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post #1 of 6 Old 05-06-2021, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Shocks for now...and later...

I've got a bone-stock 2003 TJ that I plan on turning into a respectable LCG crawler over the next couple years. The built-theme is "only what is necessary for improved capability"...no light bars and bling ever. There is a long list of things to do to it to get it where I want but the first thing has to be a winch so i can wheel solo. Then I'll do some lockers and whatever lift is needed. The problem I have is the current shocks are shot. I swear i could run over a dime and tell you if it were heads or tails. I'd buy some shocks now but I know they would only be good till I lift the Jeep.

So, I'm wondering if there is some type of shock solution I could get now that would also work for what I assume will be a 2-3" lift eventually. If not(I assume not), is there some path to a quality lift that would start with springs and shocks and still be ok till I can get the rest of the components needed for a complete functional highly capable suspension?

This Jeep is strictly for weekend off-road fun...no DD or road trips except on a trailer. At most it'll hit pavement for trips off the trails for lunch etc...


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post #2 of 6 Old 05-06-2021, 08:23 PM
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Why not lift it at the same time if you're only doing 2 inch lift? Not much has to be changed at all. Just get a bds kit with fox shocks and it's a win-win. Of course... Not sure of your budget for the shocks but the coils are inexpensive.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-07-2021, 06:01 AM
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Rancho RS5000X shocks for 0-2" lift. Pro Comp 2" springs work well and are inexpensive compared to most. Total cost under $500. Add a 1.25" BL ($100) if you decide to go higher.

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Thanks for the thoughts...I've looked at a lot of lifts but hadn't zeroed in on that BDS one. The HUGE aftermarket for Jeeps is one of the things I was looking forward to when switching from a CanAm SideBySide ATV.
I may go that route now that I've been made aware but it'll require me to commit to a certain amount of lift. As you may have noticed by the wording of my post - I dunno for sure how much lift I'll end up with. I plan to get some highline fenders to get the most clearance w/the least lift....probably the MetalCloaks since they seem to be completely bolt-on(at least on the front). I'd hate to cut on the body like some of the fenders require.
While on the subject of shocks...is there some way to ID which shocks(and springs) would provide the best cruising speed ride on bumpy dirt roads and trails? I had the Fox 2.5's on my Maverick X3 set to full-soft and it spoiled my wife. She was unpleasantly surprised at how rough the TJ rides.

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Unless you're willing to spend the $ for some Fox shocks specifically tuned for YOUR Jeep, it's still going to ride like a short wheel based vehicle. Keep in mind also, that larger tires require you to regear both axles at a cost of $1500 or more. Figuring your final tire size is very important so you don't have to do it twice. With your 42rle trans with the steep OD, 5.13 gears for 33s would be a good choice.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-07-2021, 11:04 AM
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Keep in mind that while there's nothing wrong with having a LCG (low center of gravity), new Jeepers and especially those new to offroading are overly concerned with it.

This is a TJ I wheeled with several years ago it does not have an especially low COG.

In the first photo, and the camera was being held level so as to not exaggerate his angle, shows just how far over he got without his Jeep flopping/rolling. The last two give you an idea of his build, it was not built as a LCG design.

In other words, don't be overly concerned with your CG. Old CJs had CG issues and they were not hard to roll. Wranglers were redesigned with wider wheelbases and better suspensions so CJ is not nearly the issue some believe it to be. Really.
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