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Old 08-09-2007, 10:24 AM   #1
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Newbie with shock question

Hey all,
Newbie with a '99 TJ. It had a snow plow on it. I don't know how abused it was, but I can't imagine pushing snow was good for it. I am thinking of replacing shocks (56k). What else should I be looking at? The front shocks could be charged with air for the heavier load of the plow. Should I go that same route, or just the same shock as the rear? What shocks do you suggest? No lift, daily driver, very little off-road.
Also, would there be any benefit to replacing the body isolator mounts? (not sure of the name there, the rubber mounts from cab to frame)

Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:04 AM   #2
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If you want new shocks you should lift it at the same time.

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Old 08-09-2007, 11:31 AM   #3
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If it's not broken, why fix it? I'm not sure I understand your issue. If you do not like the ride quality then change the shocks. If the ride quality is acceptable and you are concerned about abuse/damage then get it inspected and take it from there.

You can look under the front end and see if the shocks are leaking fluid...then replace them. If you have air shocks, they suck so I would get new ones. Other than that if the front end is sagging, then new spriings may be in order.

Change the oil and trans fluid (if you have an automatic) to make yourself feel better. Jeeps are designed to plow snow and be beaten... Don't worry about it so much.... enjoy it!

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Old 08-09-2007, 11:33 AM   #4
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Shock advise... You get what you pay for. Get high quality shocks and spend a little more.

I'm running the Rubicon Express monotube shocks and I think they are awesome. Not too stiff and not too soft...just right.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys.
No leaking noted. It is an automatic and I have changed all the fluids. The ride is not horrible, but maybe it will be better after replacing air shocks.

Thanks again.
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If they're not blown out leave them unless you want a better ride, but it's a jeep so you're never going to get it to feel like a caddy. Other than that, jeeps were designed to be abused and mistreated, they have drain plugs in the floor! That should say something about them.
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joeVFR.......What does that name stand for???
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Old 08-09-2007, 03:06 PM   #8
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joeVFR.......What does that name stand for???
Several things...

I am an A&P, ATP and CFI and my old motorcycle was a Honda VFR (Softail Deluxe now! )
Kinda fit the whole aviation thing.


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Rock on man.. I am a Flight Instructor and also a first officer on a King Air 200 for a Air Ambulance company...
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Hey Joe,

If you're not ready to lift it yet and want to save some $$$, I have a set of four factory shocks off my Unlimited with about 1,200 miles on them. You are welcome to them for the cost of shipping. Let me know if you are interested.
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Hey Joe,

If you're not ready to lift it yet and want to save some $$$, I have a set of four factory shocks off my Unlimited with about 1,200 miles on them. You are welcome to them for the cost of shipping. Let me know if you are interested.

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Yeah! That would be great. That's very generous, thank you.
I will send you a pm.

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Old 08-09-2007, 06:14 PM   #12
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Does anybody know if the unlimited shocks will work on a '99 TJ?

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