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ashland82391 04-09-2012 01:03 AM

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This thread will tell you what trucks you can take shocks from and put on the YJ for a 4inch lift. This is a great way to stay on budget and have shocks that are the right length for your lift.

I started looking around jeep forum last week trying to find this very thread but couldnt so I did all the reserch and figured Id post it on here. The reason I went with truck shocks is because I had bought stock yj shocks from autozone a couple of months eailer and then I decided I wanted to do and lift and I didnt want to weast the money I had just spent on my shocks. Autozone agreed to swap them out, so I went and did the reaserch and figure out what shocks i needed then I swapped them.

For those who cant just swap your old shocks out this is still the cheaper way to go with out sacrificing shock performance ALL 4 SHOCKS COST ABOUT 85$ all together.

Here's the info and a few pictures.

Based on this web site http://www.monroe.com/assets/downloa...engthSheet.pdf
I have found that 1997 ford f150 rear shocks for the front on the yj are just about perfect and mounting is almost exactly the same, but ill be using Gabiral shocks so the lengths very a little from the monroes. I especially like the fact that the f150 shock has 12.03 inches of travel!

YJ stock specs: Compressed 14.5 in
Extended 24.375 in
Travel 9.8 in

(Gabriel Pro Guard Shocks)
97 F150 specs: Compressed 16.3 in
Extended 28.3 in
Travel 12.03 in

Part number #61612

Here is what I found for the rear. 1974 ford F250 shocks will mount up perfectly and have the exact lengths I want as well.

YJ stock specs: Compressed 11.8 in
Extended 18.3 in
Travel 6.5 in

(Gabriel Guardian Shocks)
74 F250 specs: Compressed 13.8 in
Extended 23.2 in
Travel 9.3 in

Part number #82147

I received the shocks the next day and they mounted up perfectly just like the web site's measurements said. Ive been driving them around for a couple days and I have absolutely no complaints. This beats the heck out of spending 200$ on aftermarket shocks. I highly recommend this if your on a tight budget like me. Thanks for reading.

First picture is compressed and extended front shocks and second picture is the rear shocks.

Joe Dillard 04-09-2012 01:33 AM

I know what goes into building a quality shock absorber.

Those shocks are on par for the price.

ashland82391 04-09-2012 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Joe Dillard (Post 13380859)
I know what goes into building a quality shock absorber.

Those shocks are on par for the price.

Well, you gotta work with what you can afford.

Joe Dillard 04-09-2012 02:05 AM

Yep, I've been doing that for years & years. :)

I was raised by white trash in the '60's in Los Angeles, CA and know all too well what its like to be on a budget. :laugh:

Louie4 04-09-2012 04:37 AM

I did the same thing and I knew what I was getting for the price. The shocks ride fine on the road for me but sometimes I feel they are too soft on the trail. I'm thinking we just put those shocks you mentioned on my Buddies CJ-7. He put Ford F250 shock towers on because his other ones just didn't have the travel. His is a trail rig and on the last ride he broke all but one shock mount so this was a big improvement.

If I can find a decent set of used Bilstein's I'll try to get them in the future though. Right now I need a new steering linkage.

ashland82391 04-09-2012 07:04 AM

Yeah right now i just have them under my jeep with my 2in booms but this friday im starting my s10 bastard pack lift and hopefully I end up with about 4in total lift including the booms.

booboowv77 04-15-2012 08:03 PM

Great info! The only problem I see is when you flex it being all the shocks have 2 inch less compressed length it would limit your up travel when on uneven ground. Might not be that big of deal but just a thought. Do you have any pics of it flexing to see how it sucks up the down tire?

94chb 04-15-2012 09:10 PM

your doing a bastard pack on a sua setup.... ?????? and expect 4in lift??

4x4JB 04-15-2012 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ashland82391 (Post 13381288)
Yeah right now i just have them under my jeep with my 2in booms but this friday im starting my s10 bastard pack lift and hopefully I end up with about 4in total lift including the booms.

With 2" boom shackles. 4" total including shackle. Sounds right to me with sua. If he was SOA it would be crazy. 5.5 stock then add 2 for the booms and 2 for the bastard.... That's 9.5" lift if he was SOA. So not needed haha.

dspar00a 04-15-2012 10:53 PM

Have any pictures with them mounted??

ashland82391 04-15-2012 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by 94chb (Post 13416554)
your doing a bastard pack on a sua setup.... ?????? and expect 4in lift??

no one ever said anything about a soa

ashland82391 04-15-2012 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by dspar00a (Post 13417074)
Have any pictures with them mounted??

the pictures above are of them mounted. i just finished the bastered pack so ill post more pictures up.

94chb 04-16-2012 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by 94chb (Post 13416554)
your doing a bastard pack on a sua setup.... ?????? and expect 4in lift??

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Originally Posted by ashland82391 (Post 13417240)
no one ever said anything about a soa

Neither did i :rtft: :laugh:


i did a bastard pack for a buddy and all it did was not allow the springs to sag like they were it was back to stock height.

ashland82391 04-16-2012 05:06 AM

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Originally Posted by 94chb (Post 13417283)
Neither did i :rtft: :laugh:


i did a bastard pack for a buddy and all it did was not allow the springs to sag like they were it was back to stock height.

oh ok I got a little mixed up there, but yes now that the basterd pack is done im netting about 4 inches plus some in the back.

ashland82391 04-17-2012 02:35 PM

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Have any pictures with them mounted??

here you go


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