Shock issues - Solutions?
What's the ticket for long travel shocks on a YJ?
I have a few problems with the shocks on my rig. First off, there are none on the rear anymore because whoever welded the mounts on my 8.8 did a really hack job. This is an easy fix...just buy some beefcake brackets and have one of my welder friends help me clean up the axle and weld them on. The only flaw with this is that the stock mounts hang way below the axle. They're not any lower than the leaf pack, but they're still vulnerable down there.
Seems like YJ's run super short shocks in the rear...is there an aftermarket setup that's better, or a custom setup that's fairly easy to fab, like angling them in like on the rear of XJ's? I've seen the M.O.R.E. rear upper mounts that allow longer travel shocks...they seem pricey for what they are, but they're a pretty simple install and allow more shock, so I can deal with it. Is anyone running them? I also like the idea of going with the M.O.R.E. front shock hoop to get rid of the vertical stud mount and to allow longer shocks up there as well. Any comments on that?
I've got RC 1.25" boomerang shackles going on soon, which I'm hoping will help the springs move a bit more, so I want to upgrade the shocks and their mounts to match the springs in terms of performance and travel.
Not only do I want to go longer, I want to go with quality stuff. I'm looking at maybe Bilstein 5150's. I know they're a very popular shock on XJ's, and at ~$100 each, they're still reasonably priced. Any other suggestions?
I'm certainly open to a little fabbing if necessary. I've got access to welders and grinders and such, and while I'm not going to fab an entire suspension, I believe shock mounts and such would be doable if there's a considerably better setup out there that needs to be fabbed rather than bolted on.
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