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advantage of dual shocks?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big83chevy4x4, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. big83chevy4x4

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    i ordered some rancho 5012s (still at friends house) then a few days ago on ranchos site that the 5012 are specially valve for use with multipul shocks /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif

    so i got to thinking, what are the advantage of dual shocks besided looks? i think i would be able to jump it and not have as much problem blowing the shocks out or breaking them, (twice as much piston volume /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif)

    any thing else? i may just order another set and throw those on as well.
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    so i got to thinking, what are the advantage of dual shocks besided looks? i think i would be able to jump it and not have as much problem blowing the shocks out or breaking them, (twice as much piston volume )

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    Ummm, no and especially with those crap 5000's. You'll start breaking stuff on the frame, ask me how I know /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    If ya want to jump, step up in shock class a little bit and get a shock that is higher quality like the Bilsteins.
     
  3. big83chevy4x4

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    that makes sence. i just don't have the money for bilstens or the like, i paid nothing for the shocks that i got, traded a bunch of 6 lug wheels that i coundn't even use for a set of rs5000 of my choise.

    but since the shocks i have a valved for such, should i go dual? this will matter for the shock brackets i use, ford towers or make my own.
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

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    There is absolutely nothing to be gained by adding another crappy twin tube shock to the assembly.

    A larger bore monotube will help you gain control if that's what you're after.

    Suspension movement without control is essentially worthless in my opinion. Shocks are so important to the proper operation of your suspension, its amazing the difference you will see when you change it.

    I can't wait to tear down my suspension this winter and get some 5150s on mine. It'll be an entirely different truck when I'm done.
     
  5. rjfguitar

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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.
     
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    Duals are less prone to heat fade cause each shock is only doing half the work. I think duals are over-rated for most use. As for what to expect, crap shocks are well... crap shocks. I am not saying don't run them I use the rebadged version called the pro-crap 3000. It is a little stiff to say the least. A nice shock like a bilstien will compliment a nice spring (52's, BDS, TC-EZ, ect). It won't do as much on a cheap spring (pro-comp, rough country, ect).
     
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    Ok so think about this. If you have 1 adjsutable shock on the softest setting, and you add another on the softest setting, it rides better now. Couldnt you have just turned up the one shock to make it a little harder in the first place?

    Reason I ask is because my buddy added dual shocks, and I think it was worthless when he could have just made the 1 shock frimer.

    Am I right or not?
     
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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.

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    Can I go play in the desert with it?

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    yeah right...you'll lose all the armor all off the tires /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Only reasons for multiple shocks are to get firmer valving or to spread the heat load out. For what we do, stiff enough valving isn't too big a deal, heavier trucks that are used hard may want more than you can get in a 2" body but most of the time a single 2" shock will do it.
    If you're looking at heat problems, you'll be farther ahead buying a single good shock than multiple twin tubes since a gas monotube shock is much more fade resistant.

    The days of 10 zillion shocks are gone, even desert race trucks are down to running 1 or 2 shocks these days. They're really cool shocks, but they still only run one or two.
     
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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.

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    Can I go play in the desert with it?

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    [/ QUOTE ]Don't know what you would do with it, there's no mud or sleds to pull out in the desert. /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif
     
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    yeah right...you'll lose all the armor all off the tires /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]After looking at your gallery, yours could use a little tire shine. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.

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    Can I go play in the desert with it?

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    [/ QUOTE ]Don't know what you would do with it, there's no mud or sleds to pull out in the desert. /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif

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    Don't know what the hell you'd be pulling the sled with a rig at 106.5" wheelbase for anyway, especially not one with boggers. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.

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    Can I go play in the desert with it?

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    [/ QUOTE ]Don't know what you would do with it, there's no mud or sleds to pull out in the desert. /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif

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    Don't know what the hell you'd be pulling the sled with a rig at 106.5" wheelbase for anyway, especially not one with boggers. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] Can't pull it far enough, thats why I'm tossing in the towel on the K5 and am very close to buyiing a 2001 Dodge quad cab long bed 2500 4x4 with a 24v cummins of course. The one I am probably going to purchase is red, sport package, and black leather.
    http://www.cypressautosales.com/showitem.cfm?itemnum=616.0
    Should have it here in a week or two.
     
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    i think i will make my own mounts and try a single shock on it and see how i like it. then i always can put the other one on it and try that out also.

    i wish i could afford some bilstiens, but like i said i got these preaty much for free.
     
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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.

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    Can I go play in the desert with it?

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    [/ QUOTE ]Don't know what you would do with it, there's no mud or sleds to pull out in the desert. /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif

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    I'd see just how many seconds those fancy dual shocks would last before they started blowing up................

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    Mine handles and rides a tad better after I went dual upfront, plus it looks better.

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    I thought mine rode about 100% better without the duals. Flexes better for sure /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Can't pull it far enough, thats why I'm tossing in the towel on the K5 and am very close to buyiing a 2001 Dodge quad cab long bed 2500 4x4 with a 24v cummins of course. The one I am probably going to purchase is red, sport package, and black leather.
    http://www.cypressautosales.com/showitem.cfm?itemnum=616.0
    Should have it here in a week or two.

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    What happenned to the 2004? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Can't pull it far enough, thats why I'm tossing in the towel on the K5 and am very close to buyiing a 2001 Dodge quad cab long bed 2500 4x4 with a 24v cummins of course. The one I am probably going to purchase is red, sport package, and black leather.
    http://www.cypressautosales.com/showitem.cfm?itemnum=616.0
    Should have it here in a week or two.

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    What happenned to the 2004? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

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    It was an 03 and I only drove it because IIRC it has the exact same power numbers as an 01 and 02, I just wanted to see if I liked the 6spd(which I don't). I prefer the 94-02 body style, plus the 03 was $35K. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     

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