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Old 01-12-2017, 08:34 PM
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Will jk shocks work on a stock tj?

A friend of mine is about to buy a set of used jk shocks for his stock tj. I told him that I know they will bolt up just fine but they are a lot taller than tj shocks. Would they have any travel left in them on a stock height tj?

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they will not bolt up just fine...the front mounting is quite different. they are also not the right length... it's largely a rubbish idea.

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How is it different? From what I've seen they look the same.
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The front jk shocks don't have bar pins in them. Also try are not longer. The rears jk have bar pins on bottom not on top, but are near 2" longer than stock. So you have to do some bar pin pulling and replacing, which tears up the bushings somewhat.

That said the red rubicon shocks are a pretty decent shock if you find ways to mitigate those lengths. They are monotube gas charged shocks which can be mounted in either direction (piston up or down). I mounted a set of four rears on my XJ with 4" lift and really like how they work. Had to use some shock adapters for the fronts since rears I used up front don't have the tall stems. Ran the rubicon this summer and they handled the overloaded XJ nicely. Very controlled and I spent very little $$ on them brand new. Also installed a set on my sister in laws TJ for the same trip, but ran Metalcloak extensions on the front shocks for more negative travel. Not an ideal setup, but they also worked very well on her tj on the same trip with almost no load in the Jeep.




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Just tell him to go buy the correct shocks for his Tj. Plenty to choose from online.
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They're too long for a stock TJ. (I run them on my Jeep)

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