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Old 11-07-2019, 11:28 PM
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Shocks for Lifted Cherokee

Anyone have any recommendations or better yet part numbers for front and rear shocks for a Cherokee with a 3 to 4 in lift? I
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:49 AM
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you cannot beat BILSTEIN
the ones for lifted rigs are silver
the regular ones are blue and yellow
but a fine shock.

auto parts dealers like summit or jeg's can find the right part number for you.

Bilstein = expensive but good

although many have had a lot of luck with Monroe, etc.

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Old 11-12-2019, 02:30 PM
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I wrote an email to Monroe a couple years ago. I have a 3" lift. Here is what I wrote:
Originally Posted by rang-a-stang
My Jeep has a 3 inch lift. I would like to install your Gas-Magnums all the way around but am not sure which part number would be best. Can you recommend a longer shock absorber for my application? All mounting points remain the same, I just need a shock that is about 3" longer.
They said:
Originally Posted by Monroe Technical Resource Center Agent, Tenneco
Hello Marc
Thanks for your preference for our products, regarding your question you can use the 34821 for front and rear, for additional questions please let us know
With that said, I ordered 4 34821's and like them alot. They were about $25/corner and went in easily. I say "like" becuase I would prefer them to be a tiny bit stiffer but they are very comfy for a daily driver and have a good warranty.
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:45 PM
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Perfect. Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2019, 05:19 PM
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BJ's Off-road has shock absorbers for lifted FSJs.
I like my ProComp ES3000 but I hated the ES9000 I had before as they were too stiff. I will eventually upgrading to Bilsteins, though. I love them on my lifted Ram and the wife's lifted JK Wrangler.
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Old 11-19-2019, 02:39 PM
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Since every rig is different, tire size, wheel weight, spring rate overall weight it is impossible to buy a shock and just bolt it on and have it work well on and off road. Your buddy can tell you he put xyz shocks on his and it's great but he may not drive like you and as stated his rig is likely different. I would recommend spending the extra money on an adjustable shock. Rancho RS9000 are my favorite budget shock but there are others like ProComp MX6. These are still low dollar shocks for an adjustable but make a huge difference in getting the ride the way it should be off and on road. I use them on my tow rig as well. When towing they get cranked up to 8 or 9 and the truck rides and handles excellent. Without the trailer I back them off to 5 or 6 and the harsh choppiness of the dually rear end goes away. To pick the right shock regardless of brand, you should lift the chassis up, take off the existing shocks and let the suspension drop all the way. Measure shock mount to mount for the extended length. Then set the truck back on the ground, measure again for ride height measurement. Then measure from the spring plate where the frame snubber contacts it up to the snubber and subtract that number from the ride height number. This would be the collapsed length. Whatever shock you buy, ensure that the extended length of the shock is longer than your extended number and the collapsed number is shorter than your collapsed number. It sounds like a pain to do all this measuring but you've modified your truck then the likelyhood of someone giving you a shock number that bolts right on and doesn't bottom out before your springs do and tear the shock mounts off or pull the shocks apart when you go over a rise to fast and catch a little air is not good.
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