Whether you realize it or not, shocks play a huge roll in your everyday comfort…that is unless you ride a camel, donkey, or horse to the local "Stab-n-Grab" for $50 worth of '87 octane, corn bread-coated meat on a stick, and a soda pop. That's because every time your Jeep hits a bump on- or off-road, your shocks help to soften the blow. And with the degradation of roads across the country, we are bet you hit your fair share of bumps along the way whether you are headed to the mall or the trailhead. A nice set of shocks is gonna make your Jeep that much more comfortable for both commuting and playing in the dirt. Also, since your Jeep's shocks are constantly being used, chances are they are worn out and you could use a new set. That means shocks make a great gift for just about any Jeeper.
After replacing our standard YJ lift-springs on our "Ground Up" '56 CJ-5 project ("Zoot Scoot Suspension," Oct '13) we quickly realized that in order to get the most out of our high-end leaf springs, we should probably upgrade the fairly standard shocks we were running. So we ended up treating ourselves to a set of 12-inch-travel Fox 2.0 Performance series IFP shocks ($127.99 each). These shocks feature an aluminum body that dissipates heat better than steel and a 5⁄8-inch hard chrome-plated, heat-treated alloy steel shaft. The body also conceals an internal floating piston (IFP) that separates shock oil from a high-pressure nitrogen gas chamber. This allows a superior and predictable ride.