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Unread 07-01-2008, 09:35 AM   #1
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Exposed Piston Rod on Shocks

I just installed a set of Skyjacker Hydro shocks (part #s 7025 & 7028) on my TJ. Currently I have 3” of piston rod in the rear and 3 ¾” in the front. This looks a little short to me.?. The question I have is…approx how many inches of the piston rod should be exposed? Thanks.

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Unread 07-01-2008, 09:47 AM   #2
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That's not much, it sounds like they're a little too long. Ideally, half the strut should be exposed so I'd either install some longer bump stops to make sure the shocks don't bottom out, or swap in the next shorter model shock. When shocks bottom out, they can tear the shock mount off the axle where it's welded.
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I'm wondering if the lift (the previous owner installed) isn't a 2" instead of a 4"? I have a 2" body and supposedly a 4" ProComp lift.?. Is it possible that 35" will fit under with a 2" susp and a 2" body? Thanks.
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i would flex your jeep out (while having someone watch your shocks to make sure they dont bottom out) and see if your bumpstops hit 1st, if your stops hit 1st then your shocks will help with lots of down travle, if shocks want to bottom out 1st then ya get new shocks,



also measure your shocks and let me know the collapised measurement i may be able to use them
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35" tires are too tall for a 2" suspension lift and 2" body lift, your fenders would be too close to the tires for comfort. I just noticed your configuration... Dana 35c, 35" tires, and an EZ-Locker inside the D35c which is a very breakage-prone combination. I'd be very careful and carry spare axleshafts with you if you wheel it.
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So, if it is a true 4" susp...then why would my brand new shocks be so compressed?
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they measure shocks odd, my trail master shocks are way to short for my lift, i only have maybe 4" of down travel, this pic the jeep is sitting level

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So, if it is a true 4" susp...then why would my brand new shocks be so compressed?
Sounds to me like you do not have a 4" suspension lift.

Those Skyjacker shocks are 14.54" collapsed in the front. Add the 3 3/4" of uptravel you have and that tells me your shock mounts are 18.29" apart.

I just measured my front shock mounts and they are about 21.5" apart on my TJ with about 5" of suspension lift in the front.

That is 3" more than your's, so that tells me you have 2" of suspension lift.

Can you post any pics?
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a stock front spring is 12" at ride height. anything over that is your lift amount
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I can post pics later this evening when I get home. Measured the front spring ride height...13 1/2"! Does this mean it is only a 2" lift?

Question for those with Skyjacker Hydros. I ordered and installed the H7025 & H7028s. At-least this is what the box said! However, the shocks read H7056S (front) and H7088S (rear).?. Shouldn't the # on the shock match the part # on the box it came in? If this is the case, this may the problem.?. And yes I know, I should have crossed referenced this last night. BUT I was excited and in a hurry to put them on.
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I beginning to believe I only have a 2" susp lift...just measured distance between front shock mounts and have 19" on driver side and 18 3/4" on passenger side. It would seem the 35" tires would be rubbing though, but they don't.?.
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you sure you're not running 33's?
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LoL! Absolutely sure! 35 x12.50s
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H7025 and H7028 are the same measurements as the other part numbers. Oddly enough it says they are for different vehicles. Not sure why they would use different numbers though? I'd call SkyJacker. Either way they are the lengths you ordered.

H7056
14.54 Collapsed Length (in.)
10.21 Shock Stroke (in.)
24.75 Extended Length (in.)

H7088
14.82 Collapsed Length (in.)
10.02 Shock Stroke (in.)
24.84 Extended Length (in.)

That would work on my Jeep.. maybe a little short in extension. Your lift is definitely less than 4". I'm sure someone would buy them off of you to recoup some money.
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He def has 35's, and it's wierd to think that it could be a 2" lift on his jeep since i have a 6"LA with 35's and our Jeeps sit at the same height.
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