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My 2013 Trailhawk comes with Quadralift. Its traveled around 130,000km and both front shocks have light clunks on normal roads. I do drive this off-road a lot and have over heated the LH front shock on a very undulating sand track back in 2016 where it started to knock pretty badly and stopped after I rested the car for half an hour. Anyway... If, I'm to keep this car, and I would like too, I am determined to upgrade the front and rear shock absorbers. Seeing as there does not seem to be an aftermarket upgrade available, has anyone taken this on and tried to adapt the air springs to a non-QL Bilstein shock?

I'm not scared to make spring seats or what ever is required.

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Hi Matt,

Hows it been. There is an aftermarket direct OEM replacement for the air shocks, if I remember there are 2 manufactures that make them I know ones out of China, Ill dig up the thread it was on Jeep Garage.


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Hows it been. There is an aftermarket direct OEM replacement for the air shocks, if I remember there are 2 manufactures that make them I know ones out of China, Ill dig up the thread it was on Jeep Garage.


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I have the same problem with my 2012 Overland. Looking fwd to that info.


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My 2013 Trailhawk comes with Quadralift. Its traveled around 130,000km and both front shocks have light clunks on normal roads. I do drive this off-road a lot and have over heated the LH front shock on a very undulating sand track back in 2016 where it started to knock pretty badly and stopped after I rested the car for half an hour. Anyway... If, I'm to keep this car, and I would like too, I am determined to upgrade the front and rear shock absorbers. Seeing as there does not seem to be an aftermarket upgrade available, has anyone taken this on and tried to adapt the air springs to a non-QL Bilstein shock?



I'm not scared to make spring seats or what ever is required.


Heres one of them, Ill find the other later.

https://www.suncoreindustries.com/pr...grand-cherokee




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Found it, reco not new.

http://www.rebuildmastertech.com/jee...ut-68059904ad/




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Hey Marc,

Thanks for that, I've found a couple of companies (in the US) who will rebuild them and another who will sell new genuine struts for far cheaper than from Mopar direct or FCA, but... I'm looking next level. I want to replace the standard strut with a quality strut like a Bilstein or Koni, something that improves the vehicle. I do not think the standard suspension is bad, I mean how many cars out there handle like ours and can be super effective off road? But the shocks do struggle once the weight gets up there and I have had the LH front knock really badly once in some constant undulations, so much so, I would not take the vehicle into those sorts of conditions again, which makes me think about buying another car, which, I don't want to do right now.
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Thanks for that, I've found a couple of companies (in the US) who will rebuild them and another who will sell new genuine struts for far cheaper than from Mopar direct or FCA, but... I'm looking next level. I want to replace the standard strut with a quality strut like a Bilstein or Koni, something that improves the vehicle. I do not think the standard suspension is bad, I mean how many cars out there handle like ours and can be super effective off road? But the shocks do struggle once the weight gets up there and I have had the LH front knock really badly once in some constant undulations, so much so, I would not take the vehicle into those sorts of conditions again, which makes me think about buying another car, which, I don't want to do right now.


Can you use the current Trailhhawk shock in yours, I believe it has a longer throw.


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I have not found any information that says the 1st generation Trailhawk has a different strut compared to the Limited or other QL equipped vehicles. I did read the 2nd generation TH does have a different shock compared to regular GC's but it actually has less travel than my 2013 car according to the figures.
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