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Synergy 3” lift, shock recs?

I’be got a 3” Synergy lift sitting here waiting to be installed. Are the Fox shocks they list on their site the way to go, or are there better options!

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the topic is utterly and entirely subjective; as many JKO members as there are there shall be that many opinions and preferences for a shock brand preferred.
The Fox they suggest have been tested with that stage of Synergy Mfg lift. That is why they recommend it. Synergy thoproghly tests their products & the rig they used to put that thru its paces was likely running that model Fox. A comparable shock extension/compression stroke will do the same thing but with that particular dampening characteristic for that shock, which you may like ; you may not.
A better question might be ,"what shock have you run with a 3" synergy Mfg coil lift & what was the reason you preferred it over the Fox which the manufacturer recommends?" and you'll get replies back ranging fr4om OEM Rubicon shocks with extensions on them to JRI or KING high-end reservoirs , to the new, nice TeraFlex Falcon line or my preference, Bilstein. You could also just get some Quadratec or SkyJacker hydraulics or Old Man Emu or Rubicon express or some Fox....oh, wait....

see what I mean?

I personally like my stage 3 synergy Mfg suspension equipped with long Bilstein reservoirs that give about .25-.55" of additional travel on the down stroke. I made a mistake and bought non-user serviceable 5160s that I wish I had purchased their 7100 series instead because had I done so I could rebuild them ( if I ever needed to).

You'll start a war around here asking a question such as this.





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I totally get what you mean about it being subjective. I just wanted to see if there was some sort there option I should seriously consider.

I’ve always been a big Bilstein fan, but they don’t seem to get as much love from the Jeep crowd as they did from the Mustang crowd back when I had my Mustang.


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i see far more of them than most other brands. Fox is dominant and I have heard so many people rave about the new TeraFlex. Old Man Emu nitrocharged are good shocks. It also very much depends upon weight & particular use case scenario of a given jeep, too.
But yeah; the ‘ heyday’ of bilstien seems to have waned evetybsince they bombed w/ that nighthawk thing back in the 00s ...but man , when I had 35s , a leveling kit and 5100s my 4door jeep rode so well as a DD/ weekend trail toy. For that matter my 5160s do too....I’d just go with the fox if you’re on the line & don’t have lotsa exp w all the different brands. They’re a solid choice , always...


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I still run the Bilstein 5100s and love them, but it does seem Fox has been the go to shock for a while now. I have also heard good reviews about the Teraflex Falcon line as well.
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do further reasearch on here & elsewhere. @kjeeper10 & lots of others really liked the Rancho one with the variable/user-settable compression stroke dial thing.



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I’be got a 3” Synergy lift sitting here waiting to be installed. Are the Fox shocks they list on their site the way to go, or are there better options!

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Thanks for the purchase Dan. Our suspension systems with 3" lift springs pair really well with Fox's shocks listed for 4-6" lift heights. You will typically be able to get a bit more travel out of a remote reservoir shock than with an ifp due to a longer stroke with the same mounting length. Many don't know this, but we actually helped Fox develop their valving for their first JK specific Fox shocks.

Since every Jeep is different due to tires, fenders, etc, if you have time to install the kit first without shocks, put it to bump with the coil springs removed and the bump stop spacers installed to see what the appropriate collapsed shock lengths should be front and rear and order based on that. This will allow you to maximize your wheel travel by using as much shock travel as possible and will result in a better articulating vehicle as a result.
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Thanks for all the help guys!


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I have the same lift and when I got it, it came with the Bilstein 5100 shocks which were great. After those wore out, I bought the Fox reservoir shocks and some far those have been great on and off the trail. Like it's been said before, either one will work well and you can't go wrong.
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I'm running a Synergy 3" with the Fox Performance 4-6" shocks and they are really sweet. The shocks pair with the coils really well.
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Thanks for the purchase Dan. Our suspension systems with 3" lift springs pair really well with Fox's shocks listed for 4-6" lift heights. You will typically be able to get a bit more travel out of a remote reservoir shock than with an ifp due to a longer stroke with the same mounting length. Many don't know this, but we actually helped Fox develop their valving for their first JK specific Fox shocks.



Since every Jeep is different due to tires, fenders, etc, if you have time to install the kit first without shocks, put it to bump with the coil springs removed and the bump stop spacers installed to see what the appropriate collapsed shock lengths should be front and rear and order based on that. This will allow you to maximize your wheel travel by using as much shock travel as possible and will result in a better articulating vehicle as a result.

Just sent you a PM, but wondering which length Teraflex Falcon to use.

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