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Unread 01-22-2002, 11:17 PM   #1
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Shock replacement

I am in about to replace my shocks on my 83 CJ7 with SkyJacker Hydro shocks. Are there any words of wisdom for this seemingly easy task? Should there be anything I should worry about or look for in the process besides cracks in the anchors? Thanks for any wisdom.

PS: I will be replacing the Leaf Springs soon also. There is a 1 inch body lift on the jeep right now.

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Unread 01-23-2002, 08:40 AM   #2
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It's very easy to do. However, I would, at least one or two days before, start hitting all of the nuts with lots of whatever you prefer to break the rust that has surely siezed the nuts & bolts.

Also, are going to do a lift later, or just use OEM springs? If you are going to lift it, whay would you replace the shocks now, when they won't fit after installing lift springs?
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Unread 01-23-2002, 09:30 AM   #3
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Ditto CJeep. If you are going to go through all of the trouble to replace shocks and springs I would recommend you:

1 - Replace them at the same time
2 - Install a lift kit vice OEM springs

Just my .02.

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Unread 01-23-2002, 09:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply guys. I am not going to put a lift on the jeep as it is already going to be lifted about 1 to 2 in. from the new leaf springs and 1" body lift I have on it already. So the shocks and leaf springs are not a lift kit. Mostly road driving for this jeep for a while. When you say bang on the bolts... you mean with a hammer right? I also have some rust ease to spray on the joints to loosen up some too. I am going to try to reuse all the bolts.
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