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Unread 06-03-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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Shock recommendation needed for 1980 CJ5

I am seeking info on the best shocks for a 1980 Jeep CJ5 Renegade, with a 304 V8. Stock suspension. I donít think I want gas shocks, because they are considered to be very firm. I want the smoothest ride possible. No high speed driving, and no loads, ever. Just driving mostly on gravel, at slow speeds. I still like the Monroe Sensatrac, but the Monroe people say they donít make one that fits this Jeep, and they claim all they have for it is a gas shock and that it is real firm, which I donít want if I can avoid it.

I have been able to find shocks, Monroe and others, that I like, only to find that they donít fit this 35 year old Jeep. In particular, I like the Monroe 37021 (you can see it on Amazon), but Monroe says it will not fit this jeep. I thought this would be easy, but it isnít.

I will greatly appreciate any comments or recommendations !!

Thank you !!

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Unread 06-04-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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Go to your local auto parts store and get the cheapest shocks listed for a CJ. They will be softly valved as they should be for a leaf sprung, light vehicle like a CJ is. Their only job is to control rebound on such a dinosaur type of suspension, so there's no need for the latest in gases or whizbang technology.
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Unread 06-04-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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I was pretty impressed going from Monroe Gas Magnum 34904 front shocks to Rancho 5000's. The Rancho's are much plusher
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Unread 06-04-2015, 10:10 AM   #4
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I was pretty impressed going from Monroe Gas Magnum 34904 front shocks to Rancho 5000's. The Rancho's are much plusher
Then those monroe's must have been completely solid. You're the first person i know of that has called 5000's plush, lol.
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Then those monroe's must have been completely solid. You're the first person i know of that has called 5000's plush, lol.
They came off of a local club members stock YJ. He was putting on a lift and the stock size YJ seem to fit a 2" lift CJ pretty well. They are model RS5113. I did notice when I put them on that they had very little compression dampening but good rebound????
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Unread 06-04-2015, 10:33 AM   #6
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I've had pro comp and ranchos (non selectable and selectable lines) on my trucks and Jeep. None of them road all that great and certainly not plush. I have BDS 5500 in the back of the jeep at the moment and those seem a bit better than the aforementioned.

I have some extra cash and plan on doing Fox's up front next, so we'll see how that goes. My next choice was Bilstein if I didn't have an extra $90 to spend.
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Unread 06-04-2015, 10:38 AM   #7
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I am running pro comps on mine. I found no difference between them and the Orem type that were on it. No such thing as a plush ride on a cj5. Lowering tire pressure helped a little.
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Unread 06-04-2015, 12:12 PM   #8
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rancho rs5000's on mine, love them.
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Unread 06-04-2015, 12:28 PM   #9
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Go to your local auto parts store and get the cheapest shocks listed for a CJ. They will be softly valved as they should be for a leaf sprung, light vehicle like a CJ is. Their only job is to control rebound on such a dinosaur type of suspension, so there's no need for the latest in gases or whizbang technology.
I agree with this. Get the lamest shocks you can fine, no gas. Smallest piston and look for smooth highway ride details. The larger pistons have larger valving which kills the ride. Jeeps have no body weight to speak of compared to an F-350. Maybe try the Old Man Emu draulics.

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Unread 06-04-2015, 12:59 PM   #10
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I agree with this. Get the lamest shocks you can fine, no gas. Smallest piston and look for smooth highway ride details. The larger pistons have larger valving which kills the ride. Jeeps have no body weight to speak of compared to an F-350. Maybe try the Old Man Emu draulics.

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Go to your local auto parts store and get the cheapest shocks listed for a CJ. They will be softly valved as they should be for a leaf sprung, light vehicle like a CJ is. Their only job is to control rebound on such a dinosaur type of suspension, so there's no need for the latest in gases or whizbang technology.
I agree with the softer valving to help as much as you can, but not necessarily the cheapest part, that the shock on these only control rebound, or that there isn't any weight to a Jeep.

Mid-High 3,000-4500 lbs wet/loaded isn't light. And, maybe if you drive on nice paved roads all the time you can get away with cheapo shocks, but if you do any trail driving, slow crawling where you are flexing and happen to fall off a ledge/rock, etc... you'll be using that compression. If we were talking an old S10 or some other old road vehicle I would agree to go as simple and cheap as you can, so I guess it depends on the driving the OP plans to do.
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Unread 06-05-2015, 08:09 AM   #11
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I have Gabriel something or other, bought for $8/ea on Rockauto.com

I'm perfectly happy with the ride, and much happier with the cost. Four of them were cheaper than one of the high-tech whiz bang nitro whatevers. Considering that a CJ5 weighs less than an MGB, 99% of those fancy shocks are way too stiff for a Jeep, as they were designed for something weighing 3 or 4 times more.

And there is absolutely no weigh that a completely stock CJ5 approaches anything close to 4500 lbs. Curb weight from the factory was right around 2400 lbs.
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I've had Rugged Trail, Rancho 5000 on my CJ-7 and they were terrible because they are gas shocks. Way too stiff. Now we run a hydro-shock and couldn't be happier. Jeep CJ's are simply to light for gas shocks IMO unless you run something like a Rancho 9000 series where you can dial-in the compression settings. I had them on my 02' F150 SuperCrew and loved them.
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Unread 06-05-2015, 10:36 AM   #13
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I have Gabriel something or other, bought for $8/ea on Rockauto.com

I'm perfectly happy with the ride, and much happier with the cost. Four of them were cheaper than one of the high-tech whiz bang nitro whatevers. Considering that a CJ5 weighs less than an MGB, 99% of those fancy shocks are way too stiff for a Jeep, as they were designed for something weighing 3 or 4 times more.

And there is absolutely no weigh that a completely stock CJ5 approaches anything close to 4500 lbs. Curb weight from the factory was right around 2400 lbs.
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Unread 06-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #14
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I've had Rugged Trail, Rancho 5000 on my CJ-7 and they were terrible because they are gas shocks. Way too stiff. Now we run a hydro-shock and couldn't be happier. Jeep CJ's are simply to light for gas shocks IMO unless you run something like a Rancho 9000 series where you can dial-in the compression settings. I had them on my 02' F150 SuperCrew and loved them.
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Unread 06-05-2015, 10:42 AM   #15
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Using cheap shocks and driving on rough roads, I see no issue here either. Not like anyone is going 75 jumping their jeep on this forum. If you are building a Baja 1000 rig THEN get some wizzbang new kid on the block gas remote gizmo shocks. 99.9% of us only need some $8 Gabriel shocks. Wish I could find some Gabs that are much longer than factory for SOA lifts. I'd buy them right now.

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