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If you are an SUV kind of a person, chances are that you already own or are looking to buy one of Jeep’s monsters. If you do plan on buying or already own a Grand Cherokee from the brand, then you might consider buying shock absorbers for your SUV. If you have the Grand Cherokee you are anyway in for a treat as SUVs absorb a lot more of the shock as compared to any other car. However, for the comprehensive health of the car and to avoid inducing unnecessary pressure on the car’s system, most people prefer installing shock absorbers beforehand.
Believe it or not, this simple addition to your car can add months, sometimes even years to your car’s life. For those of you who are skeptical of how a shock absorber would help, or just curious about it, shock absorbers work by absorbing the shock (in the form of kinetic energy) and convert it into heat energy, which is later squandered. The method of heat dissipation is different for different types of absorbers. Some absorbers save the energy for later use while some simply let the energy off into the atmosphere. Either way, the absorber cushions the shock and in turn reduce the after-effects of it.
Now there are a bunch of different types of absorbers and consequently a million different options to choose from. As there is not much that could go wrong with a shock absorber and it is only an addition to your car’s base system, you would want to get the most out of whatever amount you intend on spending. To help with the filtration process and to save you a ton of time and money, below is a list of some of the best shock absorbers for your Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Best Shock Absorbers for Jeep Grand Cherokee
1. Monroe 58647 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber
As I have previously mentioned, different shock absorbers squander the energy produced from shock absorption differently. Well, when it comes to the Monroe 58647 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber, the heat energy created is absorbed by a fluid present inside the shock absorber. The upside of this specific type of shock absorber is that the heat dissipation system of the car is not overworked as any of the heat energy requires immediate release into the atmosphere.
The Monroe 58647 Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber is a little bit on the pricier end of things but that is convincingly justified for the kind of quality product that it is. The company is easily one of the most renowned and subsequently reliable brands out there. This particular set of shock absorbers is known to be quite heavy-duty and can be used in vehicles that go through rocky terrain on a daily basis. These shocks have a full displaced valving which is designed to adjust itself to change in terrains and is designed to cushion varied levels of shocks. The fluon banded piston helps in sealing the distance between the piston and the pressure tube which provides a jerk-free experience.
There is really no downside to these shock absorbers, except for the price at which they come, and that is what makes them an ideal choice for almost anyone who owns a Grand Cherokee.
2. Maxorber Full Set Shocks Struts Absorber Kit Front Rear Set
If you are concerned about certain shock absorbers not being compatible with your car and you having to make adjustments because of it, worry no more. These shocks are marketed specifically as ones that are compatible with grand Cherokees so you will not be spending extra money on making modifications and space for the absorbers. Speaking of spending money, another factor that attracts most people to this product is the fact that it is reasonably priced for its build quality.
The shock absorbers are chrome plated which essentially screams ‘good quality’. With these on, you will not have to worry about buying replacements anytime soon. They can give the most high-end shock absorbers a run for their money. Not that you need any more reasons to buy these but going through all the other features will help make an informed choice. These are very easy to install and come as a set of both front and rear shock absorbers. The paired absorbers assure smooth and uniform execution.
The only thing that seems to bug certain customers is the fact that although these come in a kit, they do not come with springs and mounts. So, looking for and buying the springs and mounts is just extra work. If that is a nonissue for you, which it is for most, I highly recommend getting your hands on these.
3. Bilstein B8 5100 Series 4 Shocks Kit
Here is another set of shock absorbers marketed specifically to fit the grand Cherokees like a glove. These are a little bit more expensive than the rest of the shock absorbers mentioned previously but they are pretty good at what they do.
The obnoxious price point comes from the strong and durable make of these absorbers. They are coated with zinc to provide longevity and sustainability. With these, you will not have to worry about maintenance and replacements for a very long time. They also have self-adjusting valves which help a lot as a feature on shock absorbers. Self-adjusting valves essentially further cushion the blow as they brace the system beforehand depending on the terrain that the vehicle is going through.
They are again, a front and rear set of absorbers that provide uniform cushioning throughout the vehicle. It makes use of gas pressure technology for dampening the shocks. This system basically creates friction by creating an opposite force to cushion the shock coming from an unideal terrain. All in all, it is a pretty solid set of shock absorbers that has nothing going against it except for the price at which it is sold.
4. KYB Excel-G Front & Rear Shock Set
As long as we are talking about shock absorbers that fit like a glove, it is worth mentioning that the KYB Excel-G Front & Rear Shock Set feels like it was made just for the grand Cherokees, and it is. This little set of shocks is affordable while being of extremely high quality as far as shock absorption goes.
These make use of gas pressure technology for shock absorption. The use of nitrogen gas can feel a little too rigid for people who are not used to it. Nitrogen gas is used in vehicles that are to face extremely rough terrains on a daily basis. The body is made of aluminum which helps a lot when it comes to heat dissipation. The absorbers themselves heat up quite a bit but that only gives way to a faster release of heat energy and the fluid does not overheat because of the heat distribution.
The only downside to having an aluminum body is the reduced durability that comes with it. It is common knowledge that aluminum as a metal has a lot less density when compared to metals like zinc, chrome, etc. which is why it does pose the threat of easy wear. Overall, the absorbers do everything that they are supposed to and that too at an affordable price. Not much to lose, eh?
Among the several hundred thousand options that might present themselves to you are certain gems that are a little harder to find but an absolute delight to use. All of the gems that I could find are listed above for your convenience. All you have to do now is make your pick based on the features you like/dislike, your budget, etc. Rest assured, all of the shock absorbers listed above are at the top of their line and will not be disappointing you by the lightest. No matter which shock absorber you choose, you will only have good things to say about it.
Hopefully, all of the features and downsides listed were enough for you to be able to get a basic idea of what to and what not to look for when shopping for shock absorbers. In this way, you will be able to get the most out of your money.
Howdy! I’m John Robinson from Levittown, New York. I am a mechanical engineer for 15 years and already had an established car repair company. I developed a personal relationship with cars since I was a kid. I always love the sounds and smell emitted by a car or truck and even at construction machinery. Since then I have been married but my love for cars only grew.