'05 KJ, more advice please re shocks, struts, springs
Same here, '05 KJ Ltd, it will never see a hill but at 120K miles the second set of shocks/struts are gone. My usual shop, whose a fair guy, wants $1300 w/labor, ridiculous).
I see struts and springs sold separate - I am fine with KYB, know from my Corvette experience Monroe is often junk, but am not finding a KYB strut with spring included type part. If they don't sell one who does in the sub $200 each price range? I checked Rock Auto and O'Reilly. Or is that the wrong way to dothis, should I get the KYB strut and some other separate spring for it?? Sorry, ignorant of this type stuff, I know engines a lot better...
Should I replace those springs in the rear also, are they 'tired' by now? Is that much more labor or really just can be done as part of the rear shock replacement with maybe a little more effort? (I bought a compressor and air tools)
My front end squawks like crazy mornings over speed bumps, is that going to be fixed by this or is that bushings somewhere?
What else should I really do as part of this suspension project, for not much more parts cost and reasonable extra labor, again this is a street car but we're moving to Denver so it's going to see snow and mud this winter. Either for a better ride and/or longevity of the fix.
And a side comment, that whole gas tank/rear end collision - explosion issue, we have a heavy duty tow package on the car, it seems like that really gives me some protection back there. My wife drives it so this little threat does give me some pause. If I'm concerned, should I put a skid shield on the tank too?