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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-07-2001, 11:25 PM
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Shock Mounting Assistance

I recently purchased some Trailmaster Invader SS shocks for my '85 CJ-8. The book listed the same shocks front and rear, which is different than any other shock brand for that year and model. I first ran into trouble because the studs are .625" diameter and the I.D. of the shock bushings are .540". After spending 20 minutes trying to pound these shocks onto the greased studs without success I'm thinking that something must be wrong as I've never heard of reaming out polyurethane bushings to make them fit before. The second problem showed up when the lower end of the front shocks requires a metal sleeve which did not come with the new shocks. I have changed my share of shocks over the years and have never had to ream out bushings to make things go together, nor have I had to try to reuse rusty sleeves previously. Am just out of touch or is there a problem with this setup?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2001, 10:34 PM
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Re: Shock Mounting Assistance

Not trying to be pushy, just hoping that someone out there can help to set me on the right path with this situation before I go back to the Jeep shop and complain about the lousy stuff they're trying to sell me, if it is my own error.


post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2001, 10:56 PM
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Re: Shock Mounting Assistance

Sounds to me like Trailmaster is listing the wrong part. I wouldn't get on the shop too bad, but between Trailmaster(for listing the wrong part), your shop(for ordering the wrong part), and you(not getting on you, but you did do some research if you knew that every other company listed 2 different parts), there is a screw up somewhere.

I wouldn't try to ream out the poly bushing, that would probably keep you from being able to return them. Just return them and talk to the guy at the counter of the jeep shop, tell him to the tech department of Trailmaster.

There is also another possibility. With all of the modifications that go on with jeeps, the previous owner could have swaped out the studs for non-standard one. Thus, the parts won't fit.


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