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Old 02-12-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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How do I know if I need shocks?

I can tell in my car or van when I need shocks, well struts anyways.

Is there a way to tell when its time to change them on my TJ? Time or mileage is not an option since I have no idea when when the op had the last set installed.

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Old 02-12-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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TJ's dont use struts, they use individual shocks & springs.

stand on your bumper and bounce it up and down.


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Old 02-12-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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If your jeep looks like " Uncle Buck's" car did goin down the road you need new shocks!!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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TJ's dont use struts, they use individual shocks & springs.

stand on your bumper and bounce it up and down.

I do know they are struts. I check my cars the way shown on the video, along with certain noises that come early on on my mini van.

The TJ's suspension is stiffer and I wasn't sure the same theory would apply. The only vehicles I ever changed shocks on were due based on mileage or obvious problems (leaks, signs or wear on the shaft or bushings). I don't see those here but I figured I would ask.

So jumping on the number should do the trick.the same way?
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:27 PM   #5
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Yeah, if the jeep just continues to bounce around after you jump on either side the shocks arent dampening anything... KAPuT
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:54 PM   #6
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In the state of Pennsylvania is u bounce on the bumper and jump of if the vehicle bounces more then i beleive 3 times after your off it doesn't pass inspection if that help
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:39 AM   #7
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Sounds good, ill do the bounce test today. Out of curiosity, how often do they normally need to be changed? I do realize driving conditions and what mods are there but just to have an idea. Two years? Four years?

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