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Unread 06-03-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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4.5" Lift Bilstein shock length

Got a quick question for you suspension gurus. I'm looking at putting the RE 4.5" SuperFlex kit onto my XJ and I'll be building them around Bilstein 5100s.

The only sizes I've seen are for 4" and 5" of lift. So my question is it better to get the 1//2" shorter to serve as a pseudo limiting strap or go a 1/2" longer to have some breathing room in terms of travel?

I don't do huge rock crawling or trails that call for ridiculous amounts of flex.

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Unread 06-03-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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Depends on compressed and extended lengths I guess. Using them as limitation of down travel seems to be less damaging than the stop for uptravel.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 07:01 AM   #3
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Go for the longer shock and use correct bumpstops to limit uptravel - you may not think you need the flex now, but you will like the droop for travel whether you do rocks or run across the desert.

If you're putting a set of 33-35" tires to suit the lift, you'll run out of fender clearance before you bottom out the shocks unless you trim super aggressively.
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Get your suspension on the Cherokee and put it at full bump (make sure there are no clearance issues). Then measure compressed lengths, flex and measure the extended lengths, order shocks.

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Unread 06-04-2012, 04:18 AM   #5
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I'm shooting for 32's or 33's (regearing kind of makes my shy away from 33s) since the GT Kevlars are similarly priced in that ballpark. Eventually I'll move up to flat flares so I'm leaning towards 33's to fill out the wheel wells. Thanks for the tips guys.
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