08-31-2017, 10:33 PM
Join Date: Nov 2016
Kudos: Rancho 5000x
2015 JKUR 6MT, bone stock until today.
31k - Stock Rubicon shocks toast... significant reduction in ride quality over last two months. Seemed to have lost all rebound damping, and road feel was harsh/wandering/swaying. Turns out, they were to blame for my rake complaint.
Complaint #1 to dealer was met with general soccer-mom explanation ("high center of gravity off-road capability means you're gonna have some head-bobbing.")
Complaint #2 to dealer was met with offer to replace shocks following some road time.
Rode new shocks home this afternoon and immediately replaced with Rancho 5000X that I had ordered in case dealer didn't take care of me.
Had planned on installing 1" TeraFlex spacer to cure front rake... With new shocks, she was sitting pretty close to expectations.
Took 3hrs, including significant time lost to unorganized tools. Front passenger 1hr, front driver 30min, both rears 15min. I did install the spacers.
Rubi shocks are a 16mm top bolt/nut and 18mm bottom but/bolt in front and rear. Front sway is 18 as well.
Remove the plastic on the front passenger side, just like everyone tells you too.
Jack up the frame, near the front, and rest it on a jackstand. Raise front axle to unload sway bar link. Remove shock and disconnect sway bar. Lower axle until spring is loose. Waych for the brake line bracket, 10mm to get it loose. Reverse for install.
Rears are very easy. 12" extension and impact to rip out uppers. 18mm on the lowers.
I'm happy to answer questions, but there are several great YouTube videos. It's easy peasy.
These 5000x are killer. Small road imperfections disappear, no bucking or skipping on the twisties, frost heaves don't knock fillings out. Can't say enough good about them, even after 20 mile test drive. Can't imagine why these arent OEM, as the cost is very reasonable.
Just do it, it is worth it.
Also, brand new Rubi Reds are available for $100, just PM me.