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Unread 04-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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Shocks?.

I am piecing together a lift for my jeep so far i have these
Procomp 2.5 inch leafs
A pitman arm off a Cherokee
Longer brake lines

I am thinking about getting a set of bilsteins 5100 shocks and the thing is it says they are for a 3-5 inch lift... Can i still use them with the 2.5 inch lift? And i will have bassically 3.5 inch lift because of the boomerang shackles?

Do i need a transfer case drop with only a 3.5 lift?

Can i stuff 33x12.50 baja claws with a 3.5 lift?

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Unread 04-28-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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I will answer the same to each question.

Probably but all YJ's are different.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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I'm running 33x12.5 BFG ATs on an old 3" skyjacker lift with plenty of room. I also have a 1" transfer case drop but really need a sye n new driveshaft.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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I recommend PMing kolak on this board. He'll help with measuring then quote you a price that will make you wonder why you've waited so long.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #5
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Ya i dont rock crawl or anything so i dont need to be able to stuff the tires into the fenders... I jus want to be able to fit my 33s and be able to keep the stock driveshaft because this is my beater..
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Unread 04-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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Ya i dont rock crawl or anything so i dont need to be able to stuff the tires into the fenders... I jus want to be able to fit my 33s and be able to keep the stock driveshaft because this is my beater..
Not a Lotta rocks out on the island huh?

I doubt you'll even need the transfer case drop, the drop is to reduce driveline vibrations and usually those don't happen until highway speeds and if your Jeep doesn't leave the Island that's probably no big deal. Bilstein 5100s are nice but they're kinda pricey; you can get 4 shocks for the price of 1 if you go with one of the "White Shocks" I run BDS on my 2 5/8" lifted YJ and they're good enough.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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Well even if their was rocks on the island... Its not my thing. And no my jeep will NEVER leave nantucket with me driving it. And i was thinking just getting a rc lift it is cheap and idc for a ride i would love to put together a good lift for it but i just rode in a jeep with a rc lift and it doesnt ride any better than my does stock.. I am still having carb problems... No ported vacuum?? Anybody have this problem?
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Unread 04-29-2013, 04:55 PM   #8
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Check this post out. I am running these with a bastard pack (2.5 inches) and 3/4 inch booms. Working out great so far.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/y...-lift-1354276/
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Unread 04-29-2013, 06:09 PM   #9
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Do a search on measuring for shocks. Do your shock purchase the right way. Then you will have no regrets.
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Not a Lotta rocks out on the island huh?

I doubt you'll even need the transfer case drop, the drop is to reduce driveline vibrations and usually those don't happen until highway speeds and if your Jeep doesn't leave the Island that's probably no big deal. Bilstein 5100s are nice but they're kinda pricey; you can get 4 shocks for the price of 1 if you go with one of the "White Shocks" I run BDS on my 2 5/8" lifted YJ and they're good enough.
I have to disagree. This is not true from my experience. My white shocks from my lift were sub par and then Kolak quoted me an absurdly low Bilstein price. I've owned both and I only regret one of them.
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I have to disagree. This is not true from my experience. My white shocks from my lift were sub par and then Kolak quoted me an absurdly low Bilstein price. I've owned both and I only regret one of them.
+1 for Kolak. Got my bilsteins from him at an awesome price. They ride amazing. No regrets. My springs are pretty much broken in now and I can honestly say my yj rides better on my current set up than my tj did stock. Its all like butter now....well for a short wheel base, solid asked jeep

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Unread 05-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #12
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You can fix the short wheel base part. It helps out too.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 05:50 PM   #13
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You can fix the short wheel base part. It helps out too.
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I am going to give her a 1" stretch in the rear when I get the 8.8 in. That's about it for now though.

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Unread 05-03-2013, 03:34 PM   #14
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I have to disagree. This is not true from my experience. My white shocks from my lift were sub par and then Kolak quoted me an absurdly low Bilstein price. I've owned both and I only regret one of them.
Well Rusty's and Superlift shocks I've seen for as little as $33/ea. I'm not saying they're as good as Bilsteins, I've had the Yellows (HD?) and the 5100s and they're sweet shocks, but honestly if the OP is going to pair the shocks with Rough Country it's a waste of money. I had top of the line Rancho 9000xl shocks on my CJ5 and with crappy springs they didn't help anything (Couldn't tell the difference between those on 1 and Black Diamond shocks).

Also I'm not sure if you're familiar with Nantucket but it's a TINY island (Like 10miles across and 1 mile wide) and if I lived there and had a Jeep that never left the island I'd just go with the cheapest stuff I Could get my hands on.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #15
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Well Rusty's and Superlift shocks I've seen for as little as $33/ea. I'm not saying they're as good as Bilsteins, I've had the Yellows (HD?) and the 5100s and they're sweet shocks, but honestly if the OP is going to pair the shocks with Rough Country it's a waste of money. I had top of the line Rancho 9000xl shocks on my CJ5 and with crappy springs they didn't help anything (Couldn't tell the difference between those on 1 and Black Diamond shocks).

Also I'm not sure if you're familiar with Nantucket but it's a TINY island (Like 10miles across and 1 mile wide) and if I lived there and had a Jeep that never left the island I'd just go with the cheapest stuff I Could get my hands on.
Yeah you're splitting hairs. His Bilstein quote might not be that different than your cheap shock price.(mine wasn't).

You're deadset on telling this guy to buy cheap shocks. I'm just saying he should get the free quote on cheap, good shocks.

We'll just have to agree to disagree.
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