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Fc150 Shock Replacement/part Interchange

Discussion in 'Jeep Truck and FC Tech' started by jeepstar, Jun 20, 2023.

  1. Jun 20, 2023
    jeepstar

    jeepstar Well-Known Member 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    looking to upgrade the non working Monroe shocks on my 1959 FC150. when i say non working, i mean they are leaking fluid out of them. pretty much not working at all.

    i would like to buy a really good shock. i sent a message to Bilstein, but haven't heard back, and its been 2 days.

    stock setup. rear shock: Monroe PN 31000. front shock 32207.


    any suggestions out there?
     
  2. Jun 21, 2023
    jeepstar

    jeepstar Well-Known Member 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    are gabriel shocks any different or better than Monroe?
     
  3. Jun 21, 2023
    HellaSlow

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    I just installed some "Gas-a-just" shocks by KYB on the cj. They seems to work well and are an upgrade from the monroes.
     
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  4. Jun 22, 2023
    Buildflycrash

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    I think with shocks (like many things) you get what you pay for. You can also easily buy way more shock than you need. Depends on how much/hard you use it, almost any shock 1.5 or 2x the cheapest $35 shock will do you perfectly fine for years.
     
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  5. Jun 26, 2023
    jeepermc

    jeepermc Active Member

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    It will take some research to do, but you should be able to find the specs of the shock # you have- Length, travel, end type, and bushing size/type, and then compare to other brands like Bilstein. There has to be something out there that works, although honestly new Monroe replacements are probably just fine... They just don't look as cool.

    I plan to adapt a new set of Fox takeoff JL/JT shocks I scored to my widetrack chassis.
     
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  6. Jul 17, 2023
    jeepermc

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    You basically need to find this info on your Monroe shocks, (see attached) and then similar or same specs for whatever brand you want to put on it.

    The 31000 appears to interchange with lots and lots of vehicles including mid 80's CJ's.
    The 32207 looks to interchange with Suzuki Samurai, Toyota L/C, and early 80's CJ's.

    In other words there should be a plethora of brand options out there considering what vehicles these shocks fit.
     

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  7. Jul 17, 2023
    jeepermc

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    This Bilstein replacement should work on all 4 corners according to cross referencing by CJ applications on Rock Auto- BILSTEIN 33233970. https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=6606368&cc=1181360&pt=7556&jsn=972&_nck=Ekt6BqBF1pwlXdx0gYlm1XyS+rEifIwv/s4mYgfY8Hvof4U6uklzHi1pVrcI7/kMUzABBGieOHtrrcgM3yioi3jzTSwR1sdbqq1WlxbL9jDHcZcDKYR4PaP+hEUJNXCdiI1v0RY93BO+E7mLh/WtJwIqleWfqWghAgDMwM4sbB8hYme5sOq+BKgosMX+nAyfE3hnPAt4iqEdq/wmgLZ6A5IN7quz+lKBzpMYgrlJZIVWBNsL4yvijbWAl09VL7MZBF6+QX5AUS6p8x/Ikvb6990jR1N7cPNzL4RNAXGaG+R1h3OH+V04f0i3wyhj8DTboUgMX4UHbMNaCd2U2oBVRZyVHdDN+kp1j9OyW/tdvqGu1Zi6z0ja79RH0fTN3u/w

    Don't take my word for it, but look up 81 CJ5 and 86 CJ7 and you'll find your Monroe part number shocks listed as applications that fit, along with the the Bilsteins I referenced above. Lengths vary, but you may be able to get away with it as long as you aren't collapsing the shock all the way solid on compression. Easy enough to measure your actual travel and distance between mounts.
     
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