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Unread 08-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Getting a new cherokee monday!

Ok, so im 95 percent sure that i will have my 95 xj sport on monday and i have a question. We are getting the jeep pretty cheap because it gives me a way to have a great project and eventual off road car. The main thing that we have to do is replace the shocks, basically two of them are going bad but my dad and i are just going to replace them all. So, my question is this, which shocks should i be looking into? I would love to have some that allow for a comfortable ride on pavement and will protect my jeep offroad. As you can tell i do not know a whole bunch about shocks individually so any help would be really appreciated!

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Unread 08-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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If you're looking to eventually modify and lift the Jeep, I'd go with the cheapest ones you can find at the auto store. It won't ride like a Benz, but you're saving your money for the $$$ Blisteins that will come with the lift.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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stay away from rough country shocks. i got a set for my 91 and now i feel EVERY bump, or squirrel, on the road. for a stock jeep i use the autozone shocks with lifetime warranty. they ride good and still allow you some protection for play. once you do the lift, if you plan to, i would get a good set, but as its been said go cheap for now and pay for a good set once you lift
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Unread 08-25-2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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Hmmmm...I never thought about going autozone lifetimes, good ideas and thanks for the replies, ok next Q, I would like to lift my jeep (if i do end up getting it, Lord willing) ehhh lets say 2 inches, which type of lift is a good balance between cost and safety? Also, should I lift first or get new tires first? I know it makes since usually to lift first so you can buy and fit bigger tires but, I know my parents will be more willing to buy bigger all terrains before they will want to buy a lift kit. Especially because I will first be fitting new shocks and fixing some cosmetic things, which will already cost a bit of money.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 08:04 PM   #5
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First, congratulations and I hope you enjoy it.
Second, get ready for rusty bolts. Specifically, as pertains to shocks, the upper bolts on the rear shocks are notorious for breaking because of rust. Search the forum for some tricks to fix.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 09:13 PM   #6
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Hmmmm...I never thought about going autozone lifetimes, good ideas and thanks for the replies, ok next Q, I would like to lift my jeep (if i do end up getting it, Lord willing) ehhh lets say 2 inches, which type of lift is a good balance between cost and safety? Also, should I lift first or get new tires first? I know it makes since usually to lift first so you can buy and fit bigger tires but, I know my parents will be more willing to buy bigger all terrains before they will want to buy a lift kit. Especially because I will first be fitting new shocks and fixing some cosmetic things, which will already cost a bit of money.
I had a 1.5 inch budget boost from Teraflex on my 96 cherokee which retains the stock ride. You can fit 30x9.5 tires with that. With no lift you can use 235/75r15 (29X9.25). The 235/75r15 looked ok on mine after lifted 1.5 inch.



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Unread 08-26-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Congrats on getting a Jeep!

I have three XJs: my main 1998, a 1999 Classic I just picked up, and a 1996 that will be getting a little more off-road attention once more money comes. The Classic was just a vehicle to pick up to recondition and sell.

The shock bolts in the back will break on you whether you want them to or not. Mine did. Everyone says how easy it is with a punch and a 2# sledge, or an air hammer with a punch end.

I couldn't get mine to budge, so I went with the longer bolts through the floor. It worked just fine, but I'm sure if I lift my 1998, I'll want to address the issue. This was a temporary fix until I can get a shop to fix the issue. I don't feel like screwing with it anymore after spending hours and hours trying to get the old bolts out. It's a huge PITA.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 08:42 PM   #8
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I wouldn't lose any sleep worrying about the upper rear shock bolts. It's a pretty easy fix when they break. Shock bolt replacement: a fix with pics (Heavy)
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Unread 08-27-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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Make sure to presoak all potential project bolts prior to the day of work. PB Blaster is your friend :-)
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Unread 08-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #10
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Post a pic of the new ride
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Unread 08-27-2013, 01:26 PM   #11
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Here it is on the first day out wheeling! Sure will be better when i get my new shocks and all terrains! Plus maybe a 2" lift!
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Unread 08-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #12
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Looks good, I like that color.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:06 PM   #13
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Congrats on the XJ

Far as shocks i agree on not going with the higher end stuff. Your probly just gonna replace them later anyways after a lift.

IMO shocks are shocks untill you get into the higher end of things, most all are made in the same place with the same componants. A napa shock is the same as a RC or any other mediocre supplier just with a different sticker on it. Lol
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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #14
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Ok sounds good! so how about a suspension lift? I know i can do 2" spacers for the coils in the front but what about the leafs in the rear? My axle is already under my leaves so i can't do that, what is the best thing to do that is the cheapest?
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Unread 08-27-2013, 11:24 PM   #15
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There is a million companys that sell lifts around 2" and all are pretty cheap.
Also a lot of different options for junk yard parts.

Research the hell out if it, there is numerous options to get 2" of lift for really cheap.
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