sounds like your springs are then virtually stock height (no real lift) and you went up... say .5" with the 1" over shackle. simple: 76 - 86 cj shocks! std height. I don't think that .5 " is going to create any real issue.
non gas and gas filled shocks:
pro comp 1000 shocks will feel like a stabilizer out of the box (not gas charged) you can compress them or lengthen them with your hands and they stay. The rest of their lineup should be charged and be fully extended out of the box.
the parts store monroe will also be fully extended as well.
1978 cj5... it's next life
4" lift w/custom 3/8" shackled/shimmed, pro comp shocks, xfer case drop, rancho stabilizer, drop pitman, warn hubs, 2" spacers.
everything else either new or refurbished... by me.