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    I have a Wrangler with a combination of tire, body and suspension lifts. I don't know what lifts were used or exactly how to measure them, and need to replace the shocks, but I'm not confident on what I need to buy.

    Currently I have Doetsch Tech DT3282s on the front and 3265s on the rear, but I've seen this front paired with a different rear in other posts so I don't understand the discrepancy.

    I measured static heights of 22" front and 19" rear, but would want to recheck before buying.

    Anyting you can tell me on how to measure for shock length, and how to cross referrence to actual shocks would be great.

    Chuck

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    measure the ones you have on it now and compair to a diffrent brand if thats what you are going to do.

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    Aye. Or, just look up the specs on those DoucheBag shocks and get new shocks with similar length.

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    measure the ones you have on it now and compair to a diffrent brand if thats what you are going to do.
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    You could pull your shocks off and fully compress your suspension and take a measurement from lower shock mount to upper shock mount and then let the suspension droop and take the same measurements and you will have the extended and compressed shock length.
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    my shocks with the Jeep sitting still have about 5- 6" of compression and the same the opposiite direction . I would try for something something similar . you have 22" and 19" static I would add like 9 to 11 " roughly to those numbers and work it out from their as you know what better than any one else is on your Jeep that may limit the travel for a shock of thoses lengths and adjust accordingly. Don't over look the bump stops they will have to be made to work with what ever shocks you go with also .
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    kolak told me to measure it from the center of the wheel to the fender.. he says that is a constant measure regardless of tire size.. and then email him.. he will tell you what to buy... kolak@aol.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffBowser View Post
    Aye. Or, just look up the specs on those DoucheBag shocks and get new shocks with similar length.

    DoucheBag shocks!

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    I had a set of DT3000's some years ago. Those were the worst shocks ever, so bad were they. Harsh ride, and they could not keep the tires to the ground. They were so bad, that for the year I kept them, I actually changed my route to work to avoid several speed bumps and a set of railway tracks. Ever since then, I have not considered anything made by DT. Maybe it was just the wrong spec for the vehicle tire, weight, and spring, but whatever it was, it was bad.

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    DoucheBag shocks!
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