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I'm confused (as usual =p)

I've read that it's ok to have stock but some say not.

What's the verdict?
Thx in advance





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I'd say it depends on how you use your jeep. If you're mostly doing mall crawling then stay with the stock shocks. If you're going to do hardcore offroading a lot then replace them. And if you're just on light trails then I'd keep it stock and maybe invest in some quick discos
 

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Thx for reply. Yes light trails, nothing crazy. Just want to stay cheap as possible =p

Just side question, what's a good way to check if stock shocks are still good or not?
 

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prolly because alot of post say you can put a 2" BB on and stay stock with everything eles . besides the re-alinement.
And they are new to the board.
but thats just a guess on my part.

But that is a valid point . which leads me to this question. do the Tara-flex BB's come with new longer bump stops?
 

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prolly because alot of post say you can put a 2" BB on and stay stock with everything eles . besides the re-alinement.
And they are new to the board.
but thats just a guess on my part.

But that is a valid point . which leads me to this question. do the Tara-flex BB's come with new longer bump stops?
the Teraflex BB comes with bumpstop extensions, not longer bumpstops, which is exactly the way it should be.
 

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One of the reasons it's called a BB (Budget Boost) is because "you can" lift your Jeep for about $100 and retain most of your stock ride using the stock oem shocks.

I personally believe that to get a better than OEM ride shock, ya need to spend about $350+ on shocks (OME, Bilstiens, etc)...but maybe some feel that $30/ea back jarring shocks are better than stock...not me.
 

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Dextreme said:
One of the reasons it's called a BB (Budget Boost) is because "you can" lift your Jeep for about $100 and retain most of your stock ride using the stock oem shocks.

I personally believe that to get a better than OEM ride shock, ya need to spend about $350+ on shocks (OME, Bilstiens, etc)...but maybe some feel that $30/ea back jarring shocks are better than stock...not me.
I'm in this same situation. So you are saying get the BB lift (spacer lift, no coils) and change the oem shocks. My question is now, are new coils required for a better DD ride or more for less sagging with extra weight(bumpers, winch, etc)? Recommended dealers for these items.
 

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i need to know this aswell. i am looking at one that i beleave has this issue.
it will be a DD so i want a nice ride . i dont need a bone jarring one.
Thanks in advance.

PS. i looked at the Quadratec site. at OME shocks for example.
if your a newbie how would you know?
i think a lift is on it how do i know if it is a 1 ,1.5, 2 or 2.5 inch lift.
i mean is there a standerd measurment from the ground? i looked at some already and can
tell some have a BB on them. but how do you know exactly so you get the right shock?
i guess you could just measuer the BB spacer. unless they put springs on it then how would you know . pull the shock of an measure it??
 

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The best route to go is to replace the shocks with something that is of pretty good quality. It will make a significantly noticeable difference. The problem with running stock shocks is that they will fit at static height but they will bottom out when the suspension flexes. Bottoming out shocks not only limits suspension travel, it also destroys the shock. As far as spacers, a lot of people will run a .75" spacer up front to level things out after the addition of a new bumper and or winch.
 

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The best route to go is to replace the shocks with something that is of pretty good quality. It will make a significantly noticeable difference. The problem with running stock shocks is that they will fit at static height but they will bottom out when the suspension flexes. Bottoming out shocks not only limits suspension travel, it also destroys the shock. As far as spacers, a lot of people will run a .75" spacer up front to level things out after the addition of a new bumper and or winch.
Stock shocks wouldnt bottom out when lifted with a budget boost. You'd have more of an issue with over extension and travel.
 

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Stock shocks wouldnt bottom out when lifted with a budget boost. You'd have more of an issue with over extension and travel.
I call both ways bottoming out, sorry for the confusion.
 

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The best route to go is to replace the shocks with something that is of pretty good quality. It will make a significantly noticeable difference. The problem with running stock shocks is that they will fit at static height but they will bottom out when the suspension flexes. Bottoming out shocks not only limits suspension travel, it also destroys the shock. As far as spacers, a lot of people will run a .75" spacer up front to level things out after the addition of a new bumper and or winch.
Stock shocks wouldnt bottom out when lifted with a budget boost. You'd have more of an issue with over extension and travel.
you're both saying basically the same thing.

with stock shocks on a BB, the shocks won't bottom out because the coils will bind first, if you don't have bumpstop extensions. to prevent damaging the coils, you install bumpstop extensions...and when using the stock shocks, this means you now have less suspension travel than a stock TJ. and then the question is....what's the point of that?
 

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I have been running on the stock shocks/disco front sawybar on trails for about a month now with 2" spacers until the money comes in for some quality remote resevour style shocks. havnt really noticed any issues, then again i wouldnt care since they will be replaced soon anyways lol

Although now that i think obout it it might be becasue my stock coils with 160,000 miles on them are probly sagging making the BB more like 1.75" lol
 

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you're both saying basically the same thing.

with stock shocks on a BB, the shocks won't bottom out because the coils will bind first, if you don't have bumpstop extensions. to prevent damaging the coils, you install bumpstop extensions...and when using the stock shocks, this means you now have less suspension travel than a stock TJ. and then the question is....what's the point of that?
Exactly.... i will have to see what this jeep i am looking at has exactly.
then go from there. i will be happy with some 31 X 10.50 which it has ,that dont rub or look too close to the fender wells ,
which they dont .
and i was told i could accomplish this with a BB.
BUT i do want a smooth ride, for a jeep .
now it looks like i am seeing just because it will work does not make it the best way to go. for the most comfortable ride / suspension dynamics.

see this is why i come here , to learn.
i will have to check it out up close and see whats what. then i can talk JEEP.

thanks yall.
sorry to hyjack your post OP.
 

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now it looks like i am seeing just because it will work does not make it the best way to go. for the most comfortable ride / suspension dynamics.
the wide difference in response is because the definition of what "works" is very different for different people, usually based on their experience and knowledge.

just because X, Y and Z will bolt together does not mean it's working.
 

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Dextreme said:
One of the reasons it's called a BB (Budget Boost) is because "you can" lift your Jeep for about $100 and retain most of your stock ride using the stock oem shocks.

I personally believe that to get a better than OEM ride shock, ya need to spend about $350+ on shocks (OME, Bilstiens, etc)...but maybe some feel that $30/ea back jarring shocks are better than stock...not me.
What kind of shock would you recommend for a 2" BB??
 

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UnlimitedLJ04 you have a PM.

also what color is stock shocks.
i will be looking at one this week .
from the pics it looks like it has a small lift
i can tell if it has a BB but unsure of the shocks. if it does have stock shocks i would like to get him down a bit on the asking price.
right now we are at 13,000 its a
05 TJ Willys with 55,000 mi. 31's with aftermarket wheels.
new exhaust ( one of the cats was bad he had it all replaced) front barkes and rotors
which seems like a fair price.
 

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If you raise your suspension by 2", why would you think you don't need longer shocks/bumpstops?
Clearly his initial post answers your question.....

I'm confused (as usual =p)

I've read that it's ok to have stock but some say not.

What's the verdict?
I know very little about it but my jeep has a 2" spacer lift (I think its 2") and did have rear shocks that were squeaking. Turned out the bushings were completely worn away and that is what was squeaking. I confirmed that before having them replaced by spraying them with WD40. They would get quite for a while before the squeak returned. There was also a light metal on metal bang sound on sharp bumps which went away after the shocks were replaced. The shop said those shocks were too short for the lift and that was the reason the bushings were worn out. The jeep only had 50k miles when I bought it and those were not OEM shocks but yet still worn down. Sounds logical to me that the incorrect length was the reason.

But I'm far from an expert.
 
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