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Angry Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

I could use some help in choosing new front shocks. I installed a 3" readylift kit on friday and I blew out both front shocks 4hrs later(doing 50 in the woods-hit a big bump in the road)I also broke the pass. boot. I realized the lift kit compresses the shocks but i didnt think they blow out. Anyone know which shocks I should get? The stock shocks got really tight after the lift. I might need smaller ones I guess. sorry the pics are really small. thanks!!
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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

Holy small pictures...lol...If you're putting that kind of abuse on your suspension you probably need to go with something pretty high end...Icon long travel or a Fox setup. The FJ is a fat little piggy that isn't meant to be thrown through bumps at 50mph, cheapest/best suspension for under $1k is probably going to be an Old Man Emu setup, but even then, at 50 in the bumps it may not hold up...

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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

those looked like bilstein shocks... yeah they are not meant for BAJA style abuse...

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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

If you're doing anything with many high speed bumps, you want a coilover that has an external reservoir so that they don't heat up quickly, enhancing ride quality off road and on. King has a very good setup for a little more than 2k (Which will replace front and back), but this forum will tend to be partial towards Icon or Old Man Emu. You can't go wrong with any of those. Good luck with your purchase!
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You could get some SAW or Radflo front coilovers for a decent price.
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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

itty bitty pictures. you will definitely need a higher end suspension set up for that kind of driving. Icon, King, Fox, Radflo, etc...


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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

Hey- Thanks for all ur help guys. Im new to fj forums- sorry about the sucky pics. yeah i think i might need to replace the whole lift kit with a higher end one or i need to drive slower....tough choice. thanks
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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

Where in NY are you located?

For a somewhat local vendor check out Camel4x4.com. Located in NJ so shipping is pretty good.

Also since you damaged the CV boot I hope your FJ is parked or you already fixed it.


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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

I bet this was a spacer lift that was WAY over extended! I think this would of happen with any kind of shocks at that kind of speed!
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Re: Broke both my Front Stock Shocks!!

Im running King now and had ICON. I agree with the guys above that if thats youre driving style you will need to step up to a coil over with a res. The Walker Evans shocks that All PRO sells is a great product that many people on the forum use and love. I went with King and so far really love mine and theres no shock set up more proven than King when it comes to off roading.

The OME is another great option but not for your driving style. You may need to look at UCA/LCAs while your at it because the stock stuff isnt gonna hold up to that kind of abuse. Good luck and sorry about your issues.


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