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Old 07-20-2015, 09:25 PM
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Question Need to replace shocks

Hey there,

I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with 73,400 miles. I was told by my body shop guy that I need to replace my shocks. He gave me the name of a place to go to. I received an estimate for $630.00 for all 4 including parts and labor.

I called another place and received estimate for around $800. I then called Meineke and was told $240 for front and $240 for the back including parts and labor. I thought they may have misquoted me since it was quite a bit lower...so I was going to take it to them tomorrow to get an estimate in person.

My question is, What type of shocks come with the factory 2008 rubicon? I figured I would just replace them with new ones of what is on there now.

I was wondering if I should request a specific type of shock? I don't really do off roading but I don't want whoever replaces them to put on some low end shocks. I want whatever comes with my rubicon originally or something better. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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You can find the stock Rubicon shock all over every Jeep forum in the for sale section. And you can do it yourself. Just unbolt the old ones and bolt the new ones on.

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Hey there,

I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with 73,400 miles. I was told by my body shop guy that I need to replace my shocks. He gave me the name of a place to go to. I received an estimate for $630.00 for all 4 including parts and labor.

I called another place and received estimate for around $800. I then called Meineke and was told $240 for front and $240 for the back including parts and labor. I thought they may have misquoted me since it was quite a bit lower...so I was going to take it to them tomorrow to get an estimate in person.

My question is, What type of shocks come with the factory 2008 rubicon? I figured I would just replace them with new ones of what is on there now.

I was wondering if I should request a specific type of shock? I don't really do off roading but I don't want whoever replaces them to put on some low end shocks. I want whatever comes with my rubicon originally or something better. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Hit Craigslist and search Rubicon shocks. You can usually find a brand new set that was taken off of a new Jeep that was lifted by the dealership. I paid $75 for a set with less than 500 miles on them.

Then, it's not a difficult job to install them yourself. If you absolutely cannot do any wrenching, I suspect a tire shop would throw them on for $100.
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Before you do anything go get some acetone and atf mix it together 50 50 and spray it on the bolts. Idc what anyone says this stuff is the best for rusted bolts.
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Btw dont try unscrewing the top bolts of the shock from the top screw. After a hour i finanly figured it out. I was so close to bringing the grinder out.
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I have a set of Rubicon shocks for sale in the classified section if you decide to go that route. Real easy to do yourself
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Real easy to install. And 800 dollars omg. Hope that quote was for some fox shocks at least. the install would take about 2 hours if you aren't mechanically inclined. If you can unscrew a nut from a bolt you can do this. I too have a set of rubicon shocks all 4 for 80 bucks. they have 2000 miles on them.
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Passenger side front shock can be a doozy if you don't have patience and slim fingers.
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If I were gonna spend more than the $100 on takeoff Rubicon shocks, I would recommend spending the $325 for four brand new Ranchos. If you go with the 9000xl series they are adjustable, so you can tinker with them to match your local roads, tire pressure, whatever to get the best ride possible.

As far as the passenger side front shock bolt goes, first thing to do is grab a dremel(if you like clean lines) or a pair of slip jaw pliers and cut or break off the lower right three squares(horizontally) of extra plastic that Jeep leaves on the bottom of the battery box. That will make it much easier to replace them.

And like stated above, it's really a two hour job max. Three bolts each on the rear, two each on the front.

Also if you want to soften up your ride since you don't wheel, Sahara takeoffs, such as mine, are said to be a little softer riding on pavement than the rubicon shocks.

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Don't pay $800!!!! So many great less expensive options! Watch a you tube video and get some takeoffs or the ranchos and turn the wrench yourself, I promise you will look back when the job is done and think " I am awesome for getting good shocks on my jeep for a great price"! And you will feel like a bad a$$ for doing it yourself and saving another $300
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Get the front top nuts up just far enough so you can cut the damn things off. Don't even think that they will unbolt. Just did my 07 and it was easy until those two F#*%ers.

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