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8.8 swap update + shock question

Hello all,

After obtaining a second housing (a straight one this time) the swap is going well. The rear end is in place and ready to be tack welded. If I had all the time in the world I would do a SOA coversion at the same time, but I need to get the Jeep rolling. The challenge of a daily driver/trail rig. I have one question about shock mount placement. The stock setup on a 35c has the shock mounts pointing straight down. I would love to rotate them up a bit for clearance and a better angle but that would change the compression of the shock at rest. What is the minimum/maximum compression at rest? Do I have some room to play or should I set this up like stock?

Thanks in advance for your time.

-JL
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Re: 8.8 swap update + shock question

dont forget that the 8.8 has very big alxe tubes so if you make your mounts flat so they dont hit everything on the trail you should be ok. I know on my YJ when i still had the D35 with 31s I would hit the rear fender before the shock ended.
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Re: 8.8 swap update + shock question

The tape measure is your friend. Measure your shock colapsed and your shock extended, subtract the extended length from your collapsed length to get your shock travel. Idealy you want your shock to sit in the middle of it's travel or with more drop then compression. I would make the shock mounts flat and build a new shock crossmember if you have shock length issues. In an ideal world your bump stops hit before your shocks bottom our.
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Re: 8.8 swap update + shock question

Not that I'm an expert on mounting shocks, but I would think you'd want to mount them so they still have just a little room to go when the axel hits the bump stops.

Most Jeep suspensions will droop a lot, or alot, farther than they'll compress. If you mount the shock in the middle of its travel at normal ride height it might limit the droop while having unuseable travel left at full compression.
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Re: 8.8 swap update + shock question

Thanks for the info... gives me something to go on. Long live the build!

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