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Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

Have 135K on original WK shocks with SRT springs - have noticed it bottoming out quite a bit lately, so figure it is time for shocks. I have read Scott's sticky, but I would like to get some feedback from those that have changed out their shocks with similar setups. I do drive my Jeep pretty aggressively, but I'm afraid of going the SRT Bilstein route due to others saying they are rough riding/ stiff. I have a wife and two young girls, so I don't want to make the ride bad for them.

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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

The issue with lowering is ride quality and the limited shock selection. Stock or any stock equivalent shocks do not have the valving to work with lowering springs which will wear them out quickly, also giving pogo ride. Koni and Bilsteins are designed to work with lowering springs, but none other that I am aware of.
Ride quality suffers when changing over to SRT bits, which is why I went with Koni FSD and new stock springs. Our roads are rust belt rough, and tire selection and wheel size make a huge difference in deteriorating ride quality, why I prefer the stock 17's, which also work great off road. Just got new set of Cooper SRX's in 17's and am very pleased, super smooth and quiet, responsive handling.
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

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The issue with lowering is ride quality and the limited shock selection. Stock or any stock equivalent shocks do not have the valving to work with lowering springs which will wear them out quickly, also giving pogo ride. Koni and Bilsteins are designed to work with lowering springs, but none other that I am aware of.
Ride quality suffers when changing over to SRT bits, which is why I went with Koni FSD and new stock springs. Our roads are rust belt rough, and tire selection and wheel size make a huge difference in deteriorating ride quality, why I prefer the stock 17's, which also work great off road. Just got new set of Cooper SRX's in 17's and am very pleased, super smooth and quiet, responsive handling.
I run Eibach SRT lowering springs with STOCK WK Bilstein shocks and struts. They've been on there for over four years now and I've not had any issues, whatsoever, and they're still going strong. Yes, the ride is a bit firmer than a stock WK (which is good), but nothing that is anywhere near too harsh. I found a bigger difference in ride quality (harshness) when I put 20 in. wheels on it with 40/45 profile tires, as opposed to the 60/65 profile tires I run in the winter. With the stock wheels and higher profile tires the ride quality is sooo much better than stock, it's not funny. If you live in the snow belt, IMO, I'd stay away from the lowering springs though. The best way to go would be with stock SRT springs, SRT sway bars, and a good quality shock/strut. That way you'd get the best of both worlds....good ride quality (but not too harsh) and far superior handling when compared to a stock WK. Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

Thanks guys. I'll take a look at the WK Bilsteins.

I'm in GA, so no worries with the snow except for maybe once or twice a year - when that happens I stay home.
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

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I run ... STOCK WK Bilstein shocks ...
Just to clarify, you have the 4600 series WK shocks, correct?
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

I don't really remember what series they are, but they're yellow, IIRC. I really haven't paid any attention to them since installing. I know I just ordered ones for a standard 06 WK GCO....not SRT ones.
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

Yes, either SRT or the WK yellow Bilsteins do work with lowering, but I found the handling of the WK version to be poor, and very bouncy and rough on anything but smooth roads. Had WK Bilsteins on mine for a year, and the Koni FSD's are far superior in ride and particulary handling, where it stays flat at high speeds and bumps don't upset it at all. Tire selection in the same size make a huge difference too, as the Cooper SRX's just had put on are super smooth and quiet compared to the AT3's.
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

OK have my order ready with 4600 Bilsteins and end links. Anything else that I need to order for this swap?


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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

Just switched out(hands still dirty and bleeding a little) stock WK Bilstiens with Bwoody springs from my 05 Hemi CHerokee. Right side is completely blown out, left side seeping, after 2 yrs and around 20,000 miles. Liked them when I was in Baltimore for work where I ran them for 8 months or so but when I came home to Michigan back roads they were awful.
Apparently I beat them to death. lol
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Just switched out(hands still dirty and bleeding a little) stock WK Bilstiens with Bwoody springs from my 05 Hemi CHerokee. Right side is completely blown out, left side seeping, after 2 yrs and around 20,000 miles. Liked them when I was in Baltimore for work where I ran them for 8 months or so but when I came home to Michigan back roads they were awful.
Apparently I beat them to death. lol
Really? I would have thought the Bilsteins would have held up longer than 20K miles. Did you replace them with the same or something else?
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

I would have thought so to. Explains why the right front would hit so damn hard when I went over RR tracks or hit a hole.
No Im going up. I drive the MIchigan back roads everyday and am done with the short suspension. We dirt bike all the time in Northern Michigan and going for the off road ability. Just put on a set of stock replacement, ready to go strut/spring assembly. Delivered to the door from Rock Auto for about $220. Ordered the Daystar 2" lift but decided not to put it on. Will order RRO today.
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Re: Shock Recommendations - Lowered WK

WK Bilsteins are way over pressurized, and you bounce around and have harsh impacts on every bump, the exact opposite of Koni FSD's which absorb bumps and slowly rebound. I regretted putting them on from day one, and would honesty rather have stock shocks and replace them every 50k Bilstein makes great shocks, but the WK high pressure units are not one of them.
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