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Unread 01-16-2015, 10:33 PM   #1
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Recomending new shocks for heavy bumpers

Greetings,

Could any of you recommend new shocks to replace the 17 year old shocks on my stock height XJ and deal with the additional weight/stress of steel bumpers and a trailer?

Having lost my first XJ to a rear ending accident, coupled with the fact that I need to leave my Jeep parallel street parked while at one of my jobs, I decided that the first improvement I'd make to my current 1997 XJ is to replace the bumpers with heavy steel bumpers from Affordable Offroad.

I decided to go with their Front Bumper With Brush Guard and asked if they could install a receiver hitch instead of winch mount so that I can use my hitch-mounted winch in either the front or rear. Since this meant that they were making a somewhat custom bumper, I was given the option to have them use 3/16 rather then 1/8 steel and took this option.

While the bumpers look amazing, they're quite a bit heavier then the stock bumpers and I'm worried that this will overly compress my seventeen year old shocks, especially with the weight outside the Jeep's wheelbase.

At the moment, I do not wish to add any height/lift to the jeep.

With this in mind, what would be the best shocks to replace my existing shocks and deal with the added load, the stress of pulling a trailer, plus the additional load of any future goodies I might add (such as a steel roof rack and pioneering kit)...

Thank you in advance.

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Heavy duty springs would be better suited to offset the added weight of modifications.
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Unread 01-17-2015, 08:08 AM   #3
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Heavy duty springs would be better suited to offset the added weight of modifications.
@Chris,

Could you then recommend a set of heavy duty springs???

Again, I'm not looking for lift at this time...
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My recommendation would be to use V8 ZJ front coil springs. Stock XJs use them to gain 1-2 inches. With your heavier modifications they may give you a little lift (probably an inch), but they are really cheap from a junk yard and should ride nice with your modifications.
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Unread 01-17-2015, 03:38 PM   #5
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My recommendation would be to use V8 ZJ front coil springs. Stock XJs use them to gain 1-2 inches. With your heavier modifications they may give you a little lift (probably an inch), but they are really cheap from a junk yard and should ride nice with your modifications.
@Kevin

Thank you, I'd heard abut this modification, but had been told that it gave an XJ significant lift and needed to be done in addition to blocks, etc.

If it's only an inch or two without the extra weight then with the weight, I should get exactly what I'm looking for (namely a slightly stiffer ride and avoid "bogging" the suspension with excessive weight)...

PS; I tried to give your post a 'thumbs up' but the system doesn't appear to be letting me...
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Unread 01-17-2015, 03:45 PM   #6
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It did give me the thumbs up. Haha got an email about it and everything. Thank you. I have them on mine with 1.75 inch spacers and I have 3 inches of lift with almost no extra weight up front. They should put you right where you want to be. Most junk yards do not note a difference in the V8 and straight 6 springs so make sure you specify.
If your shocks are that old I would still recommend an upgrade. There are ride height adjustable ones for towing, but only you know if they are really needed.
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Unread 01-17-2015, 05:56 PM   #7
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Shocks will not keep the front or rear from squatting with heavy bumpers. I recommend the v8 coils and rear cherokee upcountry leaf pack to deal with the extra weight. Get any shock for a stock lift cherokee that you want to pay for.
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Unread 01-19-2015, 08:08 AM   #8
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Shocks will not keep the front or rear from squatting with heavy bumpers. I recommend the v8 coils and rear cherokee upcountry leaf pack to deal with the extra weight. Get any shock for a stock lift cherokee that you want to pay for.
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shocks have zero to-do with height of vehicle based on load; the only thing shocks do is meter the rate of travel which the suspension is providing (if you totally removed your shocks for example the height wouldn't change)

if adding the weight has put the height to low you need to add some height into the suspension (springs / shackle / blocks / etc)
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