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knn901 10-26-2010 04:35 PM

Best Shocks and Struts
What r the best shocks and struts for the 2005 jeep grand cherokee limited?

ballajim 10-26-2010 04:45 PM

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NHWK05 10-27-2010 06:05 PM

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Bilstein makes rear shocks and front struts for the WK. I have the struts and i am getting the rear shocks. Hands down worth the money for the quality of the ride and handling. Bilstein has always been a top name suspension manufacturer.

dmsfun 10-28-2010 03:38 PM

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These are the latest tech ($168 each) and will be available in January through Tirerack
Other forums say FSD's are much smoother than Bilstien and great for cornering and braking, etc..

Scottina06 10-28-2010 04:46 PM

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^^^^^yeah but no one knows on the WK. They could be just like the Bilsteins....LOL. Just saying.... I hope they are better....I didnt like the wk bilsteins...too floaty for me. the SRT Bilsteins are the best shock/strut for the WK so far....

dmsfun 10-31-2010 09:56 AM

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Guess we will find out when I get mine in early 2011. They developed the Koni FSD valving specifically for the WK chassis, as seen on their test results. Being hydraulic and not high pressure gas, they will absorb the bumps much better, as those who have replaced Bilsteins with FSDs on Bimmer forums have reported.

drew54 11-03-2010 08:38 PM

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Are you after street or off road performance?

ohioscott 11-18-2010 02:33 PM

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Anyone use the Koni yet?

I have an 06 WK and I am shopping for struts/shocks to replace stock. I want an overall improvement in ride quality mainly on the street. City and traveling this is still primarily my family vehicle.


dmsfun 11-19-2010 09:44 AM

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I'll be ordering the Koni's in January when tirerack has them available. Those that have replaced Bilstein with Koni FSD's on other forums say their vehicle is totally transformed, feels flatter driving on all surfaces, steering, braking and cornering is better and without the expense of comfort, i.e., potholes are barely even felt. Bilsteins stiffen up the ride so bumps will be felt more than stock. They have good damping but being high pressure gas, exhibit poor rebound control, whereas the Koni FSD automatically adjusts both compression and rebound to the road and driving conditions. Expect to pay about $ 800 out the door with the FSD's, but you will get what you pay for, a far smoother ride.

ohioscott 01-26-2011 07:09 PM

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I installed my Koni Heavy Track shocks a few days ago... I had no problem with the rear end it went just fine. I replaced the brake pads and rotors while I had it in the air and the wheels off and that went just fine too. I opted to paint the caliper assembly silver with a kit from Napa but I did not take great care removing all the rust and did not spend too much time painting. I think it will stop further rust if it holds up?? I am not known for my paint patience :)

The big problem I had was I could not get the bolt out of the bottom of the forked Strut assembly going thru the lower steering arm. The nut came off but the darn bolt would not make it out. I had everything else apart and prepped but that bolt stopped me. I tried everything from my impact gun and penetrating oil to a 3# mini sledge hammer with no success. After 2 hrs messing around I put everything back in place and took it to the local garage where they took care of it.

It was a real let down for me not to install the fronts myself especially since I had the engine compartment torn apart to get to the top nuts and everything else ready but if I damaged the bolt or anything else I really would have been ticked off. I have learned to give it a good shot and then get someone with a car lift and bigger tools when needed.

on to the Ride. I contacted the Koni support and it was suggested I set them to 1/2 to 1 full turn from full soft for the Jeep WK. I chose to set them to 1 full turn from full soft and the ride is still a little stiff for me. I don't think I will mess with it though. Handling is much better than stock and the body roll is very much reduced. The nose dive and bounce back when you hit the brakes hard is under control now too. Overall the ride quality is better. I am a little afraid that if I change my setting to 1/2 from full soft the ride quality may get better but the handling may suffer??? Overall these appear to be very well made and an improvement over stock. Time will tell if they are truly worth the money (If the ride is still good in 4 years I will be happy since the stock set was bad in 4 years).

I went with the Heavy Track since it is the proven design with Koni as far as I could tell... I would be interested in the FSD review as well. I plan to use this WK more off road in the next few years and the FSD not only is a new product but it seemed to me to be a more street setup???

bumpin_jeep 01-26-2011 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Scottina06 (Post 292266)
^^^^^yeah but no one knows on the WK. They could be just like the Bilsteins....LOL. Just saying.... I hope they are better....I didnt like the wk bilsteins...too floaty for me. the SRT Bilsteins are the best shock/strut for the WK so far....

Scott - would you go with the SRT Bilsteins over the regular WK Bilsteins? I'm looking to get them as I put the SRT springs on my Jeep and my back shocks are shot. I saw there was a huge price difference though.

dmsfun 01-26-2011 09:19 PM

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Expecting to order the FsD Koni's with tax refund coming; I have Koni's adjustables on my 89 SHO and had them on my 240z and they are great. The rebound is what is adjustable, same as with heavy tracks, and it took 4 times to get it where the ride and handlling is where I like it, but a total PITA to adjust, removing the strut and turning it. FSD's should be smoother riding over bumps than the heavy tracks and with better handling.

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