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post #1 of 3 Old 03-25-2015, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Change shocks, limit strap, or drive shaft

I just checked the clearances of my Jeep at full droop. With the axle at full droop my factory drive shaft sits on the exhaust where it crosses over to the driver's side. I currently have the Old Man Emu 60066L shocks that measure 27.28" extended and 15.9" collapsed. The shocks are approximately 1.28" to long and allow the drive shaft to hit.

In order for my drive shaft to clear my exhaust I figure I have 3 options.

1. Change my drive shaft to something aftermarket. This isn't a bad option since it is something I need to do anyways. Will this allow the axle to droop an extra 1.5" before resting on the exhaust or binding up?

2. Change my shocks from the Old Man Emu long travel to something else the correct length.

3. Get a limiting strap to stop the down travel before the drive shaft hits the exhaust.

I already have Teraflex exhaust spacers so the exhaust is pushed back very close to the cross member.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-25-2015, 05:31 PM
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The limiting straps are not a bad idea but getting the DS is the best if you flex the suspension regularly. Even without interference the joints on the stock shaft don't like operating at high angles and will eventually give out.
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The limiting straps are not a bad idea but getting the DS is the best if you flex the suspension regularly. Even without interference the joints on the stock shaft don't like operating at high angles and will eventually give out.
What he said.

You'll tear that boot on the drive shaft eventually anyhow. Even with the new DS, you may need limiting straps though.
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