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Hey guys,

Looking at getting suspension prepping my JK for a trip to the cape this year.

The local shop suggested I look at the terraflex 2.5í kit and they use SBR for their supplies. Iíve been on to have a look there are different options for shock absorbers. The choices being terraflex, bilstein, fox and falcon.

Which would be the best to go with? My JKUis also a daily drive so something comefortable on road as well is preferred.
Itís a CRD bull bar is coming as well as roof racks and will be loaded with a waeco etc

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I've got the Teraflex 2.5 with the Fox Evolution shocks. (I think they call them Adventure series now) Handles really well and flexes pretty good with sway bar disconnected. The reason I went with Fox over Bilstein is the Fox' have a 5/8 shaft and the Bilsteins a 3/8 but I think you would be happy with either. If the budget allows I would give the standard Teraflex shocks a miss, only because they are a twin tube design and monotubes do tend to be a better shock. You usually do get a firmer ride with monotubes though so if you don't like that then maybe twin tubes are the way to go.

I did the Cape in it in 2016 and did find with all the weight in it it sat pretty low at the back but I do also have the Smittybilt Atlas rear bar which is close to 100kg. Otherwise it handled the Cape with ease.
I see Teraflex now have an outback suspension in the 2.5 which has a heavier spring rate ,I don't know how it would ride but if it had of been around when I got my lift I would have opted for it. Also the Teraflex Falcon shocks do look really nice.

I reckon you will be happy with a Teraflex lift they seem to be really well sorted, just get different bump stop extensions for the front, the ones you get in the kit are too long and you will bottom out quite a bit. I measured my shocks and the ones I ended up making were about 1 inch shorter than what came with the kit and, I had to pull everything off again to get the old ones out and put the new ones in, so save yourself some work and put shorter ones in straight up.
Also I have found SBR really good to deal with.

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Cheers, I did notice the outback one on there but didnít come with shocks, guess you just buy seperate?
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I can't comment on Fox or Bilstein but have just replaced Teraflex 9550 shocks with the base Falcon 2.0 shock (Falcon are made by Teraflex).
I much prefer the Falcons - they ride firmish unloaded, but feel much more progressive off-road, flex well and are more dive resistant both on and off-road than the 9550s. Out of the two, the Falcons would be my choice again.
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I have Fox shocks from SBR and love them. I think though when they need replacing I'll try the Falcons.
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I've been running the Teraflex kit in my 08 2dr for for about 5 years. Never had an issue with it, comfortable on road and off.
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OK. My 2c worth.

I did the Cape when I first bought the JKU Rubi (2007). Went up on the OE shocks.. they were OK but the springs caved in with the extra weight etc. Put in ARB springs and shocks with 2" lift. ARB shocks were good but firm but the springs were shite.

Since then I have run 2" lift via Lovell springs F&R .. HD at rear plus rear airbags and Bilstein shocks all round.

This combination has proven itself off and on road. I have been all over with this set up without an issue and pretty comfy too. Eg., Kimberley, Gibb River Rd; Anne Beadle track; Great Central Road; Sandy Junction Track; Mount Augustus, all around Alice Springs, Pilbara, Gascoyne etc etc.
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A related question for those who have done the Cape in recent years: Are there long enough distances on dirt roads with corrugations to justify remote reservoir shocks?
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