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07-20-2019 09:18 PM
jason280 Ended up going with Rubicon Express shocks, and I've been happy so far. Also went ahead and retorqued my leaf springs to 85/45 ft-lbs, and I can definitely tell a difference with the new shocks. You still know you are on leaf springs, but the ride is much less harsh on the road. Haven't had a chance to get it offroad yet, interested to see if there is a significant difference there as well.
07-14-2019 11:57 AM
Duck Doctor Not sure I would recommend Bilstein shocks anymore. I’ve had 5100s in four rigs and the quality seems to be going downhill. The most recent set I installed on my SOA YJ started leaking fluid on the first trip out. Never had any issues with these shocks in the past on my TJs or XJ.
07-14-2019 09:09 AM
jason280 Finally had a chance to measure spring travel this morning. I put the Jeep on my lift, and measured with the springs fully extended. Up front, I have 27" and the rear is 21.5". I measured without the shocks, and there was no change. I actually had an inch or two of travel left with the front and rear shocks, so they weren't limiting any travel. Up front, I have 6.5" to the bumpstops, so I should be able to figure out my lengths
07-14-2019 12:08 AM
Kolak Great! That will make it very easy to select the proper shock lengths. If you'd like to chat further/get pricing, please PM me here on the forum or email me at [email protected]

I carry Bilstein, Fox, RE, and Rancho for example.

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Yes, that is correct.
07-13-2019 09:18 PM
jason280 Yes, that is correct.
07-13-2019 12:25 AM
Kolak The measurements you posted in your first message are from the center of the loop at the bottom to the upper bushing at the top of the front shock correct? And from the center of the loop at the bottom to the center of the loop at the top of the rear shock? And the Jeep is on the ground with the current shocks still installed?

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Stock mounts up front, stem top with loop bottom.
07-12-2019 05:59 PM
jason280
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Are you currently running stock type mounts with a stem at the top in the front? Or do you have adapters and a loop at the top?
Stock mounts up front, stem top with loop bottom.
07-11-2019 03:36 AM
fishadventure I’m surprised that the Skyjacker H7000 series hasn’t come up yet!

Go to their website - they have all the extended and compressed lengths published there. Your at rest lengths can be used to guesstimate which ones to pick.

Better- especially if you off road any- is to measure or calculate your jeep’s flex and get your extended and compressed lengths, then select the model# from those numbers. Your spring kit “should have” included appropriate-length extended bump stops and your shocks should compress to slightly less than the bump-stop contact length and be slightly longer than the full extended (droop) length. I think it was jeeperdon or opihi ? that posted at some point a very simple way to measure and calculate the right lengths.
07-11-2019 12:33 AM
Kolak Are you currently running stock type mounts with a stem at the top in the front? Or do you have adapters and a loop at the top?
07-10-2019 04:23 PM
bruinjeeper how are fabtech springs generally regarded in our YJ community? haven't ever read anything about them as i knew what options i wanted
07-08-2019 03:14 AM
jason280 I can definitely say the shocks now on the Jeep are far too stiff, but a lot of its my fault going with the cheapest shocks I could find. Just about anything at this point would be better, but this time I don't mind spending the money.
07-07-2019 07:31 PM
timatoe You get the shocks with the appropriate valving and they won't be stiff.
07-07-2019 06:59 PM
jason280 Does Rancho offer anything for a 4" lift? Seems odd, but I couldn't find anything taller than a 2.5" lift on their website...
07-07-2019 05:03 PM
Toastmaster Bilstein 5100's are nice but also pretty stiff. I rode with a friend who has the Rancho 9000XL shocks and they rode amazingly, nice to be able to adjust the stiffness to your preference.
07-07-2019 09:00 AM
timatoe I personally would measure your compressed and extended lengths and buy the Bilsteins that fit those measurements the best. They have an online catalog somewhere on their site that lists the shocks by model and type (eyes or stems etc) and lengths.
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