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Unread 02-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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not enough suspension travel???

Hey guys just wondering if any of you had this problem or if theres a kit out there that would take care of this. I have a 1981 cj7 with a 4" lift, most of the places i wheel are rockey so flex is a must. It just seems that i should be able to get a lot more flex then I'm getting now. When it is flexed all the way the shocks seem to be restricting it from going further both up and down. I double checked the shocks and they seem to be the correct ones. Any thoughts or ideas?

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Unread 02-16-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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If you think the shocks are hindering your travel, take em off and the go flex it out, measure the compressed side and extended side both front and back, then that gives you a basis on the true length you need, most lifts out there give you to short of a shock, could also be bump stops, do you have bump stops? I don't run bump stops and mine flex's great, course it's soa but I plan on atleast putting in limit straps
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Unread 02-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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If you have a swaybar, disconnect it/get some quick disconnects.
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Unread 02-16-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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No i am not running and bump stops or a sway bar. I will defintally try disconnecting the front shocks. How do i know if it is flexed as far as it will go? When one of the rear tires lifts off the ground?
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Unread 02-16-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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Other than that 4.5" Rough Country lift limiting travel, Then the only thing left is the shocks.
Did you take the additional length of the monster shackles into consideration when you ordered the length of your shocks ?
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Unread 02-16-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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Use a forklift and raise one of the front tires up until the back tire is about to lift off the ground. Measure one side to get your extended length, the other for your collapsed length. Just don't roll your Jeep in the parking lot.....
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Unread 02-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #7
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Other than that 4.5" Rough Country lift limiting travel, Then the only thing left is the shocks.
Did you take the additional length of the monster shackles into consideration when you ordered the length of your shocks ?
No i did not even think of that. When i bought the jeep it just had the shackle lift, i put the suspension. Lift in and never changed out the shackles. Thanks
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Use a forklift and raise one of the front tires up until the back tire is about to lift off the ground. Measure one side to get your extended length, the other for your collapsed length. Just don't roll your Jeep in the parking lot.....
I dont have a forklift but i do have a lift so i could try throwing one of the armes under one side. Just put it under the u bolts should be good rite?
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Unread 02-17-2012, 07:02 AM   #9
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Just as along as it doesn't slip off and totally bash in the under side of the Jeep. Maybe use a strap hooked to the axle and then to the arm...

Anyone have an RTI ramp in the area? Loading dock at a business?
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Unread 02-17-2012, 07:41 AM   #10
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Loading dock, thats a good idea if the lift idea dosent work out. thanks
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That's how I've always done it, loading docks are great and usually quite on the weekend
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