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2004 Grand Cherokee Rear Shocks


 
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mdicanio
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: 2004 Grand Cherokee Rear Shocks Reply with quote

Hi, I'm new to this site and needed some information. I need to change the shocks on my 2004 JGC. It has the standard suspension. Is there anything special about removing the upper bolts on the rear shocks? Will common hand tools do the trick? Any recommendations on what shocks I should get? I will not be lifting it.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on, does anyone know?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekends are slow on most forums, including this one. You shouldn't need anything more than common hand tools. However, don't quote me on that b/c I've never changed the shocks on a WJ.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. Maybe everyone is out ridin' the trails.

I was concerned about the bolt because I thought it had thread locker on it but I don't know for sure. I found one posting about someone snapping one off.

I had an XJ, totally different setup, and that was tough to get the bolts out.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mdicanio wrote:
I had an XJ, totally different setup, and that was tough to get the bolts out.

I hear ya on that. I haven't had the pleasure of changing shocks on an XJ yet...but I know plenty that have. They can be a major PITA.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kizer, thanks, this definitely helps. In looking at the picture, the upper bracket looks a little different. Mine just bolts into the frame. I guess this is a picture from an older model? Either way this is helpful. Any ideas on whether or not the upper bolt on mine has thread locker on it? If it does then I guess a little heat will help. I can post a picture of the upper bolt if this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welp all the suspension bolts on my TJ took some penetrating oil and they broke loose pretty easily.

I dont think unless of course Im forgetting, but I dont think any of my bolts on my TJ had any lock tite on them.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct me if I'm wrong but locktite would be used in a case where there is vibration. I don't think the WJ would tend to have alot of vibration in the rear so maybe there is nothing to worry about.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Locktite would be used primary on your sway bar links because its more or less a safety feature. Your shocks I cant see having Locktite on them because its a serviceable item and they are meant to be changed overtime.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I guess I will find out when I get to taking things apart. At the worst a little PB-Blaster and some heat will help out. Thanks for the information.

By the way, my reason for thinking the bolt had loc-tite on it was due to a 93 Caravan I once owned. I know totally different vehicles but I changed the rear shocks on it and one of the bottom bolts in the rear vibrated out after I changed the shocks. I found out that the tip of the bolt had teflon in the treads that sort of locked the bolt in so that it would not vibrate out. When I looked at the bolt on the Jeep I thought it might be similar since the bolt goes right into the frame much like the way it did on the axle of the Caravan.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I would give you and update..... I took the top bolt out with no problems. I was amazed. No thread locker or anything else on the bolt. I was a little shocked that it came out that easy. Almost like it was not tight enough when it was installed at the factory. I put a little anti-seeze on it for the next time I removed it so I should have no worries. Now I have to decide what shocks I am going to purchase.

I am open to any recommendations.

Thanks for your help. Very Happy
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