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August 28th, 2017, 13:26
Hey guys - '98 2 Door sitting on a 6.5" Iron Rock lift. Needing to upgrade the shocks for ride quality and wanted to touch base here first for suggestions. The Jeep is probably 70% daily driver (hence needing a some ride improvement) and used modestly off-road to go to camp, logging roads, firewood... nothing crazy. Thanks for your thoughts guys!!

August 28th, 2017, 13:34
Bilstein 5100's.

August 28th, 2017, 13:37
That was my first thought as well... I used those in a swap for a '92 that I had on a 4" lift and the improvement was worth while. I saw their shocks listed as topping out at 6" of lift so I wasn't too sure with the "6.5" lift.

August 28th, 2017, 13:57
I would suggest the 5100s as well. However, I would also suggest that you measure for the shock length you need, rather than going with Bilstein's suggestion for the amount of lift.

August 28th, 2017, 15:09
Doestech is what I have, get them through IRO $180 a set. tad on the stiff side, but not bad, super beefy and well built.

August 28th, 2017, 17:39
Bilstein 4600, DoetschTech DT-3000, or BDS.

August 29th, 2017, 13:45
Thanks guys... I appreciate the thoughts.

Anyone have experience with the Fox 2.0s? Just covering all bases...

August 29th, 2017, 16:39
Fox makes a good product, but they tend to be back ordered a lot.

For the same price range look at Bilstein 7100's too.

August 29th, 2017, 21:15
Iron rock makes a 6.5" kit in short arm and long arm....which is yours? If you are on short arms, drop brackets will do a lot for ride quality. If you are on long arms, disregard.

As for shocks, I have nothing but good to say about bilstein reservoirs

August 29th, 2017, 22:44
I'm gonna suggest the bilstien 5160's or 7100's.

Prob gonna have to do some measuring to see which is best for your lift. I find the Fox 2.0's to be a bit stiff and the 5100's are stiff as well. My DD is a bimmer so I like a pretty stiff ride but in the XJ I like it a bit softer. I have people complimenting the ride in mine with my 5160's. I didnt use the XJ 5160's though, I have ones designed for the TJ in the front and a pair designed for the front end of a JK in the rear (I liked the valving better). I would give you the P/N's but I only have 4.5" of lift. The 5100's have too much rebound compared to the 5160's.....

August 29th, 2017, 22:51
Fox 2.0s

September 5th, 2017, 11:49
Thanks again guys... I have the IRO long arm kit. Thanks for asking that, I should have specified. I am still looking around, a couple house projects came up over the long weekend. there are few things that take priority over the XJ, but the house tends to. haha.