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Old 08-05-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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About to buy new shocks

Hey guys I'm about to buy the Rancho RS9000XL shocks for my '97 TJ with a four inch lift but first I have a couple of questions.

Why is my lower spring mount rubbing right here? I dont want to ruin my new shock. It scrapes the boot away then scrapes the actual shock. I currently have a SYE with Currie adj. control arms, and a rear track bar relocation bracket with what I think is an adjustable track bar. I can check that if it matters. What could be causing this? The problem is I think the axle needs to roll forward, but that would put my pinion out of alignment.


I found the part number RS999255 for the front and RS999256 for the rear. If I buy these on amazon shouldn't it be alright as long as it is the same part number?
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The reason I ask if it will work is because on Amazon it says it will fit a 2.5-3 inch lift even though that part on Rancho's site says 3.5-4..

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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Yep, the pinion angle change for proper driveshaft angles messes up the shock mounting. Some shocks can be flipped upside down but the rancho 9000 shocks cannot. Currie makes shock extenders that move the shock out further so it no longer rubs. Mine hits too and makes a squeaking noise but I haven't done anything about it.

As far as what shock to get, take the part # on amazon and look it up on ranchos website. Amazon is often wrong in the description.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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I found the extensions and I will be purchasing them. I appreciate it!
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Now I've heard that relocating can cause the upper part of the shock to rub the gas tank, is this true?
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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The reason I ask if it will work is because on Amazon it says it will fit a 2.5-3 inch lift even though that part on Rancho's site says 3.5-4..
Measure. Check extended/collapsed lengths, then compare to your rig. I've never heard of any relocation brackets or extension brackets rubbing?
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Now I've heard that relocating can cause the upper part of the shock to rub the gas tank, is this true?
Every jeep will be different. I would try disconnecting your shock and bring it out an inch or so and see if it hits
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I don't mean to hijack the thread but how do you know your shocks are done? I have a 2001 TJ with about 112K miles or 189KM and I believe I have stock shocks. My ride is rigid when I hit bumps in the road but I'm not sure thats normal or not? Any advice would be appreciated. Also I have no lift and don't plan on it either.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:38 AM   #9
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I had the same rubbing issues. I went with the Curry extensions as well. I had a hard time with them, I ended slightly enlarging one bolt hole on each of the extenders. I couldn't get the bolt through them and my existing brackets to secure them properly. I ended up repainting them and they work great.
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Unbolt shock. Buy angle grinder with wheel for 30 bucks. Grind 1/2" of metal off of coil perch. Bolt shock back into place. Problem solved. Don't screw around with the shock mounting. You're just pissing money and time away.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:47 AM   #11
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What about the brake line? Grind that off too?
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It's a hard line, it can just be bent/pushed/zip ties out of the way if it rubs, and isn't near enough the coil pad to matter when grinding. The Artec coil pads for the 8.8 kit stick out too far in some applications and I had this issue when building my axle. It's a 5 minute job.
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Unbolt shock. Buy angle grinder with wheel for 30 bucks. Grind 1/2" of metal off of coil perch. Bolt shock back into place. Problem solved. Don't screw around with the shock mounting. You're just pissing money and time away.
this, by far the easiest, cheapest, and best solution short of burning in new shock mounts
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grind 1/2" of metal off of coil perch. Problem solved..
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It's a hard line, it can just be bent/pushed/zip ties out of the way if it rubs, and isn't near enough the coil pad to matter when grinding.

Now you tell me! Only reason I got the extenders was because my "hard line" was rubbed really bad and figured I needed to get around it without moving it...

Live and learn. Thanks.
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No problem. Yes you can just push/strap the line back to the axle tube. It is meant to bend, just don't kink it. If it was worn bad you may think about replacing it at some point.
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Thanks guys, I'll just grind it off!
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don't forget to check the bumpstop extension requirements....shocks are clearly bottoming out based on that picture...
See here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/corr...gth-70047.html
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #19
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Will the shocks be fine as long as I don't off road until I get the bump stops in?
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Will the shocks be fine as long as I don't off road until I get the bump stops in?
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