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Unread 09-09-2010, 06:14 AM   #1
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shocks gone at 50k?

When did you all replace shocks?? Dealer is telling me my 04 needs them at 51k. Im a little suspicious. Thx

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Unread 09-09-2010, 07:45 AM   #2
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I had a '99 that needed them at 20K. All 4 were leaking/not working. However that year was the first for the WJ and IMHO that car was a piece of ....... So glad I leased it, happiest day was when I turned it it. Love my '03 Overlander. Replaced my '03 at about 60K and just replaced them again at 110K. If you are handy get a set of Bilsteins. I bought them for $240 bucks on ebay and put them on myself. Much better ride and better than paying the stealership $400++
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Unread 09-09-2010, 07:47 AM   #3
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51k could be 150k depends on your driving conditions. Probably ready for them.....after all they are about 7 years old. Is it bouncy or bottoming out or choppy tire wear or sitting un-level?...If not move on and drive it.
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Unread 09-11-2010, 06:39 AM   #4
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The service writer at your dealership is a commisioned salesperson. Always be skeptical. If the suspension feels tight, not bouncy and they're not visually leaking, you're fine.
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Unread 09-11-2010, 10:28 AM   #5
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It is definitely bouncy and handles like ***, but, I just figured that's how jeeps are. lol. $210/axle set (installed) a decent price?
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Unread 09-11-2010, 11:08 AM   #6
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If you have 15mph speed tables (wide speed bumps) in your town, they are a good test for shocks. Hit them at 30mph, you should come over smoothly without sharp impact feel, bottoming, or bouncing after.

Mine have Chrysler emblems and are pretty rusty in spots. I doubt they are original, they still ride fine at 85k mi. (Just got the WJ last month).

Shock replacement is about as generic and as simple DIY as an oil change, talk to people about local garages or look for specials at the Chain auto part stores that install if you can't do it yourself. The dealers are usually a bit pricey, but shop around.

Check the prices of just buying the parts, you'll be shocked at how much you can save doing it yourself!
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