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Best shock mods I ever made...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 90K5, Mar 16, 2001.

  1. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    1. I decided to take off one of the front shocks (dual shocks) and i noticed a huge difference in the ride, can't believe I didn't do it sooner.
    2. Took those damn boots off, lots of water and mud poured out, never using boots again.

    90K5

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    BTW, I'm running RS 9000s

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    Does it matter which shock you take off the front??

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    There is one that bolts inside the mount, and one that bolts on to the side of the mount. Take the one on the side off, it is also the one that that is closer to the front of the truck, sometimes called the upper one.

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    Really that good huh?
    I've still got my duals up front and the thing rides like a tank. I hit a small hole in the road and it feels like I drop in a 3 foot crater.

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    I cut my boots off and the same thing happened, lots of dirt,little rocks,and water came out!

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    Any drawbacks to not having the boots?

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    In a previous post someone (don't remember who) said they took one of the front shocks off and it made it "handle like a pig" I believe was the quote. Do you notice any difference in the handling. I'm gonna try it anyway, the KYB's are pretty stiff.

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    The only drawback that i can think of it that some people don't like the way it looks. Personally, I think they look awesome without hte boots.

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    I will have to agree that taking off one of the front dual shocks made a huge improvement in the ride of our '90 Jimmy.
    The ride of our lifted Jimmy is now better than stock.
     
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    She rides like a Caddy over bumps I used to not like going over...maybe not a Caddy...more like a Buick with bad shocks...

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    If the shock boots collect mud, dirt and water, then I would say they are useless... maybe even harmful. I thought the reason for shock boots are to protect the piston from scratching and chipping. If the piston is scratched then it might tear up the gaskets and seals inside the shock when it compresses, eventually breaking it. Does this make sense... just my $.02.
     
  13. if it rides so much better with out duals then why do they sell them? are they only needed for really big tires and heavy axles? I was thinking of getting front and rear duals but i have to admit my main reason for doing it will be because i think it looks cool. maybe if i had 40" boggers they would help. what size tires are you guys running? also what's your opinion on dual steering stablizers?

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    Blue Beast... If you want duals so badly then just drill a hole into one of the shocks at each wheel. This way You have the good look but have the ride of singles. I have duals up front and I'm running 33" tires. It was a factory thing. I'm thinking it had something to do with my towing package...but not sure.

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    You know, until recently I thought all those people running multi-shock setups were nuts. I figured some of these rigs with rows of shocks might as well weld their suspension solid (which is probably true with normal shocks in series). However, someone on this board (or ORC?) mentioned that they are good when you combine multiple lower rate shocks. It helps because they have less resistance and so they heat up internally less as well as suffering less from aeration. This in better resistance to fade when used aggressively... Makes sense, never heard anyone actually give any excuse except "it looks cool" before that.

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  16. I think "it looks cool" is a perfectly good excuse! seriously though, I run singles and 35s and have somewhat of a bouncy ride. not that i want my rig to rid like a brick, but i thought some extra damping would help- and look cool. i don't dig the trucks with 10 hundred crome shocks either, just thought larger tires would need a little more damping-and look cool.

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    You actually should use the higher mount on the quad shock set up it gives better articulation but you have to trim the lower mount a bit for R9000s because of the larger base.

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    Duals help when going over rough terrain really fast. From the factory, each one was valved less, so they equaled each other, but who still ahs their factory shocks?

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    Actually when I bought my rig in June of last year, it still had teh factory shocks. Not anymore though.

    So which do I remove? I'm going to remove one of the shocks tomorrow. Do I remove the tall/front shock or the rear/shorter shock?

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    Well I went and took a shock off each side. Yes it does make a tremendous difference. Only thing is it feels like it has more body roll now. Could just be in my head but who knows.

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