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Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

I just got the 33s MTR on my 79 CJ 5 and I love how they look and do in the mud, but the flex is lacking. I am currently running the shocks that came with the 2.5 inch rancho kit in installed on the jeep, the promblem is I put on a 1 3/8" shackle lift on the jeep and the shocks are now to short.

I have read that CJs around the same vintage as my jeep will not flex worth crap (even with proper length shocks, because of the short shock mounts).

What can I do, should I just buy the proper length shocks?
Or is their any way to make or buy taller shock mounts, then buy new shocks to fit those, which should give me more flex?

Any suggestions will help?

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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

When I put the 4" lift on my CJ I wanted longer shocks than were recommended with the kit. I made a pair of shock mounts for the front out some 2"x2"x 1/4" square tubing we had at the shop. I cut it open with the torch leaving a large hump on it to drill a hole in for the shock. Perfect fit. I welded it to the frame and the shock now swings straight out from the top. It has good flex and was cheap and easy to build. I love the Rancho 9000s!!!



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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

If I could get flex like that I would be lovin' it.

Can you post a picture of the shock mounts you fabricated, front and rear if they are different, also how did you raise the length of the rear shock, did you cut a hole in the jeep body?
Please post any pics you have
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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

Wagoneer front shock mounts are bolt on and cheap from a junk yard. You get about 4 extra inches of shock length on a 79 cj which is plenty for a 4" lift-spring under. Of course I chose to weld my mounts on, but they can be bolted on. Heres a pic.

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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

Two other options:
Mountain offroad Shock hoop
http://www.mountainoffroad.com/catal.../shockhoop.htm
Mel's great Ford shock tower upgrade write-up:
http://www.national-lighting.com/fordshockmt.htm

I did the shock hoop, but in retrospect, the Ford towers are prolly easier, but I also have an extra support up there in case of a roll-over. If you plan on a York, the shock-hoop isn't for you.

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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

WHat do you all do in the rear?

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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

Your space is limited there. You can either lean the tops of the shocks in toward each other or you can add a body lift as I did and get a little more clearance there for a slightly taller mount and longer shock.
I have yet to see a really good answer to the rear CJ shock dilemma.
With a 1 body lift and an extra 1.5 taller upper shock mount, I can burry my 35s into the fender wells and get full droop without any shock limitations.


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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

For the front on both rigs I used the Ford towers. On my CJ5 I went thru the tub to a bar going across the main hoop of the cage. I worked out pretty good, and made for some interesting comments. On the CJ7 I did the lean 'em in at the top so I could go long w/o a body lift. I haven't ecountered any problems with them this way.


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Re: Longer Shocks on the CJ, please help!

Does tilting them in hurt the shocks on road dampering ablilities? It seems that they should be straight up and down?

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Thousands of people do it; some even flip them upside down. I dont think it would hurt anything, in fact steering stabilizers are horizontal and they are nothing more than a shock absorber.


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