November 08, 2009
I just put the KYB Monomax on my 2005 Jeep TJ Unlimited. Amazing difference. They keep the ride height level when loaded in the rear. They are much stiffer, but a nice difference under most driving conditions. The reason for replacement was bottoming out with the old shocks, and when bumps hit only one one side, the Jeep rocked right to left a lot, jossling the passengers and gear a lot. Now it rides more like a pick-up in terms of ride stiffness and load capability. Cornering is much more level, nose dive is significantly reduced and the truck actually sits higher by about a half inch on the front, and 1 inch in the rear. Not sure why, perhaps they are stiff enough that they are holding some weight. The KYB look cool, they are an orange-red colour with stickers for them if you like. They have a larger diamater, but that doesn''t interfere with the setup at all. They have numerous parts and features that are significantly higher quality than the stock
twin tubes that I removed. My original shocks had 100,000 on them and when removed, I could flex and extend them with one hand.
The new Monomax took two people to compress them. The installation was very easy and they fit perfect. I have had them for 3000 kms so far and love them. The ride is rough now as in stiff, but it was always rough and the suspension bottoming out was becoming a problem. We are skiers and cottagers and with the gear we haul often, the higher quality monotube shock is making a big difference. That is my two sense, hope it helps!