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Well I was playing around this weekend for the first time since I finished the frame swap. We were down in Ocotillo Wells and I was playing on a sand hill and riding some trails. came home and saw this:


I don't recall the spring plate being bent down like that when I put it together The only thing I can think that caused it is the shock being to long and when it fully compressed needed a bit more length . the bump stops don't even look like they had been hit by the axle tube.

The shocks are brand new. they came with my new BDS 2.5" lift.
so, my questions are, how bad is it? What should I do, get a BFH and beat it back into place? get some new spring plates, up grade to better ones?
how should I prevent it from happing again?

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get longer bumpstops.... or move the shock ;)
 

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I second what Mike said but you also need to get better spring plates. Ones that don't hav ethe ubolts hanging down to brake off or get hung up on stuff.
 

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yep, since its bent might as well flip the ubolt. it's a good excuse.
 

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mike said:
yep, since its bent might as well flip the ubolt. it's a good excuse.
if I flip the ubolts, does that mean I need shorter shocks? I do belive that I have seen a write up on using (dodge truck I think) spring plates. I guess I will be doing a search!!!

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Maine Jeepah said:
i've broken/bent those type plates...what they said...relocate.
typical problem.

MJ
did you replace the plate with something else? or just move the shock back? any pics?

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I bought a U-bolt flip kit from the 4x doctor a few years back.

It came with tabs to weld to the axle tube.

It works great.

I plan to move the top mounts of the shocks higher some day.
 

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MellowYellow said:
I bought a U-bolt flip kit from the 4x doctor a few years back.

It came with tabs to weld to the axle tube.

It works great.

I plan to move the top mounts of the shocks higher some day.

I've got the same kit from 4X Doctor. It's worked great for over
5 years.
 

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surveyboy said:
either of you guys got a pic of your set up?

I'll see about taking some pics when I get home.
 

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It's not the best picture, but I'll look for some tonight.
Note: with this set up, my bumpstops are too big.
I could run 35's with those bumpstops. :D
 

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Here's some pics. #1 & #2 are front and #3 & #4 are rear.


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Thanks SDCJ. They don't look that bad to put on. How hard is it to weld that new shock mount to the axle tube? One thing I am wondering though, it doesnt appear that the shock is mounted lower (which is good) but won't I have the same problem if the shock is to long?
 

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I'm no welder so I had someone weld the shock mounts on.
The welding took about 15 minutes. When I chose shocks I
measured the distance between the top and bottom mounts with
the Jeep sitting level and the measured between the bump stops.
I subtracted the distance from between the bump stops from
the distance between the mounts and made sure that the
compressed shock length was less than that number. That way
the shock can never bottom out.
 

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Yes, it makes the problem just a little worse. The bottom shock mount gets moved up just a bit.
You (and I) will need to move the top shock mount up as well, or put in larger bump stops. If you look at SD CJ’s pictures, you’ll see some pretty large bump stops. I have the same ones. My front shocks do not bottom out. My rears do bottom out and the frame mount has cracked, so I’ll likely weld in a tube to raise the top mount. I should have room with a 1: body lift.

The 4x dr. brackets also add to the top of the axle, so the bump stops are even closer.

The brackets go on pretty easily with minor grinding. I had someone else weld the tabs. It only took the guy a few minutes.
 
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