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Old 04-11-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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Replacing OEM shocks with aftermarket

I want to replace the old shocks on my 99 SE. I want something with good on road ride, and the possibility of light off-road. And sometime in the not so distant future, putting in a 2.5 lift using the same shocks. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #2
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If I replace the shocks, do I need to replace rings at same time? Any kits I could buy the shocks and springs together? Recommendations on keeping stock height or go ahead and just lift now?

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Nope. You can just replace shocks
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Depends on the shocks max extension. On my cherokee I had stock shocks and a one inch lift. I haven't looked into doing the TJ yet.
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If you're going to do a suspension lift, wait and do the shocks at the same time. The shocks need to be sized to the lift.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:32 PM   #6
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I'm in the same vote as the OP, one of my shocks is leaking, but I don't want to get new ones till I get the OME 2.5" lift I am planning, but probably wont get to till later this year. Decisions decisions, lol :/
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:17 AM   #7
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Nothing really wrong with what's on mine right now. I just figure that after 100K+ miles shocks and springs are a bit worn...so replace bit by bit or all at once is the question. I have been following other threads as well as I am trying to get as much info as I can before deciding. Thanks for the input so far.
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In my opinion, shocks wear a whole lot faster than springs sag.
Replacing shocks at about 40,000 miles is pretty normal, but many wait as you are, to do their suspension work. Also, your bushings, and TRE's, Track Bar, and steering dampener are wearing out sooner than the springs!!
I would replace the shocks with cheap walmart type until you are ready to do your lift, and replace with Rancho, Bilstein, OME, Pro-Comp, or whom ever you feel will give you the best ride, and shock life. Shock replacement may even improve your handling and ride!! Replacing your worn bushings, and such is a better idea.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:35 PM   #9
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Ok - so I think I will go with Bilsteins. And because of Slickrock steve's input I'm looking at other components as well.

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Also, your bushings, and TRE's, Track Bar, and steering dampener are wearing out sooner than the springs!!
And because of Slickrock steve's input I'm looking at other components as well.

What are some good quality to look into to replace bushings?
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:43 AM   #10
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Ok - so I think I will go with Bilsteins. And because of Slickrock steve's input I'm looking at other components as well.

And because of Slickrock steve's input I'm looking at other components as well.

What are some good quality to look into to replace bushings?
My Bilsteins came with new bushings just saying.

I believe most shocks that you buy come with some bushings to replace the old worn ones
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:26 PM   #11
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I think he meant other bushings not the shock bushings.

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