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Old 10-01-2014, 03:42 AM
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Spring / Shock Question

On the JKU, is the weight of the vehicle supported by the springs while the shock smooths out the movement of said springs?

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Bump... teach a man to fish please!

Reason I ask is because I completed the 2.5" Teraflex rear lift of my JKU last night sans the shocks. I didn't find out I was shipped the wrong shock part number(I verified I ordered the correct size at that point) til I went to install them and they were the same length as stock. #buzzkill I ordered the correct ones again but from Amazon this time and they should be here tomorrow. Until then, I'd like to know if the shocks bear any load or if the springs take it all and I can take the back end off the jack stands safely in my garage and move on to working on the front?

This is a Jeep 101 question but that's where I'm at with this.

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You're fine. Short shocks limit down travel. On road nothing should change.
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to answer your question, yes, springs carry the weight, shocks dampen bumps.
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to answer your question, yes, springs carry the weight, shocks dampen bumps.
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You got it right. The coil springs support the weight of the JK and compress to soften bumps and shocks and the shocks reduce the oscillating of the bump to one single full cycle. Without shocks the JK would roll down the road like a slinky.

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