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Which shocks are the best

I kam not looking for the very top of the line shocks but I am looking for ones that will hold up and do the job. I have a 3.5 inch lift. Front and rear aftermarket bumpers and running 35's.

Wanted to see what you guys run? What your thoughts are?

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You are going to get about 10 difference answers, most from people that don't even know how to set up a suspension properly or how to choose shocks. They just run with the heard.

You are going to hear how good bilstien 5100's, rancho 9500's, OME Nitro sport, Fox, profender, king, sway away and people will even tell you to find some Rubi take offs. You will hear on guy say the 5100's are stiff and then two post later another guy will post how soft the 5100's are. All these types of post do is add confusion to the OP.

The best shocks are going to be the ones that fit your needs and your budget. Posting a vague post asking "the best" will get you nowhere. Do some searching and research and you will be able to pick the shocks that are best for you.

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Try to attend a local meet and greet. Talk to people about their setup and maybe take a ride or actually drive a jeep similar to what you are planning to build.
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Try to attend a local meet and greet. Talk to people about their setup and maybe take a ride or actually drive a jeep similar to what you are planning to build.
^^^ That right there is the best advice. ^^^

I learned the hard way by blindly following the recommendations of the fans of the Bilstein 5100s - I hated the stiff ride, so I replaced them with adjustable Rancho RS9000s so I could select what kind of ride quality and damping effectiveness I preferred for any given terrain.


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You are going to get about 10 difference answers, most from people that don't even know how to set up a suspension properly or how to choose shocks. They just run with the heard.



You are going to hear how good bilstien 5100's, rancho 9500's, OME Nitro sport, Fox, profender, king, sway away and people will even tell you to find some Rubi take offs. You will hear on guy say the 5100's are stiff and then two post later another guy will post how soft the 5100's are. All these types of post do is add confusion to the OP.



The best shocks are going to be the ones that fit your needs and your budget. Posting a vague post asking "the best" will get you nowhere. Do some searching and research and you will be able to pick the shocks that are best for you.



When asking these type of questions it helps if you provide as much information as you can about mods you have on your jeep and what you expect to get out the product you are researching.



Good luck with your build.

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The correct answer is Yellow.

Dirtman knows his shit, but if your looking for a good shock to work with a basic mid or short arm kit you should be able to get a set of Rancho's RS9000xl's. They provide good travel, are adjustable and have a lifetime warranty.

You can consider me one of the people that don't even know how to set up a suspension properly or choose a shock, but I'm pretty happy with my setup.

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Well IMO there's a difference In asking "what is the best shock" and "what shock do you all like the best"

Me ... I run the 9000's currently. I like them very much. Are they the best shock .. For the $$$ yes. Quality/performance .. There's better.
They work well for ME and that's what matters.

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I guess I was really asking what everyone runs, What they like or dislike and then go from there. I was thinking between bilstien 5100's, rancho's. I have a rough country lift and the shocks are bad. How do I know they are bad you ask? Its because they are leaking. I thank you guys for your input

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These guys ^^^ are all wrong.
You need parabolic tapered dual-monotube dampers with triple reverberating bypass sphincters and, this part is important, don't forget the unobtanium dicheesletride coating on the shock shafts to eliminate dynamic stiction in compressive rebound events during static motion dynamics or immobile oscillations.

. . . hopefully, you saw that for the bullshit that it is.

These guys are all giving you good advice and feedback (so I had to be the combo-breaker .)

Shocks are really subjective. Do you like a firmer ride or a more plush ride?

I love the same Bilsteins on my JK that RockMolester hates on his, and we're both right (but mostly me ).

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Fox Shox are the best IMO. Ive been running them and have zero complaints, daily commute and wheeling. Got mine from Poly. But again just my opinion or
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Like has been said an adjustable shock like the Rancho 9000s will work well for most applications as you can custom taylor the damping of the shock by just turning a knob on the shock no tools or nitrogen needed to tune the shock. The 9000s are a hydro shock so do not have a nitrogen charge like fox, king, bilstein, etc but for many this lack of a nitrogen charge means a softer ride especially onroad where most JKs spend the majority of their time anyway.
For a hardcore wheeler a fully adjustable nitrogen charged shock like fox, king, etc may be a good choice but the cost of those shocks is very high compared to shocks like the Rancho 9000s.

Also coils matter when choosing shocks. IMHO A firmer coil will ride best with a softer shock but a soft coil will ride best with a firmer shock. If you do a firm shock and coil combo you will be bouncing all over the place but by the same token if you with a soft shock and soft coil it will float too much (think old Caddy with worn out shocks) and not have a lot of control throughout the suspension travel which means handling will be loose and crappy.

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I am running Rough Country Springs right now. But would like to change to a RK kit soon. Right now the way it sits, when I hit a bump it is bouncing alot and going all over

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Def sound like shocks.

Rancho is doing their buy 3 get one free rebate now.
$250 or so for 4 shocks is a steal.

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If we are in the running be aware of our rebate.
Good luck!

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I opted for RKs 2.0s. Haven't recieved them yet but from my reading they seem to be a great bang for the buck.

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I like AEVs proprietary valved Bilsteins with THEIR springs. They might suck with someone elses springs or a lighter/heavier vehicle.
Savvy sells Fox shocks that are valved to work with their springs that I hear good things about but that is for the TJs. Unsure if they have a JK setup.
As others have said the adjustable Ranchos are a good shock for mix and match lifts.
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I just upgraded from pucks/stock springs/Rubi shocks to RK springs/Fox 2.0 Evo's. Huge difference in ride. People keep saying it's stiff. I call it controlled. Zero squat, very little dive, and no roll. It rides more "firm" than stock, but that is a good thing. Those Fox shocks are impressive.

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Is this question about shocks? Or is it about the wussification of America? It starts out by telling the OP that the best shock is the one that works best for him, which is kind of like saying they're all winners. Like softball junior leagues where everyone gets a trophy. Then the next post tells him to join a support group. Come on folks. These are shocks we're talking about. And Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks with Teraflex valving work the best with Teraflex springs. With the OPs Rough Country springs, who knows what is going to work best. Maybe ask Rough Country, no, wait, don't do that.

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Is this question about shocks? Or is it about the wussification of America? It starts out by telling the OP that the best shock is the one that works best for him, which is kind of like saying they're all winners. Like softball junior leagues where everyone gets a trophy. Then the next post tells him to join a support group. Come on folks. These are shocks we're talking about. And Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks with Teraflex valving work the best with Teraflex springs. With the OPs Rough Country springs, who knows what is going to work best. Maybe ask Rough Country, no, wait, don't do that.

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I just upgraded from pucks/stock springs/Rubi shocks to RK springs/Fox 2.0 Evo's. Huge difference in ride. People keep saying it's stiff. I call it controlled. Zero squat, very little dive, and no roll. It rides more "firm" than stock, but that is a good thing. Those Fox shocks are impressive.
I feel the exact same way. I have RK 2.5" TR springs with the Fox shocks. Very impressed, and I'd give up stock ride for the one I have now, everytime...

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Is this question about shocks?
YES.

Or is it about the wussification of America?
NO.

It starts out by telling the OP that the best shock is the one that works best for him
YES. VERY TRUE. Different people want a different ride.
Try reading from left to right, top to bottom, through this thread.


which is kind of like saying they're all winners. Like softball junior leagues where everyone gets a trophy.
NO. Maybe in your head, but not here in the real world.

Then the next post tells him to join a support group.
NOT EXACTLY. Once again, try that reading thing.

Come on folks. These are shocks we're talking about.
This appears to be understood by the group, perfessur.

And Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks with Teraflex valving work the best with Teraflex springs.
SAYS YOU. Others may have a different experience. THIS SHIT IS SUBJECTIVE.
Bilsteins work great for me with my TF springs. I wouldn't change a thing.
RockMolester stated above that he did not like the same Bilsteins.
Everyone's not the same. Your dollar is your vote.


With the OPs Rough Country springs, who knows what is going to work best.
Hence OP's thread asking the question. <-- See how that works?

Maybe ask Rough Country, no, wait, don't do that.
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the wussification of America? ........... Like softball junior leagues
oh the irony... started off like it was going to be a great rant filled post about the wussification of america... and a few words later you reference softball junior leagues ?

Im not even sure what that is, wether its an actual mens league or something you made up, or a womens league.. but over here in Murica.. men play baseball. THE FAWKIN American Pastime !

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LOL, so I'm the only one that thought this thread was funny then. The OP ask for the best shocks, and post 1 is "their all good", and post 2 is "join a support group". I thought that was funny as hell. I was just poking fun at you guys, no need to get all serious.

Anyway, I'm off to my support group. Gotta go.
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I think you misinterpreted my post. #2

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Get whatever you can afford , we can tell you kings and all kind of good ones but if you can't afford it then its pointless

So how much are you willing to spend on your shocks
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