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Old 03-09-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Need to replace shocks but size unknown

I'm new to TJs and wheeling. With that being said...
I purchased my TJ from a dealership w/ the body lift, springs, shocks and other modifications made. Unfortunately the dealership couldn't provide me with any information about the mods and so far, everyone I've spoken to can't tell me the brand, let alone the some of the specific like amount of lift. 2 of the shocks are broken and I would like to stay with something comparable (as size) but I don't know how to get the information. What can I do?

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Never mind, I'm a moron! I could just take the shock off & measure it...

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What if the reason the shock broke is because someone put a budget boost, or linger springs on it but used the wrong shock size in the first place?

The best way is to cycle the suspension and get your collapsed length measurement. If you've already got proper bump stop length you're good, otherwise you should deal with that too. You can buy shocks based on generic "lift ranges". It'll be close, but on which side of the line will it be? Breaking stuff that costs money because it isn't set up right isn't the way I roll.
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Yes, and you may want to take a closer look as to why you have 2 broken shocks as that it very unusual. Make sure your bump stops limit the upper travel before the shock bottoms out.
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what if the reason the shock broke is because someone put a budget boost, or linger springs on it but used the wrong shock size in the first place?

The best way is to cycle the suspension and get your collapsed length measurement. If you've already got proper bump stop length you're good, otherwise you should deal with that too. You can buy shocks based on generic "lift ranges". It'll be close, but on which side of the line will it be? Breaking stuff that costs money because it isn't set up right isn't the way i roll.
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yes, and you may want to take a closer look as to why you have 2 broken shocks as that it very unusual. Make sure your bump stops limit the upper travel before the shock bottoms out.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:37 PM   #7
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broken rear shock

i have a 98 jeep wrangler tj i have one broken shock in the rear right end i have no clue how many inches is lifted ...i looked under it something snapped off the frame it looks like a hook can someone give me some advice to fix it
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i have a 98 jeep wrangler tj i have one broken shock in the rear right end i have no clue how many inches is lifted ...i looked under it something snapped off the frame it looks like a hook can someone give me some advice to fix it
You can measure the coil springs and or budget boost spacer to determine the amount of suspension lift (read the pdf below). Take some pictures of the broken part and post them up and we may be able to help.
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