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Unread 03-29-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
shawn_in_pdx
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Shocks

Do I need to take the tires off in order to replace the front and rear shocks in my 1996 JGC? Recommend a good brand of replacement shocks? I'm considering Bilstein brand.

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Unread 03-29-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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Front might be kind of tight to get them off, but do-able. I've replaced the rear w/o taking the tires off.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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i mean if you don't want to you could leave the wheels, on but its a hell of allot easier with them off.
and is your jeep stock?

also do you have a grand cherokee? or the regular cherokee? because a grand is a ZJ not an XJ
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Unread 03-30-2011, 05:22 AM   #4
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i was able to do all 4 of mine on my 98 GC stock height with it on the ground and nothing but the shocks were taken off, in about 2-3 hours. but i like to take my time, and the nut under the brake lines on the front drivers side needed a stubby wrench and was hard to get too, or it wouldve gone much faster.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 07:11 AM   #5
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I have not tried to do it without taking the wheels off but the back ones are much easier than the front ones. The way the front shocks mount at the top is very tight.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 07:38 AM   #6
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Thank you everyone! And yes..my Jeep Grand Cherokee is a ZJ...not an XJ.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 12:00 PM   #7
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Under your name it says XJ, in your post it says ZJ... that's where the question came from.

I've done all 4 on my 94 with wheels (and tires) on the Jeep. Takes longer doing the shocks alone, but if you count jacking and de-wheeling, it is definitley quite a bit quicker.

You'll be doing the lowers laying on the ground instead of sitting on the ground though with wheels on.

Tops of the front shocks are hard to get to, but that is the same wheels on or off.
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