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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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how to check junkyard shock

My shocks are wiped out. ZJ in the junkyard has rancho shocks on it. Thinking of pulling them just to get me by until I can afford new ones. The junkyard only charges 6 bucks per shock. Is there any way I can check them to see if they're decent? I know to make sure they're not leaking, but what can I do besides that?

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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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Take one off, and push the ends together, the stronger the rebound the better.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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if you can't tell if junkyard shocks are decent how do you know yours are shot???????????


the harder they are to push together the better they are............. you could always push down on the the front of a vehicle, however i'd not recommend that in a junk yard.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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if you can't tell if junkyard shocks are decent how do you know yours are shot???????????
as far as i know my shocks are original. theyre starting to leak a bit too.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #5
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I put new shocks on shortly after I got mine. When I got the old ones off I could compress them easily and they just stayed compressed lol. They were original.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:42 AM   #6
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the ranchos were bad. They all easily compressed and stayed that way lol. Guess I'll have to deal with my crappy ride for a bit longer haha
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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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Keep looking in the yards. I found an almost new set of monroes on a zj that oreillys wanted $$$ for. They were even made for top heavy suvs.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:53 PM   #8
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Go call your local 4x4 shop and ask them if they have any takeoffs. When someone buys a new jeep and they go get it lifted, if the customer didn't take the stock shocks, the shop may sell them to you on the cheap.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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The fact that they stayed compressed does not mean they were bad, only a high pressure monotube shock will rebound. That being said, if they compressed very easily then they probably were bad.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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The fact that they stayed compressed does not mean they were bad, only a high pressure monotube shock will rebound. That being said, if they compressed very easily then they probably were bad.
X2. staying compressed is not necessarily a sign of a bad shock.


IMO, shocks are not something i would get from a JY unless i knew for a fact the age/condition of them (I.E. knew the owner of the vehicle before it hit the yard.)
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