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MConstable
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Figuring out correct shocks for a lifted Thing? Reply with quote

Hello guys, I'm tired of getting rattled to death from my gas adjust shocks so want to replace them.
Two problems...my Thing is lifted so I assume they aren't stock length shocks, and there's no part # on them for me to cross reference.
Any advice?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Figuring out correct shocks for a lifted Thing? Reply with quote

Maybe just measure your gas adjusts and then talk to a Bilstein dealer/expert? I hated the gas adjusts on my Safari (loved em on bugs). The bilsteins made a huge difference for the better!

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Figuring out correct shocks for a lifted Thing? Reply with quote

I have the bilstein 5100 class 11 shocks on mine,they ride great on the street and off road
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Figuring out correct shocks for a lifted Thing? Reply with quote

the most accurate way would be to fully extend the suspension, take a measurement of shock mounting points. then collapse the suspension and take a measurement of shock mounts.

an offroad shop should be able to help locate the proper length shock for full drop and full compression.


with that said, if the front has adjusters and they are cranked, it won't change the shock length needed. similar to rear as long as plates are not notched and are factory plates that may just be re-indexed.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Figuring out correct shocks for a lifted Thing? Reply with quote

Here is a link to a table of Bilstein shocks (listed by physical dimensions):
https://www.my4by.com/bilstein-shock-specs.html

Hope that helps, Mondshine
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: Figuring out correct shocks for a lifted Thing? Reply with quote

Yes, measure twice.

Check out these guys: http://www.eshocks.com/bil_ORsb.asp?Series_Index=Q3&Manf=All&SubChar=Q
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