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Rear Shock Becomes Loose With Rocky Road Yj Conversion ?

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Buildflycrash, May 26, 2020.

  1. May 26, 2020
    Buildflycrash

    Buildflycrash Member 2020 Sponsor

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    After a 3 hour trail ride I see my passenger rear shock is unattached at the bottom for the 3rd time. Last time I loaded it with Loctite and figured I was good.

    I'm sure I heard this from someone else here as well. Is there a known solution?
     
  2. May 26, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    Drill a hole through the tip of the stud and run a cotter pin through it.
     
  3. May 26, 2020
    Buildflycrash

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    Something like that would work. Thanks
     
  4. May 26, 2020
    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

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    Something like this.

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    Or this.

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  5. May 26, 2020
    Buildflycrash

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    These shocks are not installed like this. They bolt to the spring plate with a 1/2" (i think) bolt. The blot comes loose and the shock dangles/drags.

    Here is the front without the shocks installed. The rear is just the same.

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    I think I can drill a hole through the mount and into the bolt and put a cotter pin or set screw of some type in there.
     
  6. May 26, 2020
    PeteL

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    Is there a sleeve/tube/spacer over the bolt, inside the rubber bushing? I'd torque solid against that.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    That bolt design seems like a bad idea. I can see why they come loose. That’s a lot of shear stress against the threads, especially if there’s no sleeve to tighten against like Pete mentioned. I’d be inclined to weld a stud in place and use a nut. Take those stressed threads out of the equation.
     
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    Norcal69

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    Zilla has this same problem....... Steve has not yet had a problem but then again he ripped his shocks off before they had a chance to loosen up......
     
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    Buildflycrash

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    I think I’ll go for the easy fix for now. Drill and pin.
     
  10. May 26, 2020
    colojeepguy

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    Mine has bolt on lower shock mounts...been there for years. Loctite (blue i think) was all I used.
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  11. May 27, 2020
    timgr

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    You sure you aren't bottoming out the shocks on full compression? That can make bolt-on shock pins loosen.
     
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  12. May 27, 2020
    Lilbuff63

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    I have the same rocky road plates, guess I better have a look. As far as I know I haven’t had a problem in about 3,000 miles.
     
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  13. May 27, 2020
    scott milliner

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    I had one bend and one come loose. I replaced both fronts with grade 8 bolts. My rear came loose. I tighten it and haven't had a problem since. Seems long term the problem my go away. I think I have the oldest conversion.
     
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  14. May 30, 2020
    Norcal69

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    The RR plates are pretty stout. You could probably drill and tap a hole for a set screw on the shock bolt threads. This is what we will do to Steve's if he keeps shocks on the jeep long enough for the bolts to loosen up.....
     
  15. May 30, 2020
    Glenn

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    Agreed! They should know better than manufacturing something like that. :(
     

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