Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1984-1998

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



Cherokee/Wagoneer and Comanche

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2.  
  3. If necessary for access, remove the wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the lower attaching bolt



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use an extension to access the upper mounting bolts

  1. Remove the locknuts and washers.
  2.  
  3. Pull the shock absorber eyes and rubber bushings from the mounting pins.
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To install:

Before installing new shocks, they should be purged of air. To do this, hold the shock upright and fully extend it, then invert and compress it. Do this several times.

  1. Position the shock on the vehicle and install the mounting hardware.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the nuts/bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm). On Comanche, tighten upper bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  6.  

Grand Cherokee/Grand Wagoneer
  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Using a suitable jack, relieve the weight of the axle from the springs.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper stud nut and washer from the frame rail stud.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lower nut and bolt from the axle bracket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the shock absorber.
  10.  

To install:

Before installing new shocks, they should be purged of air. To do this, hold the shock upright and fully extend it, then invert and compress it. Do this several times.

  1. Position the shock absorber on the frame rail stud and axle bracket.
  2.  
  3. Install the nut and retainer on the stud and tighten to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the bolt and nut to the axle bracket and tighten to 68 ft. lbs. (92 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Remove the supports and lower the vehicle.
  8.  

TESTING



Refer to the shock absorber testing information outlined under the front suspension portion of this section.

 
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