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Old 06-05-2015, 01:30 PM
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Shock questions for stock 87 YJ 4.2L

Hey all I had a few questions concerning shocks. This is a repair/change i have not done yet but am quite confident I would have no problems doing. Currently I have no clue how old the shocks are that are currently on the jeep. Also what is the best way to tell if either my shocks or springs or both are due for a replacement/upgrade? I wont be adding any lift to it at this point but may at a much later date. Also what recommendations can any of you make for shocks that will be effective but not breaking that bank at the same time for mostly on road, highway and minor off road. I ask all of this because I am going to slowly work on replacing shocks, leaf springs, and steering components. Thank for you time guys.

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Just goto NAPA,.... buy the cheapest since you will eventually be lifting.

But honestly when I needed new springs, the old ones were a reverse camber, and shocks I found the cheapest route was a 2" Rubicon Express Lift. I would just doit all at once.

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ok this is probably stupid but what is a reverse chamber. so basically just get some cheap shock replacements for now and do shocks and leafs when i do go with a lift.
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ok this is probably stupid but what is a reverse chamber. so basically just get some cheap shock replacements for now and do shocks and leafs when i do go with a lift.
camber.... when the leaf springs sag past straight into a "reverse camber". On my YJ the 2" lift lifted the Jeep more than 4".
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Ah my mistake I didn't even notice it was camber. With a 2 inch lift will I have to do anything with brake lines and what not?
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What is your opinion on how they are sitting at the moment?
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Ah my mistake I didn't even notice it was camber. With a 2 inch lift will I have to do anything with brake lines and what not?
no. the Rubicon Express kit I installed included a 1" drop for the transfer case, springs, shocks & quick disconnects for the front sway bar. The kit was all inclusive and simple to install with basic tools.

The only complication was in the transmission tunnel covers. The 1" drop swing the levers back a bit... less than an inch. But with 2 covers just forcing everything back solved the problem.
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What is your opinion on how they are sitting at the moment?
Thats flat... probably an inch or so below stock. With a 2" lift expect 3"-4" of lift from where you are now. And everything will be better. Ride, handling, it all improves once you get rid of the flat, collapsed leaf springs.

And 2" above stock is real subtle but the attitude is worth every penny. When I put mine up for sale there were 5 YJs near me for sale. All priced similar. Mine sold first even with the most rust.
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You guys have any thoughts on how these current leafs are looking?
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Sorry for the repost was cooking at the same time lol
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Has anyone heard of General Spring | Leaf Springs, U Bolts, Suspension Parts and More! and know anything about their quality?
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Thats flat... probably an inch or so below stock. With a 2" lift expect 3"-4" of lift from where you are now. And everything will be better. Ride, handling, it all improves once you get rid of the flat, collapsed leaf springs.

And 2" above stock is real subtle but the attitude is worth every penny. When I put mine up for sale there were 5 YJs near me for sale. All priced similar. Mine sold first even with the most rust.
Wait, so can you get "lift" (back to original height) from just replacing the shocks, if your leaf springs look like this(should they not look like this?)? Or would you need to get the leaf springs and everything to get the "lift"? Could you get any more lift than factory just by using shocks and nothing else?
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shocks do not lift... they control bounce and more important... rebound.
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That's what I thought, just wanted to make sure
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Hey all revisiting this with a link. I would like some opinions on this 1.5inch lift setup. I wanted to know if anyone has experience with this one specifically and if it is any good or worth the money. I'm not looking for a huge lift. I am more looking to replace the suspension and get a little lift. Superlift Jeep Wrangler YJ 1.5" lift kit 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

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