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Ford shock towers w/man. linkage

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Shiprekd, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. Shiprekd

    Shiprekd 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone installed these on their rigs that had manual clutch linkage? interference problems?

    I bought the towers but haven't started putting them in. I would hate to go thru all the work to find they interfere with the linkage. I've got a set of remote res. 14" travel shocks I want to stick up front.....
     
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    I dont knwo what a manual setup looks like, but this is what it looks like on my auto.

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    The manual linkage sets just to the fenderwell side of the frame. Which from my vantage point, and your pic, the linkage would seem to hit the tower at 2/3 to 3/4 compression.

    I'm hoping someone has tried the towers with man. to find out whether they ran into problems.

    The pic is much appreciated...
     
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    It's been covered in the garage quite a few times, I can remember seeing pics out there. Try doing a search.
     
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    I did search and found one short thread on it (a ton of others for auto) but not much explanation and no pics.

    Just going to have to add pics/mods needed when I get done with mine.
     
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    Thanks a ton...

    I was thinking about moving it as far forward as possible as well. Might put some heat on the original shock "bump" on the frame and try to knock it down a lil.

    I want to avoid notching the tower as much as possible.

    Again, thanks a ton..
     
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    I don't have a manuel. I bought some towers but, was real lazy to install them. so I went the easy route. here's a pic. that's a 12.5 travel shock and I just used the factory aux shock mouting locatin. btw. I have 4" springs with a 1" zero rate. maybe u can go this route.


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    Odds are that won't work for most people. That second mount you have there isn't as common.
     
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    I know that's why I said maybe that would work.
     
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    Thanks guys... Mine had the second mounts originally but someone removed them by the looks of it.

    I wound up heating the rearward portion of the bump on the frame and gingerly knocking it down. That allowed me to locate the bracket forward enough to clear the arc of the Z-bar. I have to snag a pic of that side but here's a pic of the passenger side with the 14" travel pro comps....

    The remote line looks like it's in the way of the body of the shock, but it's just the angle that the pic was taken on.

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    As soon as I get enough time, I want to fab up some mounts to relocate the resevoirs to the frame aboveand forward of the shackles..​
     
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    Here's a pic of it installed on the drivers side, I cut the fender well back enough to see:

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    I know this thread is a few days old, but I was unable to find a good picture of how the new style towers were notched for the manual linkage so I thought I would share what I did this afternoon.

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