what the shocks look like right out of the box. As you can see, both
front and rear shocks have built in bump stops.
white lithium grease to both the bushing and bar pin and then rotate
the entire shock back and forth with one hand while pushing down
with the other.
you can see that I installed the rear shocks inverted (cans in the
up position) so that they can clear the lower spring perch.
order to remove your existing shocks, you may be required to hold
the top of the stud with a wrench to prevent it from spinning as
shock installed right side up.
Tech DT8000 Pre-Runner Shock
Write-Up & Installation
the market for a new set of shocks? Well, there are a lot of great
ones out there like the Rancho 9000 adjustable or Edelbrock IAS but....
do you really need all those extra doodads? If you're anything like
me, all you want is a good shock that will provide a good ride, eat
up the bumps, not empty out your wallet and be able to be mounted
upside down. Yup, you heard me right, upside down.
Unlike most shocks on the market today that can only be mounted with
the shock cans down, Doetsch Tech Shocks can be mounted inverted.
For the most part, this is no big deal but if you have a Dana 44 rear
axle and a lift on your Jeep, a standard shock can get pinched up
against your lower spring perches at a full droop. Mounting them upside
down allows the cans to get pulled out of the way leaving the shock
rod standing clear of the perches. Sure, Edelbrock shocks need to
be mounted upside down but at $80+ a pop, who can afford that. DT3000s
can be bought for only $35 a piece and DT8000's for about $40 at Quadratec.
I used to own DT3000 when I just had a 2" Budget Boost and like
them very much. My only complaint was that they were a bit too soft
for my taste. They provide a great factory like ride but I prefer
something a bit firmer. So, I decided to try out a set of DT8000 when
I lifted my Jeep to 3".
You Will Need
Doetsch Tech DT-8000 Pre-Runner Shocks*
• Metric & SAE Sockets/Wrenches (13, 15, 18, 19mm, 9/16")
• Crescent Wrench
• Torque Wrench
• Ratchet Extension
• Floor Jack
• Wheel Chocks
• White Lithium Grease
• Bench Vice
* For my 3" Lift+1" spacers,
I purchased the part# 8231 Rear (22.50" extended - 13.50"
collapsed) and 8282 Front (24.50" extended -14.50" collapsed).
The shocks you need will depend on how much of a lift you have. Check
with Doetsch's shock guide by clicking on the following link before
purchasing yours: Doetsch
Park on level ground and spray your shock bolts with some
from the rear, climb under your Jeep and remove your existing shocks.
A ratchet extension will really help out to reach the upper mounting
3 . As I'm sure you've already noticed, the new shocks
do not come with the bar pins installed through the bushings. Unfortunately,
they can be a bit difficult to push through too. Here's what you will
need to do. First, place the bar pin in a bench vice, lube it and
the shock bushing well with white lithium grease.
4. Now, place the shock
bushing over the bar pin, work it around the pin a bit and then push
down forcefully with one hand while rotating the entire shock back
and forth with your other hand. The bar pin should slip through with
ease. While you are at it, go ahead and install the bar pins on your
front shocks too.
5. Your rear shocks
should have come with two metal sleeves. Slide these into the bottom
bushings and then install your new rear shocks.
6. For the front, you
will need to jack up your Jeep and remove the wheels to get better
access to the shocks. Be sure your parking brake is engaged and chock
your rear wheels before proceeding.
7. Crack loose but do
not remove the lug nuts on your front driver side wheel. Then, jack
up your front axle from the differential enough to get it off the
8. Remove your tire
and then your existing shock. Your front shocks have a stud mount
on top and it will need to be held with a wrench (I just used a crescent
wrench) while unscrewing the nut with another wrench.
9. Install your new
front shock, put your wheel back on and then tighten your lug nuts
a bit so that it is secure.
10. Lower your Jack
and then torque your lug nuts to 95 ft. lbs.
11. Repeat steps 7 -
10 on the passenger side but jack up your your axle from the housing
right next to the lower control arm.
That should be it. Nice, fast and easy mod. Please let me know if
you have any questions.
Installation Notes & Review
Well, I've had
these shocks on my TJ for about a month now and can tell you this....
the longer I have them the more I like them. They are considerably
stiffer then the BDS and DT-3000 shocks I had before but, I'm finding
that I like it that way. The only quirky thing I have noticed is that
with the rear shocks mounted upside down, they seem to be a bit bouncy.
By that, I mean they don't seem to valve as well under slight movement.
For example, when I come to a stop, the nose dips down right? Well,
right after the dip, my Jeep tends to rock back and forth a couple
of times as if the rear shocks are not absorbing the motion at all.
It's just a slight thing and they do seem to ride real well otherwise
but I just thought I would let you know what I've experienced. I'll
keep you updated on how things go.