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Old 05-11-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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Rubicon Shocks.. Leaking??

Has anyone ever had almost brand new Rubicon Shocks seemingly leak oil onto the shock body? I got these used from another forum and they are obviously very mint condition not dirty, no scratches, no rust on the upper mount threads.. but there appears to be some kind of oil on the shock bodies... what gives?

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Old 05-11-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Just 1 ?

Not common but does happen from time to time.

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Old 05-11-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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Like all four... they have been in storage for a while... dunno if that maybe has something to do with it.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
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They are all still very stiff though...
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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The 4 shocks on my 10 Rubi are totally dry. I don't know, any shocks that leak I was taught that they aren't good and should be replaced. Unless you think that the oil was transferred to them from something else. If a shock leaks it can still appear to be fine, but I wouldn't want it on my JK. Don't know what to tell you. "If" they're all leaking why would you use them. It will only get worse.
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I doubt they all would leak. Clean and install
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:18 PM   #7
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if you can press them down and they all come out relatively the same speed then i wouldnt worry about it.
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Depending on how new the shocks are, the oil may be simply left over from when the shocks were assembled. Not unusual. As pluke the 2 said, compress them and if they all expand at the same rate, they are fine.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
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Yeah they are very firm and hard to compress by hand but they rebound like they should. I think they will be ok.
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They might have been coated with a light oil to mitigate rust while in storage.

I would wipe 'em down with a rag prior to installation and monitor them closely for a while after they are in service to make sure they are ok. After that you are gold.
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RE shocks are actually known to do this. It happened to at 3 of my friends who ran their shocks. Hence they went to OME or Bilsteins.
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That's because Jeep uses "cheapo" shocks. They should use Bilstein like a different company that can't be name on this forum. You get what you pay for.
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That's because Jeep uses "cheapo" shocks. They should use Bilstein like a different company that can't be name on this forum. You get what you pay for.
Really, honestly, how fat and alone are you really? To waste your days trolling a site (that you don't care for) to bash something you hate. Go find a girl.
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That's because Jeep uses "cheapo" shocks. They should use Bilstein like a different company that can't be name on this forum. You get what you pay for.
The upgraded (red) shocks are actually pretty good IMO
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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I agree, I put the rears on yesterday and they are a night and day difference from the stock shocks. My Jeep only has 4500 miles and it would appear that the stock shocks are worn out already. Very easy to depress and take forever to extend back out...
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Really, honestly, how fat and alone are you really? To waste your days trolling a site (that you don't care for) to bash something you hate. Go find a girl.
Or a life. What a loser.

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