and jittery in my opinion. Jeep builder mrblaine once opined to install Bilstein 5100 shocks if you want to know if the quarter just rolled over was heads or tails.

The 2nd owner installed the lift just after he bought it. The shocks have been on there since 2006. I am the 3rd owner.
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Last time I had my jeep at an off-road shop a few months ago I had them do a once over on it and was told the lift was a 4" lift. Not sure of the brand. There were no markings on it.
Like already mentioned, pics would help your cause if taken correctly, and measurements wouldn't hurt.
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Fox 2.0's are the one of the most popular shocks I sale, followed closely by Bilstein 5100's. Fox 2.0 resi's are my favorite "budget" resi shock.

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UPDATE: Ended up going with the Fox 2.0's. So far I absolutely love them!
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