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Old 10-09-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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shock therapy

was at the shop where i was having a new clutch put in. jeep was up on a lift and noticed my right rear shock had an oily wet look to it. is this shock toast?

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if its just a little oily its not toast, but its on its way out. the fluid is leaking past the piston. time to plan for new ones.

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It might be toast. Just buy new ones anyway. What are the specs on the Jeep? Motor, mileage?? I know from experience that 6cyl jeeps are notorious for losing the right rear shock and spring from the torque that is put out. It rocks the body and frame so much that the right side wears out faster than the left. New replacement shocks wont be that much.
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:42 PM   #4
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cool. sorry guys but i am a noobie. however it gives me an excuse to spend money on it. might as well replace all 4 while i'm at it.
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cool. sorry guys but i am a noobie. however it gives me an excuse to spend money on it. might as well replace all 4 while i'm at it.
That's what i'm talking about brother.. An excuse to spend more money on it..

Those statements should be listed in the manual somewhere. A disclaimer maybe?
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:44 PM   #6
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You sure no one squirted oil onto it? Actually, that crap happens. I was half-way between LA and Vegas with my new young bride just before I shipped out to Vietnam (yes I am THAT old) when we stopped off at a gas station in Baker California. Before I knew what was happening, the guy was under my car and then came up with an alarmed look and said "look, all four of your shocks are leaking hydraulic fluid and you or your wife could be killed". As a young naive kid, I had him replace them and that charge went onto my credit card I could barely pay for as it was. It was years later I learned that I had been "had" and that the crooked mechanic had simply squirted oil onto all four of my shocks while I was in the men's room.

You can pull it off to know for sure. If the shock can be easily compressed and extended, it's bad. If it gives a healthy resistance in both directions, it's likely ok. Since your shock is obviously hydraulic from the leaky (?) fluid, it will not try to extend on its own. Hydraulic shocks stay at their last position, only gas-charged shocks will fully extend on their own.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:36 AM   #7
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i've heard of that scam before. just fluid on the one, tho. quadratec got a set i think i'll order. not to expensive. and the clutch? the only thing left of the throw-out bearing was the ring that the bearings set in.
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What shocks are you thinking of ordering?
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:56 PM   #9
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sky jacker hydro 7000 or nitro 8000.
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ive got the hydros. i love them. they are really soft though, so depends on how you like it. mine is smooth but bouncy on the road, but off road it articulates very well
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did they come with the red rubber boots?
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sky jacker hydro 7000 or nitro 8000.
The hydros are a good choice, the Skyjacker nitros are WAY too stiff riding for a Wrangler.
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did they come with the red rubber boots?
Avoid installing those boots which do nothing but trap dirt and fine grit which will cause the shock seals to go bad prematurely. Without the boots in place, it's easy to rinse that stuff away, which the rain helps to do too.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #14
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ok, excellence advice as usual. thanks.
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Anyone have that Edelbrock set? I tend to like the suspension tight, but maybe that is not the Jeep way.
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I like my OME shocks. They get hard when turning but soft on holes. Self adjusting

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