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PostSubject: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 3:05 pm

So I was on my way home after dropping my friend off and the guy behind me at the light honked at me and pointed at the ground. Then the guy beside me rolls down his window and lets me know that my entire shock was dragging on the ground. Confused as I've been I pull over to see that yes, in fact, my shock was dragging on the ground. Pretty funny now that I think of it but not good for my jeep.

Now that the story is out of the way the question is, where should I get new shocks? I had pro-comp shocks and the 4-wheel parts store here in SA sells them for $75. I was wondering if anyone knew of anything cheaper/better.
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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 3:33 pm

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So I was on my way home after dropping my friend off and the guy behind me at the light honked at me and pointed at the ground. Then the guy beside me rolls down his window and lets me know that my entire shock was dragging on the ground. Confused as I've been I pull over to see that yes, in fact, my shock was dragging on the ground. Pretty funny now that I think of it but not good for my jeep.

Now that the story is out of the way the question is, where should I get new shocks? I had pro-comp shocks and the 4-wheel parts store here in SA sells them for $75. I was wondering if anyone knew of anything cheaper/better.

Well, you're asking for two different thinks there: 1) cheaper 2) better

So which are you looking for? for about $75.00 there are several shocks. The bilstein 5100s come to mind. Not sure on the procomp. Which model procomp are you running? I'd say the bilsteins are a provenly GOOD shock for the $$ your looking to spend. Then again, if you liked your procomps and are only looking to replace the 1 shock, then for me personally, I'd rather have a matching rear set then two different ones.

Just my $.02
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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 4:19 pm

If I were you, I would go ahead and spend a few more bucks on the shocks. I can't comment on that Pro Comp lift, as I don't view most of their stuff very highly, but assuming vaguely equal lift and joint design and otherwise no major suspension/tire issues, shocks are the single most important factor in ride and handling, both on and off road.

The minimum option I would suggest for a 4" lifted TJ would be the the Bilstein 5100 series specifically made for 4" lifted TJ's, part numbers 24-185400 (front) and 33-185514 (rear). Much better shocks for less about $5 more each. I run them and have had good luck with them. See their application guide PDF here: http://www.bilsteinus.com/fileadmin/user_upload/user_upload_us/pdfs/BilsteinAppGuide308.pdf

Also seriously consider the Rancho 9000XL's. They're somewhat adjustable, which is nice especially if you want to ease up on the rocks, and they're generally a good quality shock with reliably consistent valving.

If you can swing it, go for the good stuff: Fox shocks specifically for your setup.
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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 4:32 pm

I have the fox shocks now, and they are better for offroad. Not as nice for every day driving, but still tolerable. I had the Bilstein 5100 and those were awesome. Nice comfortable drive and decent offroad.

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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 4:47 pm

I have 4 Procomp 3100 shocks (4" lift) off my 06 TJ. Make you an offer you can't refuse. PM me if you're interested.

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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 5:02 pm

Those fox shocks are looking like something I'd be interested in. I was only going to go with the pro comps because that's what were on my jeep when I got it. Thanks for all the replies, you guys are very helpful.
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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

Bilstein 5100 are the way to go!!!!! You're on the road 95% off the time and the Bilstein are the best of both worlds. When my 5100 go out im going up to the adjustable Bilstein's.

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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 5:44 pm

I'm a poor college student and $600 for two shocks sounds a lot worse than $250 for the two fox shocks. Sad. I would love to get the bilstein 5100's though. Maybe next time.

EDIT: oops didn't realize you get 4 shocks for $300, maybe i will go with the bilsteins.

EDIT2: I need to look around more before I post the wrong things. I like the RS9000XL's as well, the red would look real nice on my rig.
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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 6:05 pm

yea Bilsteins are like $80.00 ea. Go to Marcus at River City Offroad or Chris at 4Wheel Parts. Either one of them can help you. Marcus is in Austin and can ship them to you. He does a lot of sales with the members. Chris is local and might have them in stock.

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PostSubject: Re: My shocks died.   Mon 12 Mar 2012, 6:52 pm

Sweet thanks, I'll see Chris at 4wheel parts.
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