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:confused:when i drive over a large hole or bump in the road, whether it is man made or an animal or made by mother nature, my nitro bottoms out in the rear with a jarring "thud" that is not comfortable at all. do any of you know any issues on this, does it happen to you, have you made any modifications? any help would be appreciated. thanks.:)

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Absolutely. In my town, many intersections get me. I drive across two unavoidable ones to get to my office every day. My '03 Liberty did the same thing, until I lifted it, then it bottomed in the front and rode smooth in the back. Go figure, that is why I would not go to the trouble to lift the Nitro.

I carry about 200lbs of gear with me all the time. I am certain that has a little to do with mine hitting hard.

There are coil spring assist shocks made that have multiple settings (at least two). I was looking at some the other day that were 90 lb rated until compressed half way then they increase to 250 lb rated. These are very expensive, in the neighborhood of $500.00 each. While these would eliminate the problem, I am not ready to spend that kind of money, at least not yet. I want to evaluate other shocks. Some off road heavy duty models may work just as well and cost 1/4 as much.

If you run into any that you think will work, just post em here. I will be looking on the web myself. Ultimately, I will probably pull one of the stock shocks off the vehicle and measure minimum and maximum lengths. Almost every web source will need to know these measurements because there are no 'Nitro' specific shocks listed, yet.
 

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hate to say this, glad i'm not the only one!

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Absolutely. In my town, many intersections get me. I drive across two unavoidable ones to get to my office every day. My '03 Liberty did the same thing, until I lifted it, then it bottomed in the front and rode smooth in the back. Go figure, that is why I would not go to the trouble to lift the Nitro.

I carry about 200lbs of gear with me all the time. I am certain that has a little to do with mine hitting hard.

There are coil spring assist shocks made that have multiple settings (at least two). I was looking at some the other day that were 90 lb rated until compressed half way then they increase to 250 lb rated. These are very expensive, in the neighborhood of $500.00 each. While these would eliminate the problem, I am not ready to spend that kind of money, at least not yet. I want to evaluate other shocks. Some off road heavy duty models may work just as well and cost 1/4 as much.

If you run into any that you think will work, just post em here. I will be looking on the web myself. Ultimately, I will probably pull one of the stock shocks off the vehicle and measure minimum and maximum lengths. Almost every web source will need to know these measurements because there are no 'Nitro' specific shocks listed, yet.
thanks for the info "myblunitro". i also would rather deal with the shock absorbers instead of a lift. will keep looking for them on the internet. i'll let you know if i find something. thanks again.:D

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found some shocks!!!

:confused:when i drive over a large hole or bump in the road, whether it is man made or an animal or made by mother nature, my nitro bottoms out in the rear with a jarring "thud" that is not comfortable at all. do any of you know any issues on this, does it happen to you, have you made any modifications? any help would be appreciated. thanks.:)

mcnabb in louisiana............


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I must be missing something. I can't find the shocks you listed above at the web site you have listed.

That link is to Ultimate Auto Accessories. The only Nitro items listed at that site are the ones underlined in the search of all Dodge items below.

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24751 Bugflector II by AVS - 2007-08 Dodge Nitro $69.84
2023x Cargo Liner by Husky Liners - 2007-08 Dodge Nitro - CARGO LINER $79.90
75350-4 Dual Shock Front Kit by Tuff Country - 2003-08 Ram 2500/3500 4WD for Tuff Country 4.5" Lift $203.98
75350-6 Dual Shock Front Kit by Tuff Country - 2003-08 Ram 2500/3500 4WD for Tuff Country 6" Lift $203.98
6023x Husky Liner Floor Liners - 2007-08 Dodge Nitro - REAR FLOOR LINER (1 Piece - See Desc) $69.95
3023x Husky Liner Floor Liners - 2007-08 Nitro - FRONT FLOOR LINERS $69.95

194307 In-Channel Ventvisor by AVS - 2007-08 Nitro (4 pieces) $60.67
401046 Putco Chrome Door Handles - 2007-08 Dodge Nitro (4 Handles) $89.88
400120 Putco Chrome Mirror Covers - 2007-08 Dodge Nitro (1 pair) $79.78

61331__20 SX8000 Shocks by Tuff Country - 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 PU with 6" Lift (REAR SHOCK) - PAIR $82.80
61301__24 SX8000 Shocks by Tuff Country - 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Pickup w/ 4.5" Lift (REAR SHOCK) - PAIR $82.80
61232__23 SX8000 Shocks by Tuff Country - 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Pickup with 2" Lift (FRONT SHOCK) - PAIR $82.80
61261__23 SX8000 Shocks by Tuff Country - 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Pickup with 2" Lift (REAR SHOCK) - PAIR $82.80
61302__24 SX8000 Shocks by Tuff Country - 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Pickup with 4.5" Lift (FRT SHOCK) - PAIR $82.80
61302__20 SX8000 Shocks by Tuff Country - 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Pickup with 6" Lift (FRONT SHOCK) -PAIR $82.80
221927 Steelcraft Side Bars - 2007-08 Dodge Nitro - POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL $280.00
72190S Steelcraft Sport Bar - 2007 Dodge Nitro - POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL $257.98

K832B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD 4" Front /2" Rear (V-10/Cummins) $1,380.96
K834B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD 4" Front /2" Rear (V-8 Hemi) $1,345.94
K835B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD 4" Front /2" Rear (V-8 Hemi) RRunner $1,749.85
K833B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2003-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD 4" Frt /2" Rr (V-10/Cummins) RRunner $1,749.85
K821B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2006-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD 6" Frt / 4" Rr (V-8 Hemi) Bilstein $1,451.76
K823B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2006-07 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD 6" Frt/ 4" Rr (V-10/Cummins)Bilstein $1,451.76
K824B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2006-07 Ram 2500/3500 4WD 6" Frt / 4" Rr (V-10/Cummins)RRunner/Bilst $1,853.98
K865B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2007-08 Ram 2500/3500 4WD 6" Frt/4" Rr (Cummins 6.7L/6sp Auto)Bilste $1,451.76
K866B Suspension System by SuperLift- 2007-08 Ram 2500/3500 4WD 6" Frt/4" Rr (Cummins/6spAuto)RRunner/Bils $1,853.98

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does this help?

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sorry same as before, type in the part number rsxshock and then dodge nitro 2007 and it will give you the answer above. i did not call them yet, been busy.
 

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MCNABB, do you have the RT? Because I know the R/T's have a differenty suspension set up than the SLT and SXT do. I have the SLT and I have no problems with this.
 

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MCNABB, from everything I can tell by looking on line, 2006 Jeep Liberty shocks will work just fine. I pulled the left shock off this afternoon. It is 14" minimum length and about 22" fully extended measuring center to center through the mounting loops.

I visited Monroe website where I gleaned a wealth of info.



This information makes more sense when viewing the breakout of a rear shock listed on their site for the Liberty rear. See the hi-lit-ed line in the pic below.



If I am understanding this correctly, we should be able to go to any website that sells rear off-road shocks for the '06 Liberty and get what we need for our Nitro, as long as we specify stock lengths, not lifted.
 

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Another thing you might be interested in. See pic below. With the vehicle on a floor jack and the lower bolt removed through the shock mounting, the shock hangs about 5" below the mounting point. This means with the shock installed, there is about 3" of shock travel remaining before it "bottoms out" Now the shock is mounted off at the top at about a 30 degree angle from suspension deflection. So this means there is good 4" of suspension travel before it also bottoms out.:rolleyes:

One more thing, this is the weakest shock I have ever seen, short of one being completely worn out.




Rancho RS5284 I ordered two this evening. If you wait, I will tell you if the fit OK or not.
 

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i have a slt

MCNABB, do you have the RT? Because I know the R/T's have a differenty suspension set up than the SLT and SXT do. I have the SLT and I have no problems with this.[/QUO

hello corsairkid, i have the slt. travelling on these rough roads of louisiana has put the nitro thru hell and i want it back. thanks for the info.:D
 

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mega thanks for the information, "myblunitro"!!

Another thing you might be interested in. See pic below. With the vehicle on a floor jack and the lower bolt removed through the shock mounting, the shock hangs about 5" below the mounting point. This means with the shock installed, there is about 3" of shock travel remaining before it "bottoms out" Now the shock is mounted off at the top at about a 30 degree angle from suspension deflection. So this means there is good 4" of suspension travel before it also bottoms out.:rolleyes:

One more thing, this is the weakest shock I have ever seen, short of one being completely worn out.




Rancho RS5284 I ordered two this evening. If you wait, I will tell you if the fit OK or not.
:cool: hope to order some soon for my nitro also!!! thanks again for all of your searching on the net!!!

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done deal

:cool: hope to order some soon for my nitro also!!! thanks again for all of your searching on the net!!!

mcnabb in louisiana..........:cool:
:D instead of the rancho shocks, i went ahead and installed a pair of "monroe sensa-trac shocks", with the safe-tech system, supposed to be better handling. installation was a breeze and the quality of the ride is much better. will let you know if i still have the bottoming out issue. i asked for a pair that fit the 2007 jeep liberty and they fit perfect. the old stock shocks were in bad shape. after i took them off, i could push them in like they were a piece off of an accordion, is that how it's spelled?

the part number is 37203 st. they were $41.99 each. they have a limited lifetime warranty.

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Great, you just confirmed what I thought, that Liberty shocks will fit just fine. Yeah, I agree, the stock shocks are really cheap. I think just about any replacement shock would be better than those.

My Rancho shocks will be here tomorrow evening.
 

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I don't really see how you guys have problems with the Nitro bottoming out... I have the R/T (and I know you bluNitro have it too) and I more than not feel that the shocks my Nitro are too firm! We do have some bumpy roads up here in Minneapolis, and sometimes I feel like I'm just bouncing around like I'm sitting in a lowered streettuned riceburner... I do love the way I can take turns and off/on ramps though... :cool:, but from time to time I alomst wish they were a little bit softer... Maybe this happens after a while - I have around 6k on it now - how much do you guys have?
 

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Fenrir, I have close to 8500 miles now. Rough roads have contributed greatly to the demise of my rear shocks. Down here, the city allows rain gutters to run down the sides of the major roads. On the cross streets, you are forced to drive through that 'dip'. Depending on how fast you hit that 'dip', you could get airborne or blow out your shocks. My last vehicle was a Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, which also bottomed out over these same locations. I have to admit, I didn't expect this one to get this bad this quickly. Everybody has trouble with these intersections, but full size vehicles mostly swallow up the bumps and keep on trucking. I will use these shocks for a while. But when I wear them out, I think I will go to a coil spring reinforced shock which will eliminate this problem for good.
 

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MCNABB, do you have the RT? Because I know the R/T's have a differenty suspension set up than the SLT and SXT do. I have the SLT and I have no problems with this.[/QUO

hello corsairkid, i have the slt. travelling on these rough roads of louisiana has put the nitro thru hell and i want it back. thanks for the info.:D
O ok. Well it sounds like you solved your problem. I sure hope I dont have this problem. In my schools parking lot, there are a ton of speed bumps that the Nitro doesnt seem to like. Hope it doesnt cause problems in the future.
 

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mega road defects!!!

I don't really see how you guys have problems with the Nitro bottoming out... I have the R/T (and I know you bluNitro have it too) and I more than not feel that the shocks my Nitro are too firm! We do have some bumpy roads up here in Minneapolis, and sometimes I feel like I'm just bouncing around like I'm sitting in a lowered streettuned riceburner... I do love the way I can take turns and off/on ramps though... :cool:, but from time to time I alomst wish they were a little bit softer... Maybe this happens after a while - I have around 6k on it now - how much do you guys have?
currently, i have over 31,000 miles on my 2007 dodge nitro slt. the change for the shocks were way over due, i should have completed this much earlier. maybe around the 20,000 mile mark. travel alot of highway miles. if any of you have travelled to southwest louisiana and headed east on i-10 in between lake charles, la. and iowa, la., you will be able to "test" out your nitros' suspension, shocks, struts, tires, tire pressure, fuel mileage, air bag system, comfortable seats and whatever you wish for free!!! but this is not the road that i bottomed out on. don't want to tell you this one because you might get hurt while travelling louisianas' finest roads. good luck to you all!!

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Fenrir, I have close to 8500 miles now. Rough roads have contributed greatly to the demise of my rear shocks. Down here, the city allows rain gutters to run down the sides of the major roads. On the cross streets, you are forced to drive through that 'dip'. Depending on how fast you hit that 'dip', you could get airborne or blow out your shocks. My last vehicle was a Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, which also bottomed out over these same locations. I have to admit, I didn't expect this one to get this bad this quickly. Everybody has trouble with these intersections, but full size vehicles mostly swallow up the bumps and keep on trucking. I will use these shocks for a while. But when I wear them out, I think I will go to a coil spring reinforced shock which will eliminate this problem for good.
Ok, but did you also feel that the Nitro was quite firm in the beginning? And at what point did you feel that the shocks were giving up their pressure?
 

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Fenrir, the ride is still firm. That firm ride and normal ride height is controlled by the springs. Shocks stabilize the movement of the springs, preventing the vehicle from bouncing up and down. As the factory shocks weakened, the spring movement increased. It increased to a point where the suspension ran out of travel and bottoms out when driving through a dip in the road. Not correcting the shocks would weaken the springs over time. Weakening of the springs would cause the ride height to sag. No one wants that, especially since there is only 4" of travel until it hits bottom!
 
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