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Old 04-24-2013, 10:19 AM
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Prices must have changed, because when I priced and did my suspension upgrades, the Bilsteins were significantly more expensive than the Monroes. But that's probably because I scored my Monroes on Amazon for dirt cheap.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:31 PM
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Re: Replacement shocks

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Prices must have changed, because when I priced and did my suspension upgrades, the Bilsteins were significantly more expensive than the Monroes. But that's probably because I scored my Monroes on Amazon for dirt cheap.
i was on shockwarehouse, i didnt think of looking on amazon.
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Re: Replacement shocks

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Prices must have changed, because when I priced and did my suspension upgrades, the Bilsteins were significantly more expensive than the Monroes. But that's probably because I scored my Monroes on Amazon for dirt cheap.
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X2. I found same difference for rears. Was about $53 per shock and free shipping.
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Re: Replacement shocks

the only added bonus im seeing in going with the bilsteins is that 3/8"-1/2" boost in ride height
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I have Gabriel shocks up front and they surprised me the first time I put them in a corner. The truck just stiffend up and the power drove it through. I coukdnt believe it. So I did it again. And again the shock stiffend up and took the corner. On the web site it explains that during quick input, the shocks have valving that it uses to handle such things, normally if you were avoiding an accident and such. With just these shocks alone I've been able to put this truck in a corner with less body roll.
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Re: Replacement shocks

After installing the Monroe struts up front and shocks in the rear, with all new mounts and the other misc rubber parts I was advised to replace, the suspension was still too lose. I had the 74k mile old coils on though, so that could have been the reason. I then installed the SRT8 front & rear sway bars and it all came to life. I can't imagine that any other setup would be better for what I was looking for. One thing I discovered about the Monroe's after installing them is that they have a comfort zone in the middle and then a firm zone at the top and bottom. This way, if you hit a bump, you'll have the comfort, but if you go around a corner, you'll hit the firm zone and have the handling.... pretty neat stuff.


I can only compare this setup to a warn out OEM suspension, so my review probably doesn't mean much for most folks, but out of all the conditions I was trying to achieve, I feel like I got them all. I was able to
1. keep my sagged ride height by keeping my old coils
2. I have no more bottoming out on highways
3. the ride is smoother when hitting bumps
4. the ride has more control around corners
5. I can still offroad because I didn't lose any additional ride height (although I haven't tested the offroad capabilities of this suspension yet, I have no reason to believe it'd be improved or worse than the OEM).
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Re: Replacement shocks

do you plan on swapping out your coils for a newer set of coils?
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Re: Replacement shocks

Negative. I like the ride height where it's at and the coils, even though they may be shot, feel good.
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Re: Replacement shocks

I put on new OEM coils when installing the Koni FSD's and ride height was taller than with the old 86k springs using Bilstein HD's. After a few weeks, and 400 mile road trip with it fully loaded up, the springs have settled by about 1/8 ". The ride is also not quite as firm as when newly installed, so the springs will probably settle more. I may try putting the OEM sways back on to smoothen the ride out. The SRT bars make it handle well but do make it rougher, and the Koni's have remarkable handling on their own, i.e., more level, a lot smoother, and with much better control than the Bilsteins.
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Re: Replacement shocks

where did you order the OEM replacement coils from?
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where did you order the OEM replacement coils from?
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Re: Replacement shocks

didn't see any on there...

did find some replacement coils made by MOOG (MC80910/MC80919) though?

basically, my '05 4.7 has about ~80k miles with all OEM stuff. looking to replace stuff and figured it would probably be wise to go ahead and replace the coils as I plan on driving this jeep for the next few years.

probably going to grab the bilstein hd's unless somebody has a very strong argument against them as the difference in price is pretty negligible.

any thoughts/comments/suggestions for me?
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