Here's a shot of what the Walker Evans Shocks looke like right out of the box.
The Walker Evans Shocks come ready to install with bar pins and bushings already in place and can be rebuilt
As you can see here, I used zip ties to pre-compress my shocks prior to installing them
Remove your existing shock from the axle mount using a 15mm socket and an 18mm wrench
Remove your existing shock from the upper frame mount using a 13mm socket and 12" extension
As you can see here, the Walker Evans Shocks are mounted with the can side up in the rear of your Jeep
Unbolt your shocks from the axle using a 13mm deep socket and wrench
Using a pair of vice grips, hold the top of the shock stud while securing the lock nut supplied
As you can see here, the Walker Evans front shock is mounted can side down on the front of your Jeep
The Walker Evans Shocks do a great job on and off the pavement
Walker Evans Racing Shocks

In the 5 years that I've owned my Jeep TJ, I have run many different shocks including Rancho 5000's, Rusty's, BDS, Doetsch DT3000's and then DT8000's. Most of these I purchase because I needed something to fit the suspension I was running at the time but all were selected based on price first and then comfort quality second. Need I say, some of these shocks were bone jarring stiff while some were sea sickeningly spongy and then there were one or two that were comfortable enough for what I paid.

When I decided to buy my Walker Evans Racing Shocks, I decided to put comfort ahead of budget and let me just say, these are by far the best damn shocks I have ever ridden on. Sure, they were a bit pricey but I don't see myself going any taller with my Jeep TJ than I am right now (I won't be able to fit into the garage if I do) and because the Walker Evans shocks can be completely rebuilt, I really see these as the last shocks I will ever have to buy.

What You Will Need
Walker Evans Racing Shocks
• 13,15,18,19mm,9/16" Sockets/Wrenches
• 13mm deep socket
• Ratchet
• 3" and 12" Ratchet Extensions
• Torque Wrench
• Vice Grips
• Pliers
• Zip Ties
• Floor Jack

1. Park on level ground and spray your shock bolts with some PB Blaster.

2. Starting from the rear, climb under your Jeep and remove your existing shocks using a 13mm socket for the upper frame mount and then a 15mm and an 18mm socket and wrench for the bottom axle mount. A ratchet extension will really help out to reach the upper mounting bolts.

3 .
As I'm sure you've already noticed, the new Walker Evans Shocks are gas charged and so the shafts will already be fully extended. Only problem is that this can make things a bit more difficult to install. You can just muscle the shocks on your Jeep but I decided to make things easy by compressing them ahead of time using some zip ties. To do this, pre-assemble some zip tie into a loop, place it on one end of the shock, set the end vertically on the ground with a towel or carpet to protect the shock end and then compress the shock by pushing down on it. Once the shock is compressed enough, slip on the other end and then progressively ratchet down the zip tie ends using a pair of pliers. This can all be done by yourself but a extra set of hands will make this job a lot easier to do.

4. Walker Evans sells their shocks pre-assembled with bar pins and bushings already installed and so all you need to do from here is install your new shocks on the rear of your Jeep using the factory hardware.

5. On to the fronts, 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.

6. 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 ground.

7. Remove your wheel, set it aside and then proceed to remove your front shock. Unlike the rear of your Jeep, your front shocks are mounted with a stud mount on top and it will need to be held with a wrench or vice grips while unscrewing the nut with a 9/16" wrench. To remove your shock from the bottom axle mount, you will need to use a 13mm wrench and a 13mm deep socket or standard socket with a 3" extension.

8. Like the rear shocks, your new Walker Evans front shocks come pre-assembled with bar pins already in place. Proceed to install your new shock making sure that the polyurethane bushings sandwich your upper shock mount as shown in the pic to the left. Secure the top of the mounting stud with vice grips and then fasten the lock nut in place using a 9/16" wrench.

9. Reinstall your wheel, lower your Jack and then torque your lug nuts to 95 ft. lbs.

10. Repeat steps 6 - 9 on the passenger side but this time, 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.

Post Installation Notes & Review

Okay, so how do these things really ride? Let me just say, absolutely awesome!! I just took my Jeep TJ out to desert to give them a run for their money and these things just devoured rough terrain. Even the roughest, teeth rattling washboard roads were just soaked up. When I first decided to start the journey of modifying my Jeep, I resign myself to believing that the ride quality of my Jeep TJ would never be the same.... Today, not only is my ride quality good, I would honestly have to say it is better than stock ever was.

If you are in the market for a great set of shocks and comfort is paramount to price. I would highly recommend getting a set of Walker Evans Racing Shocks. They just might be the last shocks you will ever have to buy.

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