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Rear shock replacements on '03 G. Cherokee results in "firm" ride. If shocks needs to be replaced, please advise.

After installing a new set of rear shocks, the rear feels incredibly "firm", especially when riding over rough terrain and/or speed bumps. How can I fix this so that the transition over such obstacles feel smoother. Thanks, Bryce

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  • kunewa2001 Apr 20, 2009

    i pretty sure they were just regular shocks

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    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    If they are not gas filled you might have just bought a good heavy duty shock that is going to give you a little firmer ride which you might not have needed ... sorry

  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    did you instal gas shocks or just regular ? if gas were installed you might be looking at a rough ride for quite a while .. they might be a little much for your grand cherokee..

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Its likely that you got so used to the soft ride you had with old worn shocks that the new ones feel strange. You could buy a more inexpensive shock to restore that "old" feeling, but I don't think you really want that. One thing you should do though is to make sure by having a couple of people bounce the rear, that the shocks are not binding or are too long and bottoming out part way through the suspension travel. There is a part # stamped into the bottom of the shock just above the weld ...double check that part number to make sure you have the correct ones. Also check the standing height of the back end (compare the height of yours with others you find in parking lots...I have a 93, which measures 171/2" from center of rear wheel hub to edge of wheel flair.)
If standing height is too low, shocks are not working at the center of travel but at the lower part. (likely you would have noticed this more with the old shocks though). Additionally, there are adjustable shocks available that you can "tune" to your comfort level...they usually have three settings ...you choose the one that suits you best.
Hope something I said will give you a cure or an understandable reason for what you are feeling.
Don't forget though that a Jeep is essentially a small truck, as such, it's going to ride like one!

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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