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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Should I Replace My Shocks?

Hi,

My 1994 Wrangler had 90,000 miles on it when I bought it. It now has 150,000 miles.

The shocks are baby blue color with the same color boots and they say "made in germany" which leads me to believe that they might be Bilsteins?

The shocks do not leak, but I have no idea how long they were on the Jeep before I bought it. I replaced the shocks in my 1994 F250 4x4 and it made a tremendous difference.

The question that I have is could these possibly be Bilsteins, and with the amount of miles on them, would I possibly benefit with a better ride by replacing them due to the miles of wear?

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 10-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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do the old bounce back test. also in a yj, the first and best way to get a better smoother ride is to toss the trackbars (not kidding)
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Unread 10-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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How would you describe the ride now? Bouncy? Like a boat?
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Unread 10-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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do the old bounce back test. also in a yj, the first and best way to get a better smoother ride is to toss the trackbars (not kidding)
It doesn't bounce as if there were no shocks at all.

I'm not sure what you mean by "tossing the trackbars". What are they and what are they for, and how do I remove them?

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How would you describe the ride now? Bouncy? Like a boat?
It seems as if the ride has gotten more rough, as if I'm feeling more of the bumps. It might be all in my head, but it feels like going over manhole covers and road chuckholes are rougher these days.....
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It seems as if the ride has gotten more rough, as if I'm feeling more of the bumps. It might be all in my head, but it feels like going over manhole covers and road chuckholes are rougher these days.....
The bounce test:

Push down hard on the front and rear. It should go down and back up, that's it. If it goes down, up, and keeps moving at all (as if it is floating) you need new shocks.

As for track bars, he literally means remove them. It will result in a much better ride with no ill effects, only positive.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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It seems as if the ride has gotten more rough, as if I'm feeling more of the bumps. It might be all in my head, but it feels like going over manhole covers and road chuckholes are rougher these days.....
What condition are your spring eye bushings in?
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there is one on front and back, they are not needed on leaf spring vehicles.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 11:17 AM   #9
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^^^^ I think that diagram gives the trackbar a little too much credit in terms of the range of motion it allows lol. The diagram would be better if it showed the damage to traval that happens when that passenger side attempts to articulate up!

Cool diagram though.
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eh it was just a quick google search image to show him roughly what the tracbar is and does(or fails to do)
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