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What's the difference between buying a shock which advertises "fits a JKU with a 1.5 - 3" lift" versus buying a shock which advertises "fits a JKU with a 3" lift."
I've narrowed my choice to Bilstein and maybe Teraflex, but has anyone had Skyjacker BlackMax Hydros?
 

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It all depends on the shock, honestly. Some shocks run long (i.e. Rancho), while others run short.

Ultimately the only thing that really matters is collapsed length and extended length.

Do not run anything from Skyjacker, those things are pure shit, just like everything Skyjacker makes.

The best shock you'll find for a JK IMHO is a Fox Factory Series 2.0 smooth body with a custom tune and LSC. Nothing will ride better in terms of shocks. You'll also spend $1600 for a set. However, if you want a damn good riding shock, that's as good as it gets.

If you want something cheaper that will ride better than ANY of the shocks you mentioned (not kidding either), the Rancho RS5000X is the shock to get, I promise.
 
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It all depends on the shock, honestly. Some shocks run long (i.e. Rancho), while others run short.

Ultimately the only thing that really matters is collapsed length and extended length.

Do not run anything from Skyjacker, those things are pure shit, just like everything Skyjacker makes.

The best shock you'll find for a JK IMHO is a Fox Factory Series 2.0 smooth body with a custom tune and LSC. Nothing will ride better in terms of shocks. You'll also spend $1600 for a set. However, if you want a damn good riding shock, that's as good as it gets.

If you want something cheaper that will ride better than ANY of the shocks you mentioned (not kidding either), the Rancho RS5000X is the shock to get, I promise.
I'm not going down the $1600/set road. However, I wouldn't rule out the 9000 series since it's adjustable. My current shocks, as my Jeep sits in the driveway, measure 20.5" from the bottom edge of the shock tower (top) to the center of the bolt (bottom). This is consistent (within 1/8") all the way around. I'm assuming this measures out to a 2" lift.
The 5000 (0-2" lift) measures 22" extended and 14" compressed.
The 5000 (3-4" lift) measures 25" extended and 15" compressed.
As I measured, my current shocks are 20.5" compressed, so the 0-2" lift 5000 will be within 1.5" of full extension installed and compressed.
The 3-4" lift version will be 4.5" short of fully extended installed and compressed on my JKU.
I feel like the 3-4" lift version would be better to go with since it allows for more shock travel in either direction, up & down.
I'd appreciate any thoughts...
 
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I'm not going down the $1600/set road. However, I wouldn't rule out the 9000 series since it's adjustable. My current shocks, as my Jeep sits in the driveway, measure 20.5" from the bottom edge of the shock tower (top) to the center of the bolt (bottom). This is consistent (within 1/8") all the way around. I'm assuming this measures out to a 2" lift.
The 5000 (0-2" lift) measures 22" extended and 14" compressed.
The 5000 (3-4" lift) measures 25" extended and 15" compressed.
As I measured, my current shocks are 20.5" compressed, so the 0-2" lift 5000 will be within 1.5" of full extension installed and compressed.
The 3-4" lift version will be 4.5" short of fully extended installed and compressed on my JKU.
I feel like the 3-4" lift version would be better to go with since it allows for more shock travel in either direction, up & down.
I'd appreciate any thoughts...
I figured, not many people are crazy enough to spend that much on shocks except for myself and a few others.

The Rancho 9000 is an excellent shock as well if you like the adjustability feature.

You are right, the 3-4" version would be the better bet since it allows for more shock travel, and as long as your bump stop is set correctly, you'll be good to go.
 
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