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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:38 pm    Post subject: direction of mounting shocks Reply with quote

hey i was looking at some foxshox for the jeep when i eventually get my RE 4.5 lift and was woundering does it matter to the vehicle how i mount the shock weither mounting it with the reservoir up or down...says on the shock site that i can mount it in any direction...so i was woundering if anyone has done it so the reservoir was on the top instead of the bottom in the rear of a ZJ....im thinking its possible as long as the shock can handle it...but will i have more of a chance breaking the shock or some thing mounting it this way....also......are fox shocks anygood? im thinking they are since they use them in the baja 1000 and dakar.

let me know guys

thanks, aaron
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never mounted my shocks with the resevoir higher than the piston like you're saying.

I'd say go for it, just watch for anything that might be a clearance issue.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i dont think i know what i even meant there lol i meant like do i have to mount shocks on the zj...any type of shock with the piston attached to the axle instead of the other way around...does that even make sense? lol i dont think it does but i tries...just let me know if it makes sense or not lol if not then well f**k it ill just find sum shocks that mount the way everyone has them lol
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the front is gonna matter how you mount the shocks cuz they have a bar pin on the top

as for the rear i dont htink it would matter but i would mount them with the cylinder at the bottom and the moving piston on top
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

your getting shocks with the RE kit why do you need the foxshox?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocks might be an option with RE kits, but they do not come with it by default. As for the bar pins, I would suggest BPE's all around and upper shock conversions in the front. That way you can use shocks that just have eyeholes on either end, giving you lot more options in brands and in lengths.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i was going to convert the way the shocks bolt on in the front....and yea im just gunna find sum shocks without reservoirs on the rear and shocks with in the front...think there will be a different in performance being to different shocks or will it not matter
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some shocks can be mounted can up or can down. Contact the manufacturer to find out which mounting position is best.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you are looking to use remote reservoir shocks in the front? Unless you are racing Baja or have an extreme travel suspension (as in a custom built rockcrawler extreme), don't waste the money on RR shocks. You'll gain absolutley nothing.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok well then, wat r sum nice shocks that perform good
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My recommendation would be not to make a decision until you get the lift in. Then you you can measure the compressed and extended lengths, factor in BPE's/upper conversions and get shocks that fit those specs.

I'm currently running Bilsteins 5125's on the XJ and OME's on the TJ.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alright so wait till i have the lift in so i can measure wat the max compressed and max extended is and get a shock in those measurments
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

or you can order the shocks recomeneded with the kit from RE, that way you know they will work very well with your kit

hes on the new side guys, trying give him ideas so he doenst get in over his head the first time
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1fox2go wrote:
or you can order the shocks recomeneded with the kit from RE, that way you know they will work very well with your kit

hes on the new side guys, trying give him ideas so he doenst get in over his head the first time

He's being told the proper way to size shocks and not leaving the guess work to some monkey at a manufacturer that chances are, screwed it up.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol yeah im a newbie plus im only 17 haha so i dont know anything except to figure out everything on my own....so should i order the shocks with the kit or should i just measure after i install the lift once i get it...wont be for a couple months cause of that damn tranny Evil or Very Mad but itll happen
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