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Choosing Shocks for Your 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler

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Daily Driver Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks give comfort and control on road for your every day driving needs

Bilstein - 4600 Factory Replacement

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

One of the aftermarket ride control standards in shock absorbers, Bilstein has designed these shocks to improve handling and ride control, while maintaining relative comfort compared to a softer factory-like shock. Exceptionally long life and dependability, the Bilstein 4600 is not only great for the daily driver, but also capable of towing, hauling loads, and easy offroad trails.

Pros

  • Excellent factory upgrade for improved handling
  • Long lasting, very durable
  • Reduces nose dive and body roll
  • Capable for heavy duty use, easy 4x4 trails

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Higher tier shock, higher price
  • Yellow isn’t everyone’s favorite color

KYB - Excel-G

Daily Driver

$$$$

The Excel-G shock is KYB’s direct factory replacement shock (for most applications) to restore factory-like handling characteristics. KYB is an OEM supplier, and produces aftermarket parts with as much precision as factory parts, ensuring exact fit and restoration.

Pros

  • Budget level factory replacement shocks
  • Restores off-the-lot ride characteristics
  • Softest riding shock available for most applications

Cons

  • Lifespan is typical of factory shocks

Rancho - RS5000x

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

Serving as an upgrade option on factory trucks, the Rancho RS5000X is a thick bored twin tube gas shock, meant to increase performance in a budget package. The thick body of this shock ensures that it can handle tough situations and loads without much problem, and the budget price means its accessible to a large application base.

Pros

  • Thick body, large oil volume, contributes to performance longevity
  • Reliable twin tube technology
  • Great price for a 2” gas shock
  • 90 Day Ride Guarantee by Rancho

Cons

  • Ride quality leaves something to be desired
  • Mass produced, shows in the details
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Hauling / Towing Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks give you the on-road stability and control necessary for hauling and towing loads

Rancho - RS9000XL

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

The adjustable RS9000XL shock has been around for decades at this point, proving just how versatile and useful these shocks are to the truck and Jeep market. Being able to adjust the ride quality from soft to firm at will provides big benefits to drivers of heavy duty rigs, offroaders, and workhorse vehicles.

Pros

  • Control for soft or firm compression damping
  • Thick bodied, large oil volume
  • Excellent adjustable shock for the price
  • 90-day Ride Guarantee by Rancho

Cons

  • Knobs prone to breakage, we replace them for free
  • Adjustment settings are imperceptible for some drivers

Bilstein - 5100 Series, 46mm Piston

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

One of the best selling shocks for the Truck, SUV, and Jeep market, the Bilstein 5100 excels at daily drivability mixed with off-road capability. Slightly firmer than the 4600 series, and firmer than a stock-like shock, these high-pressure gas shocks offer improved handling on lifted vehicles and improved response with larger wheels &apm; tires.

Pros

  • Leveling-Kit ability for certain apps
  • Great off-road capable shock upgrade
  • Durable, long lasting
  • Improved handling on & off-road
  • Heavy Duty, Tow, Haul capable

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Performance Shock, higher price
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Off-Road Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks have the durability and longevity you need for tough terrain

Bilstein - 5160 Reservoir Series

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

The reservoir upgrade on the 5160 shock allows a more go-fast attitude offroad, providing more travel and heat dissipation, and less operating pressures for off-road longevity. These shocks are for off-road enthusiasts who see a lot of dirt, and need all the capability possible in a compact inexpensive package.

Pros

  • Inexpensive reservoir shock upgrade
  • Allows higher speed offroad travel with control
  • Increased travel vs 5100 counterpart

Cons

  • 90 day warranty
  • Not rebuildable unless sent back to Bilstein

FOX - 2.0 Performance IFP

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

The Fox 2.0 IFP high performance shocks are for a go-fast attitude offroad, providing significant handling improvement on & off-road over typical street-shocks. These shocks excel in aggressive terrain and the dirt, and are a great performance upgrade over factory or Bilstein.

Pros

  • Coilovers provide Leveling-kit ability
  • Excellent High Performance entry level shock
  • Handles hard hits well
  • Improves handling and traction in all terrains
  • Rebuildable / Serviceable

Cons

  • Higher price point compared to similar offerings
  • Requires servicing for optimal performance
  • Firmer than factory and other factory-like upgrades

ICON - Stage 1 Coilovers

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

Step into improved handling and comfort for your daily drive and dirt activities. Through ICON’s digressive valving, this leads to improved handling without sacrificing too much ride comfort in the pursuit of spirited driving and high performance.

Pros

  • Improved handling on and off-road
  • Built for moderate to high speed
  • Rebuildable and serviceable
  • Can upgrade through higher stages

Cons

  • Requires servicing for optimum performance
  • Off-road focused, may be too firm for daily-driver only

King - 2.5 OEM Performance Series

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

King’s tried and true offroad shocks for your application are unmatched in ride comfort and performance, offering legendary tuning out of the box. These shocks really excel in high speed environments and aggressive terrain, for serious off-road enthusiasts.

Pros

  • One of the highest performing shocks available for OE apps
  • Serviceable, Rebuildable, Custom Tuning Available
  • Compression adjustment and reservoir options
  • Badass Blue color

Cons

  • Lacking on features from competitors
  • Requires servicing between 30-50k miles for optimum performance

FOX - 2.5 Factory Series

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

Stepping up to the Fox 2.5 Factory Race series shocks brings significant improvements in both comfort and ride control. The increased size of the 2.5” shock offers increased shock oil, lower operating pressures, and allows high speed driving on aggressive terrain while maintaining great control of the vehicle through race-level tuning.

Pros

  • Huge improvement to road comfort and off-road handling in one package
  • Adjustable & Reservoir options
  • Serviceable, Rebuildable, Custom Tuning Available
  • Excellent handling in high speed environments

Cons

  • Requires servicing between 30-50k miles for optimum performance

Fox - 2.0 Performance Reservoir

Off-Road, Daily Driver

$$$$

The 2.0 Performance Reservoir shocks are the upgrade you may be looking for in order to smash through those offroad trails and terrain a bit faster. The addition of the reservoir allows for higher offroad speeds with improved heat dissipation, and slightly increased travel in the main shock body.

Pros

  • Significantly improved off-road capability
  • Improved road handling and bump compliance
  • Serviceable and rebuildable
  • Custom Tuneable

Cons

  • Requires servicing at approximately 50,000 miles
  • May be too firm for some drivers

Teraflex - Falcon 2.1

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

Designed with the weekend warriors and trail heroes that need their rigs to keep them comfy on the street as well, the Digressively Valved Falcon 2.1s offer a firm yet supportive ride on the trail, with supple ride and astute control on the road. Featuring a 2.25” diameter monotube design and Teraflex’s patented SP2 two mode adjustability, you can set the shocks for max compliance and comfort in the soft setting while retaining optimal performance tuning so that handling is not sacrificed with the softer ride, or set them to their Performance setting for maximum control and support on and off the road. Although these parts are designed with the daily driver in mind, they are more than up to the task of meeting the needs of even hardcore enthusiasts.

Pros

  • Vehicle Specific Digressive Valving for Optimal Ride and Handling on and off the road
  • SP2 Mode adjust allows you to adjust between soft and performance settings all while maintaining low speed compression stiffness to retain handling and control

Cons

  • Although Digressive valving lends itself to great handling and a nice soft ride over bumps, they do lack some of the support on bigger hits that a linear shock would. The performance mode does allow for greater support however some small bump sensitivity is lost and exposes the limitations in terms of consistency and resistance to heat and cavitations of the 2.25” diameter shock body and lack of external reservoir.
  • Adjustment only possible with the shocks fully extended

Teraflex - Falcon 3.3

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

Featuring Teraflex’s patented Fast adjust knob with soft, medium and firm compression settings, and their 8 setting Micro position dial for even more precise control of your compression damping, the Falcon 3.3 shocks offer the flexibility to tune your ride and handling to perfectly match the roads or trails that lie ahead. Their digressive valving means, even in their softest settings they still will allow you to retain firm and controlled handling, and when it’s time to have a little fun over rough terrain, you can firm them up to give you the support and control you need.

Pros

  • Fast Adjust knobs allow for quick and easy 3 position compression adjustment (Soft, Medium, Hard)
  • Micro Position Knob allows for 8 additional compression adjustment settings for more precise adjustment
  • Piggyback Reservoir design allows for superior heat dissipation, resistance towards cavitation, and consistency over rough terrain when compared to a standard monotube of similar diameter
  • Digressive Valving allows vehicle to retain excellent handling characteristics and minimal body roll even in softer compression settings

Cons

  • 2.25” Digressively valved design can be somewhat limited for drivers looking for more all out performance off road
  • Lack of rebound adjustment with wide range of compression adjustment can lead to some ride quality issues when fine tuning ride and handling