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Re: Replacement shocks

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I'd buy my Monroe reflexes again in a second. I put the reflexes in the front and the MLL's in the rear. The ride gets slightly stiffened in the back which eliminates all that extra bounce and it also slightly raises the rear end, giving it a more aggressive stance. The front reflexes perform how the OEM's SHOULD HAVE, which is to say, not too much bounce but still a luxury feel. Just about everyone that rides in my Jeep comments on how smooth she drives...
any idea the difference in height between the front and the rear? im thinking of running the monroes in the front and rear- but if the rides not level i want to get a strut spacer to level it out while im at it. i dont want the factory rake. any pics of your rig?
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:34 AM
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Re: Replacement shocks

i would assume with reflex's in the front and LLs in the rear, you would def. get some rake.. im thinking 1" higher in the rear.. a rustys strut spacer would get you an extra half inch in the front, which still wont be completely level, but may suffice enough. without putting wk bilsteins in the front and a strut spacer, i think youll always get some rake with the LLs
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Re: Replacement shocks

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i would assume with reflex's in the front and LLs in the rear, you would def. get some rake.. im thinking 1" higher in the rear.. a rustys strut spacer would get you an extra half inch in the front, which still wont be completely level, but may suffice enough. without putting wk bilsteins in the front and a strut spacer, i think youll always get some rake with the LLs
Yep there's definitely some rake, probably about the 1", but I love the way it looks AND rides.
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Yep there's definitely some rake, probably about the 1", but I love the way it looks AND rides.
You mentioned that you had the Reflex's up front and the LL's in the back, but I don't see any rear LL's on Monroe's website. I only see Sensa-Trac's, Reflex's & Monro-Matic's for the rear. Are the LL's one of those 3 or are the LL's discontinued? What am I missing? Additionally, can you tell me what the length is from the center of your wheel to the bottom of the fender's in the front & rear so I can get some idea of ride height? Any help on this is greatly appreciated!
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Re: Replacement shocks

Yeah I just checked and didn't see them listed anymore, strangely enough. I looked up my order though and I got the 58646 ones off amazon for under $100 shipped. They're supposed to be the ones better for just slightly higher than OEM stance. If you have a lifted WK, there's a Ford compatible model out there that works on the WKs.

As for center-to-fender height, I won't be able to get you that until tomorrow evening.
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Re: Replacement shocks

Awesome. Thank you for the reply. I look forward to knowing the height of those reflex's up front. I'm going to call Monroe tomorrow and see if I can get some of those answers. I'll post back with any updates.
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Re: Replacement shocks

recently took my OEM length MMLs out of the rear and swapped in some OEM XK shocks. my rear end dropped almost a full 2" after removing these, going from 23" to 21.25".
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Re: Replacement shocks

I called Monroe today and they said the Monro-Matic's are supposed to replicate the OE shocks in every way except they last longer. They said the Reflex's provide a smoother ride & a firmer ride at the same time. I'm not really sure if both of those can be achieved or not, but that's what they told me over the phone.

I'm going to purchase the Reflex's and see what happens. I'll keep my 72k old mile factory coils as I want a nice smooth ride and if the ride still feels sloppy, swap the springs out for some new OE springs.
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Re: Replacement shocks

OK well I guess you won't be needing those measurements from me then. You could check the ride height in my garage photo for aesthetic purposes.
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Re: Replacement shocks

MOPAR OEM's are hydraulic. They are very expensive for what you get. I do not recommend you buy them.

I had new MOPAR OEM shocks installed all around at about 55K miles (extended warranty....no charge for materials or labor). Initial cause was the RF was leaking hydaulic fluid and remainder giving poor ride quality.

One of the replacements started leaking again at 6K miles after installation. Had it replaced also.

Now at almost 50K after the shocks were changed and it's time to start thinking about replacing them. No offroad adventures for me, so I'll go with a better ride monotube gas shock like Monroe Reflex 911278.

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Re: Replacement shocks

For a better ride than the OE hydraulics, the Monroe Reflexes are the only way to go. If you wanted the sport tuned feel, you could go with Bilstein. As for the rear, I chose the LL's because I was hoping that it would prevent me from having to swap out the rear sway bar for an ADDCO/SRT8 one, and so far I've been happy with the increased stiffness and control. Maybe I'll look into the ADDCO/SRT8 sway bar upgrade in the future when cash is loose, but for now I'm really happy with the ride. Apparently the Monroe Reflexes in the rear also have positive reviews if you want a slightly better than OEM feeling.
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Re: Replacement shocks

im torn between running the reflexes vs the bilsteins when i get back down around stock height- however the difference in price for a set of 4 monroes vs 4 bilsteins is so minimal its hard to choose.

i know the bilsteins are monotubes and i love the ride of monotubes- they made my TJ ride so amazing when i had rubicon express monotubes, and im not opposed to the ride i have with the bilsteins in the front and OEM XK shocks in the rear. i would like a softer ride, im not too concerned with body roll as i have the SRT front swaybar and the Addco rear
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