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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 3:08 am    Post subject: Rear shock mounts Reply with quote

Allow me to ramble for a minute. Wink
I'm in the process of swapping rear axles on the TJ. I'm putting in an 8.8 and I'm trying to decide on the shock mounts. I've been kicking around the Nth Degree Shock Shifters that move the axle end of the shock outward and rotate the eyes so they're perpendicular to the axle. Anybody see any issues with that set-up or actually run one?
It got me to thinking about using M.O.R.E. shock mounts:

The mounts are $30 a piece whereas the Nth kit is $100. But with the MORE set-up, I'd need to fab an upper mount. Any ideas? Or just pay $40 for the whole kit? Any thoughts? Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cant tell ya which kits is the way to go, but getting the shock running straighter on the axle free's up some bind that is designed into the way that the factory builds them.

To a small degree, on leaf suspensions, running the shocks at an angle from the axles helps cure a small amount of spring wrap or axle rotation on the springs and a little less body roll. On a 2/3/4/whatever link suspension like on the TJ, angling the shocks dosent do anything accept create some bind(small amount).

I would guess that the factory still does them like that for 2 reasons.
1. keeps them close to the axle and out of harms way for the most part when left in a stock un-modifyed configuration....like thats gonna happen Mr. Green

2. tradition says keep it there, cause its worked this long, why bother changing #1.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2004 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah that's kinda what I was thinking - if it's such a good idea, why isn't an OEM design. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy, do your shocks hit the fuel tank now? If they do, then move the shocks out. If they dont, then the relocators probably wouldnt give enough of a seat of the pants improvement to bother with them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, right now the driver's side is hitting. I plan to move the bottom mounts up for clearance.
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