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Unread 04-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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2" lift, new shocks?

Hey guys. I have a 97 ZJ, and it is all stock underneath. I am thinking of adding spacers to do a 2" suspension lift. My main concern is, do I need to get new shocks? Or will the stock ones do?

95% of my driving is going to be on the roads. The other 5% is on dirt backroads, minor trails. No rock climbing or serious off road.

Can I get away with just the lift? Thanks in advance for your input.





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Unread 04-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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If its not flexing it too much you may be able to get away with it. But yes you should get new, longer shocks.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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If its not flexing it too much you may be able to get away with it. But yes you should get new, longer shocks.
I get away with it. If your 95% street youll be fine.
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You can, I'm guessing it'll ride like crap.

Ooorrr you can spend an extra $100 and make it ride like lesser crap.

Nice Jeep btw, like your rim/tire set up
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Unread 04-02-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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i did with mine because i realized that the shocks were pretty beat since they had 175,000 and would make the ride better
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Nice Jeep btw, like your rim/tire set up
Thanks. I appreciate it.

Is there any particular kind or specific length I should look for? Or just ask the guys at my local 4wheel Parts? I'm trying to keep the cost down as far as possible.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 12:36 AM   #7
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What are the stock shock lengths? And how much longer should I go?
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Unread 04-04-2013, 06:34 AM   #8
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I believe mine are 24" extended.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 07:55 AM   #9
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I'm running stock shocks in the rear and old rancho's in the front (1" longer than stockers). Rides about the same as before lift, a bit more body roll though, but swaybar bushings need to be replaced. Took offroad and didn't have any issues, but ran with swaybars hooked up.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 12:03 PM   #10
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I believe mine are 24" extended.
Are those stock, or aftermarket?
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Get a kit that comes with shocks. Rubicon Express has a decent kit at a decent price. It rides well and wheels well. If your shocks have 60k plus miles on them, you'll want to replace them soon even if you don't plan on lifting it. I don't think people realize shocks aren't made to last the life of the vehicle. They are a regular wear item and should be replaced as such.
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Polka wouldn't know stock if he stepped in it and got it on his shoe.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 02:20 PM   #13
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Are those stock, or aftermarket?
Bilsteins with a 2" BB.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 06:50 PM   #14
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I just wanted to say nice jeep! Exactly what i wanna do to mine and its the same color.
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