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Unread 01-03-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Shock question

Well after about 6 weeks of being parked my CJ is rolling again. Rain, cold weather and sickness all slowed the process down a bit and with the help of a fellow jeepfourm member and friend, LSUtiger, its once again ALIVE. The total project included a 4.5 inch RE lift and a Navajo break upgrade with new pads, shoes, wheel cylinders and calipers. Also replaced the drag link and tie rod with a Rugged Ridge set and did a tie rod flip.
The mono tube shocks that I ordered with the RE kit look to be to small. I am sure the lift is going to settle a bit, however currently when it is parked in the driveway the shocks are only a inch or so longer than the mount. I believe installing them like this will limit my travel. In the next few days I plan on sticking some jack stands under the frame and measuring the full length of downward travel. How much longer that full travel should they be?

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Unread 01-03-2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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they should be about an inch or two longer than full travel
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Unread 01-03-2010, 06:51 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by MoC View Post
How much longer than full travel should they be?
Don't know if this is standard, but IIRC I went 2" longer than my measurements.

If you have a swaybar, you might want to disconnect it before measuring.

RE is has pretty good customer service and they will probably just swap out the shocks for longer ones.

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