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Old 01-19-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
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What in the ever lovin'!?!?!?!?!

My 2008 JKU has ride quality has been awful the last few days, but I've had NO time to diagnose why. Tonight I finally crawled under it and what do I find? ALL FOUR of the bolts holding the rear shocks to the frame are GONE. How in the heck does that happen?

So anyway, guess I'm going to the dealer tomorrow to buy some bolts. I'm curious what shocks people like for lifted JK's (I'm not sure whether this is a 2.5 or 3" lift or what "kit" was used). I may just replace the shocks, which appear to be the factory units.

Thanks.

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Old 01-19-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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Just hit up a home depot. Dealer grade 8 is no different from home depot grade 8, besides price. Can always add a lock washer, too.

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Old 01-20-2014, 12:00 AM   #3
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^^^^ this. But seriously, it wasn't making any noise for a while now. I would think as the bolts were working loose that the shocks would of made some sort of a clunk from the beginning. That's weird.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:59 AM   #4
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To speak to part two of your post, the Ranch RS9000XL's are adjustable and VERY popular for the price. I have yet to hear one negative review. Of course, you know your driving and riding habits, so look accordingly for the best fit for your needs, but the 9000's do fit well on the road and trail.

I received my set Friday but didn't get a chance to install this past weekend. Hopefully in the next couple, but plenty of reviews from others on their performance if you search.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:21 PM   #5
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Rancho 9000's x10

Make a habit of checking all bolts for torque, especially if you like to wheel.
The 2 front track bar bolts are 125 ft lbs. HIGHLY Advise checking them. Last thing you want is DW.

Back to the shocks
Rancho 29xl front
Rancho 30xl rear

These go well with 2.5" of lift.

Let me know if you have any other questions. See my post in the sticky area linked in my sig line.

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Old 01-20-2014, 09:53 PM   #6
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kjeeper, do you
Prefer the 7000s over the 9000s ?
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:04 PM   #7
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He puts me on the spot ^ lol

Currently running the 7000's but would have no issue running the 9000's again. I do miss the plush ride of the 9000's. 7000's are more controlled but firmer. I am running E Tires and first gen RK Coils soon changing to gen 2
I change shocks like I change underwear


Guess that wasn't much Help
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:16 PM   #8
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My 2008 JKU has ride quality has been awful the last few days, but I've had NO time to diagnose why. Tonight I finally crawled under it and what do I find? ALL FOUR of the bolts holding the rear shocks to the frame are GONE. How in the heck does that happen?

So anyway, guess I'm going to the dealer tomorrow to buy some bolts. I'm curious what shocks people like for lifted JK's (I'm not sure whether this is a 2.5 or 3" lift or what "kit" was used). I may just replace the shocks, which appear to be the factory units.

Thanks.
The amount of lift your Jeep has is not the question.... it's what shock length you need....
It's your decision what shock manufacturer and model you use, but you should determine the shock length you need first. Flex out your suspension to full droop and then measure the distance between the upper and lower mounts; that will give you the extended length of the shock and then add .5" for safety. Then stuff the tire until it hits the bumpstop and measure the distance between the upper and lower mounts; that will give you the compressed length of the shock and add .5" for safety.
Compare these to a manufactures chart to find the part number you need.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:44 PM   #9
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Thanks CharlesS. Once the weather warms up, I will do what you have suggested. Sounds like the Rancho 9k's would be a good option for me as far as ride quality. I don't know what lift kit is on my Jeep right now, but don't the shocks typically get replaced when a lift is performed? I'm pretty sure these are the stock shocks.

For CarolinaBound: I went to Home Depot, Lowes, and Advanced Auto and none of them had the replacement bolts, which are a Metric M10-1.5x25 grade-8 flanged bolt. In fact, I called two Jeep dealers in my area and apparently no dealer has them in the system between DC and North Carolina. They ordered 4 for me and they should be here tomorrow. Total cost: $17.50. I did find some regular hex-head bolts and some washers to put on temporarily at Lowes. Total cost: $2.50. Hah!
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There's only 3 shock choices for the 9000 and you can run either 4" shock.
Most run 29xl front and 30xl rear at 2.5-3" of lift.
These are just shy of a 10" travel shock.
Or you can opt for more travel with the 31xl and 32xl which are around 10.5"

Here's the spec sheet
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:20 AM   #11
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Thanks kjeeper!

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