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Old 11-26-2014, 08:35 AM
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Teraflex shock extensions with already installed TF level kit...

Hi Folks,

Can anyone advise the pros or cons to adding Teraflex's shock extensions to an already existing/installed Teraflex 2"/1" level kit? I'm still using the stock JKU springs (16/57 or 58 I think) and stock shocks with no near-future plans to upgrade either one for now. Overall goal is to make the ride a little less harsh for my passengers and mainly my 1 year old daughter/copilot. We'll probably go rock crawling when she's old enough to remember but for now my JKU is her limo/my DD.

My rationale is the springs are more compressed with the level kit and the additional weight of aftermarket items totaling 215 lbs up front and 90 lbs for the rear; [my thoughts are..] the shocks are helping with keeping the ride height where they should be or estimated as per TF's kit.

Please correct me if I'm not thinking this fully through...giving the shocks an extension (and compressing them at the same time with extensions) will give me a little more ride height (not the goal) and ride comfort (goal) by giving the shock more travel. Thoughts?

(...or should I say F' it...and get Bilsteins all around?)


TIA,

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The shocks do not have a significant effect on ride height. Yes, a pressurized shock will exert some force (due to the internal pressure trying to push the rod out), but they should not be considered to act like a spring.

The ride quality with the TF leveling kit should essentially be the same as stock. You will not gain ride height or ride comfort by adding shock extensions. Adding shock extensions will not give the shock more travel.

If you have added weight to your Jeep, the best thing to do to re-establish the original ride height (and ride comfort) is replace the springs with higher rate springs. You can usually pick up take-offs fairly cheap. If your poor ride comfort is being caused by shocks that are worn out, then they should be replaced.

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Fair enough....thanks for replying.
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