1982 FJ40 Shock question (1 Viewer)

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Noobie here. First post. I am changing the shocks on my 1982 FJ40. Ordered Old Man Emu shocks and anticipate they will arrive any day. I noticed when I removed the old shocks that all had a washer on both sides of the shock bushing except the rear uppers. These had no inside washer, but only the outside washer. Is this normal, or should I add an inside washer when I put the new shocks on? Also, my current hardware is a lock washer and nut to secure the shocks. Should I switch to Neoprene locking nuts or stick with the same setup? Thanks for any advice.
 

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Welcome to Mud.

It's been long enough since I replaced the shocks on my 1980 that I don't remember the washer situation, but I also don't remember any unusual washer configuration - just the normal dished ones that came with my (Bilstein) shocks. I can go look in the morning when there's light to see though.
 
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Welcome to Mud.

It's been long enough since I replaced the shocks on my 1980 that I don't remember the washer situation, but I also don't remember any unusual washer configuration - just the normal dished ones that came with my (Bilstein) shocks. I can go look in the morning when there's light to see though.
Thanks for your prompt reply- that would be great.
 

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Thanks for your prompt reply- that would be great.

The (Bilstein) shocks on my 1980. As you can see, there's just the convex washers that came with the shocks. I used the plain nuts and lock washers that were there previously.

Upper rear shock mount:

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Upper front shock mount:

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There should be two dished washers that slightly cup around the rubber bushing on each end. So 4 cupped washers for a single shock installation. A regular flat washer would suffice as a replacement, but new shocks that I have seen do come with the cupped washers for each end, Bilsteins shocks anyway, can't speak for others.
 
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Got it done. Rides great! Thanks for making my first Mud experience work out well. I'm sure to have lots more questions as I get to know this FJ better.
 

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