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Does any of you old jeepers remember what air shocks could be used on the front of a cj back in the day i seemed to remember they were a perfect fit from 1967 chevy caprice just asking this old mind can’t remember

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I still hve a set I use when my plow is on. If they are not too rusty I'll get a number off them tomorrow.

I do remember they were monroe load levelers.

Just checked. I must of thrown them outthey were so badly rusted
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Gabriel Hijackers air shocks comes to mind.

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Does any of you old jeepers remember what air shocks could be used on the front of a cj back in the day i seemed to remember they were a perfect fit from 1967 chevy caprice just asking this old mind can’t remember
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Gabriel Hijackers air shocks comes to mind.

thanks for checking maybe someone out there will have some
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Gabriel Hijackers air shocks comes to mind.



I believe I used Gabriel hijackers I just need to find the part number I think there was a cross reference to a 67 either Pontiac or Chevrolet he had to use the cross reference because they were rear air shocks that fit the front of the jeep
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Yeah, never heard of putting air shocks on the front of Jeep CJ unless you had a plow installed maybe, but HD springs were available for that.

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Yeah, never heard of putting air shocks on the front of Jeep CJ unless you had a plow installed maybe, but HD springs were available for that.
i’m an old jeeper before all the fancy lift kits you could get an instant 2-3 “ lift with air shocks most of the clubs i hung with had air shocks and shackles as the primary lift it was cheep and durable
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Yeah, never heard of putting air shocks on the front of Jeep CJ unless you had a plow installed maybe, but HD springs were available for that.
They did have Overload springs for the CJ.

http://oljeep.com/gw/79_SE_tsm/79_SE_Section_1.pdf

cj-overload-springs.jpg

Although rears look like they are set up for springs outside the frame rails.

You can see the plow mount in the picture of the front overload spring.

But I never saw them on any jeeps around here.

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I remember running Gabriel Hi-Jackers on the 1969 Firebird I had in high school, to clear the L60’s...and the sticker that came with them was pretty cool, a rabbit jacked up in the back, like it was running fast.
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Being from the snow belt, I sure remember the days getting ready for the seasons first big snow. Roll the 4X4 what ever you had at that time, we had an old Willys pickup. An old meyer snow plow, before power angle. Four snow tires and install the front air shocks. Block off the front grille area, and fill the bed with cinders. That Willys would work all night and never miss a beat.

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They did have Overload springs for the CJ.


Although rears look like they are set up for springs outside the frame rails

Have that type on my current F-150 when hauling heavy loads or pulling a trailer. Makes a world of difference.
And yes, they were offered in the Jeep Accessory catalog at the time, for the rear springs only.

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I wonder if the front ones came with the snow plow setup.


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I grew up in the 70's when EVERYBODY ran air shocks to jack up the rear so big tires could be installed. I also remember seeing various cars and trucks with one shock hanging down dragging the lower mount along the road.



My point is most shock mounts are not designed to carry vehicle weight. Putting a couple of hundred pounds on a mount and hitting a pothole can be a receipt for failure. This is why air bags and add a leaf's are the accepted norm for leveling.


I know a number of you have run air shocks successfully, just be aware there is a reasonable risk of mount failure.

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FYI a snow plow can weigh between between 600 and 800 pounds.
That's like carrying 4 hefty people on your jeeps bumper.
It gets really interesting hitting the breaks hard in a CJ5.

My "Plastic" 7.5' Meyers plow with lift is 725#

I couldn't find any airbags that fit between the frame and springs so I went with the airshocks.
So far so good. (Knock Knock)

If anyone knows the source for airbags that fit between the frame and leaf springs I'd be interested. So far all I have found are for outboard springs.
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