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Unread 09-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Shock blow out!

I realized yesterday that my back left shock was blown out again! This will be the 3rd shock on it in 2.5 years. Is it just the extra weight from the gas tank or crappy Jeep shocks??

If I was to upgrade, what would y'all recommend? Stock height currently.

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Unread 09-01-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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First what were you doing or have you been off road, really bad roads or what
Both OME and Bilstein make some really good aftermarket shocks that you can get in stock height lengths.
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Unread 09-01-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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I heard good things about OME shocks from Gageraid.
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Unread 09-01-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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I heard good things about OME shocks from Gageraid.
About a million times better than stock. Not sure if that's the exact calculation.
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Unread 09-01-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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About a million times better than stock. Not sure if that's the exact calculation.
Pretty much it

Something else you want to look at is how many miles you have on yours and also how much it has sagged from stock. It could be that the springs are getting weaker and causing issues with the shocks as well
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Unread 09-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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Don't forget Ironman shocks. They are also pretty top notch. However, if you live in the northern salty lands they tend to rust pretty quick
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Unread 09-01-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Pretty much it

Something else you want to look at is how many miles you have on yours and also how much it has sagged from stock. It could be that the springs are getting weaker and causing issues with the shocks as well
I see some pictures of some KKs on here and wonder how much they've sagged. I obviously don't have a 6 inch lift, but some KKs looks so low to me. Must be those side steps people have installed.

I didn't take pre-lift measurements, but at 4X,000 miles when I got it installed, I felt the sock suspension was pretty sagged, especially when I look at some old pictures. Feels much more proper now.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 12:57 AM   #8
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maybe this is why they blow...
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Unread 09-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #9
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maybe this is why they blow...
That's a stock KK shock?
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Unread 09-02-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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Yeah, that's what came off when I did the lift. Google search that part number at the bottom.

Cofap is a division of magneti marelli that's been supplying jeep parts since at least the Chrysler days.

http://www.magnetimarelli.com/company
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Unread 09-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies. First, I hardly ever go off-road and am quite gentle on it when I do. I went to 247/75/16s last year, but no lift. No rub either! But the county has really destroyed my local roads recently. Maybe that's it. I'm trying to trade my Libby for a pickup and I don't wanna put much into it before that. May just go with stock for now...
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Unread 09-13-2013, 08:02 PM   #12
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For what its worth, our dealership replaced both rear shock absorbers today under warranty due to the RR shock absorber leaking. The repair order listed the replacements as an "updated design". I'm impressed... Our KK rides very noticeably better.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #13
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From all the mentioning of blown shocks that I've been seeing, it's always the left rear. When I pulled the suspension apart on my KK my left rear was blown too(knew a rear was blown going into the lift though). There has to be something deeper as to why it's always left rear..
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Unread 09-13-2013, 10:46 PM   #14
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The left rear shock on my 2012 Arctic is leaking. I found it last month when I did the 16k mile service.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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My 2010 KK blew the rear driver's side shock when it was only 9 months old. I took it to the dealer and they replaced BOTH rear shocks so I don't know if these shocks were defective or it was a natural death. Deal said they always replace the shocks in pairs...never a single shock.

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