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Rear lift, sway bar and shocks - how much can the stock shocks take?


guycar778
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So I'm on the fence about doing a suspension lift.

 

I have the adjustable suspension package, and I like it. But I do take it out on some mild trails, and want to do more with it.

 

I will be putting 33x10.5x15 BFG MTs on some Legos on it over the holidays. Hopefully, I won't need a lift, and so these questions become moot. A little trimming of fender flares and I'm done! Sounds good, right?

 

But I want to have some options in my back pocket in case the rubbing gets stubborn, especially when stuffing the rear wheels into the fenders.

 

If I put on some Jeep spring out back, I should get about 1.5 to 2 inches. Does this much lift mean I need to get new shocks in the back? I'd bring the front up an equal amount by torsion bar crank.

 

Also, as a secondary concern, if I disconnect the rear sway bar when I hit the trails, are the stock shocks able to handle the extra drooping? Either lifted or not.

 

 

 

 

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The stock shocks can handle that much more travel as the stock springs drop right into place even with the shocks still attached. You may find the end of the travel a bit harsh but after the 2" lift that I installed there was enough place for at least another inch of spring. The anti-sway bars are an on-road performance handling thing; they just make sure that the body on the left side is attached to the suspension on the right side and vice versa. The shocks will be fine!

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