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post #1 of 5 Old 05-03-2007, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Just ordered lift..a few questions

I just ordered my BDS 2 inch springs yesterday, and I was wondering a couple of things.

1. Do I need to put on new shackles at the same time or can I run stockers until I get my more's ordered.
2. Do I have to get new shocks right away, or could I run what is on there in the stock configuration for a while? If I do how big of a pain is it to change them later, Can I just change them pretty easy, or should I do it while I have it all apart?
3. What shocks should I get? I know OME's are some of the best but is there a good $30-40 shock out there for all purpose? Do any of the chain stores carry good shocks?
4. and last, what size shock do I need for this setup? Will that size be affected by a body lift.

Thanks alot for any info.

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-03-2007, 05:53 PM
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1. You may be able to use the stockers but you may get some contact during flex.
2. Stockers may not be long enough. You'll know the minute you get the new springs on. With the axle hanging at full extension your shocks should be long enough to bolt onto the axle. If you halfta jack up the axle to get the shocks on you'll need new.
3. I have the BDS hydralics. They work pretty good. Again you may need longer shocks. Don't forget to take into consideration longer shackles if you get new ones. You may end up needing shocks for 3"s of lift.
4 Body lifts have no affect on shock length. The shocks go from frame to axle , not body to axle..

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-03-2007, 06:12 PM
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to measure for the length of shocks you will probably need, put on your springs, then try and find a really close place (your yard or a yield or woods or something) and try and flex out your jeep as much as possible on the front and rear, doesn't have to be at the same time, then measure one side and that will be your min shock length and then measure the other side and that will be your max length. That will tell you what size shocks you need.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-03-2007, 06:53 PM
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Good choice with the BDS setup, they rock!


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post #5 of 5 Old 05-03-2007, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks that really helps.
When measuring for shocks where do I measure to/from?
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