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Old 03-27-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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Coil Over Shocks

Workin on upping my beast again. This time it's some serious work. Putting D60 up front, 14 bolt in back, 4 link front and back, hydraulic assist, 5.38 gears, 41.5x14.5 Irok's, genright tank, comp corners, tube front, blah, blah, blah...

Anyhow, just now starting to look at shocks and had a question: what specs do you recommend for coil over shocks?

I'm looking at 16" Sway-A-Way 2.0" Racerunner with remote reservior. Dual rate springs, but I'm not sure of length and weights (dual 14" that are 250/300?) Any suggestions?

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Old 03-27-2008, 01:49 PM   #2
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The coil selection will depend entirely on how you set up your rig. Are you stretching your wheel base? How much? The biggest factor in shock/spring selection is the amount of sprung weight on each corner. That will determine which springs you go with. There are easy ways to figure out which springs you need as well with a simple tape measure.

2.0 shocks are the best option for a jeep that won't see tons of high speed, excessive travel, whoopty whoos. 16" shocks are great, but excessive. More than likely you won't use that much travel in the front as there will be other limiting factors that hinder that much articulation. Also, with that long of a shock you will need to run tons of lift to keep the shock hoops under the hood. Not a big problem to some people but it is still something to think about.

Dual rate isn't right for a 16" shock. It isn't exactly the best way to go about it on a 14" shock either. You should run a triple rate kit with a shorter top spring and a helper to keep them all in place.

I like Sway A Way because they are red. If I would have liked blue I could have gone with King or Fox. The only major difference between them all is the dual rate and triple rate kits so do your research on them.

For me? I went with 14" SAW coilovers with remote mount reservoirs in the front. I use a triple rate kit with 250/300 springs. If I get to link the back I will use 16" travel shocks and mount them up higher. I got all my stuff from Dave at Poly Performance. I went that route because they have a spring exchange policy. Should I get wrong rates I just pay for shipping back and forth and they will swap them out for me with the correct ones.
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