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Old 03-31-2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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Shock the Monkey...

I've searched for this answer, so I defer to the suspension guys. I have a 03 Sport with the 30x9.5 tire option (don't know if that makes a difference) and I went to swap out some new suspension components (bushings, ball joints, etc) and new shocks. Being on a budget for now, I went with the Skyjacker Hydros that (according to Qtec) were for a stock, un-lifted TJ. Great, except the fronts are 2 inches too short.

I was able to find the correct length afterwards and am in the process of exchanging, but was wondering if I was right, or they were right (Did someone put the wrong size on before before I owned it)?

The front shocks on the Jeep now are 22.75'' fully extended, what they sent me was 20.75''… Anyone know what the correct length should be?



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Old 03-31-2014, 01:53 PM   #2
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Chances are you're right. You can't really make a short shock work. Although a 2" difference would still make it short.

I'm not 100% but I think you're looking for an 6-8" travel shock.

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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I recently measured the shocks that came stock on my 05 LJ Rubicon and they were roughly:
Fronts: 21 inches extended/13.5 inches compressed
Rears: 19 inches extended/12 inches compressed.
2005 Rubicon LJ, 4.5 lift, 35's
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