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New Shocks???

Postby Rubble » April 20th, 2011, 12:10 pm

Trying to soften up the ride on my TJ. Superlifts are notorious for a rough ride. I am hoping some different shocks will help. I am leaning toward some Bilistein5100's. Trying to keep the cost down. I refuse to put 1000 bucks worth of shocks on. ANY SUGGESTIONS:?: :?: :?:
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby White Rubi » April 20th, 2011, 1:05 pm

Shocks will.do very little for ride I've tried many different. Shocks Its the angle of your control arms that make the stiff ride. Imo
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby green50gt » April 20th, 2011, 2:47 pm

I had Bilstein 5100's on the back of that LCG TJ and they worked really nice. Run4lo switched to 5100's I believe...Let me see if I can get him to respond.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby Run4lo » April 20th, 2011, 3:26 pm

Yes, that's what I am running now. I would disagree that shocks make a difference. They are a softer ride than the RE's that I had before for sure.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby whatsup1287 » April 20th, 2011, 5:21 pm

Orange Rubi has a good point.. If you are running a big lift on short arms just putting shocks on isnt going to make it ride like a caddy. When I went from a 6" short arm kit to an 8" long arm kit on my XJ I kept the same shocks and it rode like a dream even with more lift.
I have the 5100s on my truck now, and I'm not a huge fan of them. plus the nice finish on them didnt last long at all, and my truck doesn't see dirt or snow.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby speeduck » April 20th, 2011, 6:10 pm

must agree, high lift + short arms = bumps transmit right into the frame.
but good shocks can make a big difference.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby Rubble » April 20th, 2011, 7:03 pm

whatsup1287 wrote:Orange Rubi has a good point.. If you are running a big lift on short arms just putting shocks on isnt going to make it ride like a caddy. When I went from a 6" short arm kit to an 8" long arm kit on my XJ I kept the same shocks and it rode like a dream even with more lift.
I have the 5100s on my truck now, and I'm not a huge fan of them. plus the nice finish on them didnt last long at all, and my truck doesn't see dirt or snow.



I realize I drive a Jeep not a caddy. I'm not expecting it to feel like floating on a cloud. I don't believe it should ride like a skateboard either. I am only running a 4 inch short arm. I should have done more research before going with superlift. I have road in many jeeps with 4 inch short arms and the ride is far better. I am just trying to smooth things out a little.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby speeduck » April 21st, 2011, 6:14 am

i hear ya, i'm riding on 4inch short arms, skyjacker, its not rough, its not soft.... but not rough.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby speeduck » April 21st, 2011, 6:15 am

you see jimmys jeep yet?.....omg that thing is going to be a beast!
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby sandfox » April 21st, 2011, 10:27 am

ya my superstiff, or superlift 4in rode solid, i was going to swap to a different lift, to soften it up, but derek sold the jeep for me , he could do the same for you :)
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby LT1-YJ-on-39.5-IROKS » April 21st, 2011, 12:17 pm

You can always swap out just the coils. I havent had heard about bad luck with superlift till now and skyjacker I have seen issues with. RE is unavailable. I'd say BDS or maybe procomp
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby LT1-YJ-on-39.5-IROKS » April 21st, 2011, 12:20 pm

Also BDS has a stainless bodied inverted shock that is similar to a bilstein. They are built by edlebrock. They are a nice gas charged inverted shock. Roughly 100$ each.
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby jv » April 21st, 2011, 12:44 pm

OK, dont laugh... Before I found all the rust on my frame, I planned on lifting the blue YJ. I knew most of those offroad shocks are way stiffer... so... I figured out the amount of travel needed for the extra lift I planned. Then I looked up the specs of what seemed like 400 shocks on Monroe's site.


http://www.monroe.com/assets/downloads/english/08_MountingLengthSheet.pdf

I figured out that Ford Aerostar shocks fit the entire range I needed for the rear. And that a 2000 Ford F150 rear shock is perfect for what I needed in front. Spent prolly 20-30 bucks per shock and still have a decent ride with enough travel for the stock springs and a small lift. Hate to admit it, but the 'ol Jeep spends most of its days on the road.

It won't fix your stiff springs, but I wonder if you could do the same for a TJ and come out with a decent ride?
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby Rubble » April 21st, 2011, 10:33 pm

I want to thank everyone for the input, Troy, Jason, Derek, Speed duck, Whatsup, and Shaun I will let you know what I come up with. :smt021
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby Rubble » May 19th, 2011, 10:53 pm

I put some some Bilstein 5100 shocks on last Friday. I will spare the details of the problems I had. Point is it did make a difference in the ride quality. In my opinion and my kidneys. WELL WORTH THE MONEY. :smt003
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby speeduck » May 20th, 2011, 1:13 pm

good deal todd, glad to hear you a bit better ride!
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby airforceret » May 24th, 2011, 11:17 am

I just air down to between 16 and 19 pounds!!! :D

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Re: New Shocks???

Postby speeduck » May 24th, 2011, 1:02 pm

airforceret wrote:I just air down to between 16 and 19 pounds!!! :D

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Re: New Shocks???

Postby Rubble » May 24th, 2011, 2:30 pm

Roger is independently wealthy. He is not concerned about mileage or tire wear. LOL
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Re: New Shocks???

Postby speeduck » May 24th, 2011, 3:27 pm

wowza, had me a little concerned for a quick minute there.
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