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Old 11-30-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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Does new bumper = new shocks?

I just bought an '09 Unlimited. I plan to install a Body Armor bumper, skid plate and winch. Altogether, another 270 pounds on the front end (minus old bumper, of course). Should I be looking at stiffer shocks for that weight? A lift kit is out, since GF is only five feet tall. Or am I being overly cautious?

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Old 12-01-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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I just bought an '09 Unlimited. I plan to install a Body Armor bumper, skid plate and winch. Altogether, another 270 pounds on the front end (minus old bumper, of course). Should I be looking at stiffer shocks for that weight? A lift kit is out, since GF is only five feet tall. Or am I being overly cautious?
That's a lot of weight. I'd look at putting a set of front springs on before you mess with shocks. You're going to have front end sag if you don't.

If you don't want a lift, a leveling kit should even things out and not add much height (no more than an inch, bet she wouldn't notice if you dont tell her). Get a set of grab handles and your girl wont have any trouble getting in anyways. Ace rock sliders also provide a great step-in for shorter folks as well, even with a 3 inch.

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:55 AM   #3
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Lots of people install bumpers with winches. I would go ahead and install the stuff and then see how it handles. You might not even notice a difference.

Besides, you would want to look at stiffer springs before different shocks. You wouldn't need to change out the shocks unless you go significantly taller. You could look for springs and shocks off a Rubicon (assuming yours isn't a Rubi).

Check the numbers on your springs. The stiffest/tallest is 19/60 combo. Look up how to find your spring rate. It's the last two numbers on the tag.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:01 AM   #4
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I will tell you that I have installed an aftermarket bumper and winch and initially I lost 1/2 inch. My weight increase was about 200#. I now have lost 3/4 inch after driving with it for 4 months. You may not notice that but I do. It also points your headlights down a bit. The Jeep also has a built in forward rake. I know there are some solutions like a leveling kit but nothing works like the definative cure. As stated above, shocks aren't going to be the cure springs are. I am putting a 2.5 " lift soon but to be fair I am also adding 35's.

Now the big mod dilema for you, I would caution you not to design your Jeep around a woman UNLESS she is your girlfriend. Even then make sure she understands that your relationship with her will have to change because of your new iron mistress. Tell me I am wrong.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:48 AM   #5
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I have rancho 5000s at the moment. Have a set of 9000s in the garage waiting to be put on.

But they rode too rough before i put my winch/bumper on. Now its not bad. Heh!

But you probably only want springs. But you might as well lift it then......wont cost nuch more for a 3 inch lift.

I dont have a stock suspension though and my jeep was over levelled before i put the winch and bumper on.

I have a rugged ridge xhd stubby with hoop and quadratec 9000 winch
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I wrote above to not design the Jeep around a woman unless she was your girlfriend....... That was supposed to say don't design a Jeep around the woman unless she is your WIFE. Freudian Slip, who knows?

I hope mine doesn't get the wrong idea!!!!!!
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LOL. That's always good advice. The seat on the Harley is already low enough for her.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:27 AM   #8
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My thanks to all of the above for the advice. That was really quick! If I have any complications, I'll contribute same to this forum.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #10
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Have a aftermarket front bumper with the winch setup on my 2013 jk Sahara unlimited. Originally had 2 inch spacers but the weight of the bumper made me lose a inch or so. Went the spring / nitro shock combo from skyjacker. installers decided to keep the front spacers in and use the springs and shocks from the 2.5 lift kit. It came out perfect.... The spacers did the trick....springs are still the same load strength as originals so it still would have dove down in the front end with out the spacers. Hats off to installations unlimited. They actually called 3 times and tried it both ways and it came out awesome ...perfectly level. And that's my 2 cents worth

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