Rear Shock Dilemma

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Rear Shock Dilemma

Post by smccollamjr » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:45 pm

I ordered a set of Bilstein 5100s for a TJ with a 3" lift. Fronts fit fine. I've got a little over 3" of lift, TT, and a SYE so my rear pinion is rotated up correct the angle. This causes tube of the 5100 to his the lower spring bucket. I was going to flip it, but I couldn't get the bar pin out without junking the bushing. After some research I found that 5100s for a 4" lift are configured tube up and the extended and compressed lengths would work so I exchenged them. Even though these are tube up, the tube is so long it still hits the lower bucket. Any suggestions?
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Re: Rear Shock Dilemma

Post by CharlieHo » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:34 pm

Trim the bucket or relocate the mounts slightly. Can be done homegrown or buy brackets.
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Post by smccollamjr » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:46 am

I've heard the shock relocators lead to early shock mount failure. I guess I could get new mounts and have them welded on in a different location.
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Re: Rear Shock Dilemma

Post by highlandercj-7 » Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:54 am

I can't remember how much room TJ's have between the rear and the fuel tank, but a lot of folks turn the tops into the middle like older think 80's Dodge trucks. You put in a cross member and tie the upper shock mounts to it. IT controls body sway more and allows more travel. Something to this effect:
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Post by smccollamjr » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:34 pm

At this point, I'd like to find a set of shocks I can mount without making any mods.
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Re: Rear Shock Dilemma

Post by SLADE » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:50 am

5100s have a small body... smaller than most others.

Without correcting the mount issue, how are you going to have the needed clearance at full bump (when the shock body consumes the length of the shaft)?
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Post by smccollamjr » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:00 pm

The ones I have now are a little longer than What I need. If I find some that have a body that is a couple inches shorter I could mount them body up and be ok. I may need BPEs for the top, which is fine.
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Re: Rear Shock Dilemma

Post by CharlieHo » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:47 pm

Trimming the buckets seems to be the most popular solution I've seen.
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