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Old 10-08-2014, 05:54 PM
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Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

This may be a dumb question and please correct me if I am wrong. But with load leveling shocks if you replace them with non load leveling shocks won't that in effect drop the rear stance some? I don't know if it will be enough to level the ride height but I don't really want to drop the whole Jeep. It being 4 wheel drive in Nebraska I still want some of the ground clearance. But an almost 2" difference in height front to back is ridiculous!

I don't have a problem getting different springs if that is what it takes but if I have to get rid of the load leveling shocks anyway in order to drop it and it won't drop without removing them wouldn't it in theory put more sag on the rear springs just replacing the load levelers?

Again forgive me if this is a dumb question. I just bought a WK2 last week and put my Viper reps from my WK on it and honestly it looks a little goofy. No one else other than other Jeep guys will see it but I do!

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Old 10-08-2014, 06:31 PM
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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

I think the height difference you'd notice between the load leveling shocks and the standards, WITHOUT any payload, would be minimal. Maybe an inch at most, but I may be wrong about that. From what I've read about these load leveling shocks is that they are only really put to use once you have something heavy loaded or being towed and once the car starts moving, the bouncing or up and down motion will kind of ratchet the height back up to the standard driving height and keep it there.

I'm with you about disliking the terrible rake though and I hate when I notice it. It makes the Jeep look like a truck with gigantic wheel wells and I've come to hate that, so have also been considering when to drop mine on the lowering springs I have (1" lower in front / 1.8" rear).

I also still plan to take mine on some light "off road" camping adventures, but nothing too major. The lowering will affect the ground clearance a bit, but that's all I'm worried about.
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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

Ok yeah that makes sense. So my guess is I'm looking at both non load level shocks and drop springs at least on the rear. Maybe I could find just SRT rears and level it out.


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Ok yeah that makes sense. So my guess is I'm looking at both non load level shocks and drop springs at least on the rear. Maybe I could find just SRT rears and level it out.

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Not sure you can just run lowering springs on the rear alone. Others have asked about it around here but no one has come back with any info that I've seen.
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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

Yeah I have noticed that too. A couple of guys on their SRT's have done the Eibach rears and their stock fronts to level. About all I can do is try it and see how it rides.


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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

If you decide to give it a try, let us know how it works out.
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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

I will probably collect the parts over the winter and give it a try in the spring. I also have 2 get new tpms sensors for my Viper reps because my old 06 used the 315 MHz sensors and now I need the 433 MHz ones so they won't go on until I replace those too.


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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

I like, and prefer the look of rake. I see a lot of leveled trucks driving around in the midwest, and in a few years their ass starts sagging -- giving them a trophy truck-look (but in a bad way). We have no sand in the midwest, and they look stupid IMO.

I would replace the leveling shocks because they are noisy, but not to level. It will only make a difference when you have a load.
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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

My plan to eliminate the horrible stance/rake is to install OEM SRT rear springs. It will bring the back down about an inch and make the stance totally even.
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Re: Load leveling to non load leveling shocks

That is my plan too antsjeep. Hopefully this spring.


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My plan to eliminate the horrible stance/rake is to install OEM SRT rear springs. It will bring the back down about an inch and make the stance totally even.
The SRT springs won't bring it totally even. There will still be a bit of a rake.

ie:

uoweducks diesel on SRT springs

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The SRT springs won't bring it totally even. There will still be a bit of a rake.

ie:

uoweducks diesel on SRT springs

This picture is with front and rear SRT springs. If I only do the rear in theory it will bring the back down enough to get really close to level with the stock fronts.

Just by looking i am guestimating the rear in that picture (SRT coils) has just about the same wheel gap as my front end on non-srt coils.

Even if there is a slight rake after i install the rear srt coils, it will be far better than what i have now.

It's seriously ridiculous how Jeep sets the stance on these things!!
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