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Ford shock towers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BLZN4FN, Apr 20, 2003.

  1. BLZN4FN

    BLZN4FN 1/2 ton status

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    I have the Ford towers on the ft. I am looking into rear shock positions has anyone used or have any input on trying to put them on the rear for more flex? Let me know what you all thinkl hell I might be out in left feild somewhere /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif
     
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    One word:

    Inboarded.
     
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    unless you had like a 6" body lift, it will be in the cab.

    Some people do the angled inward route. no need for the ford shock tower.
     
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    <font color="green"> I was just toying with this idea over the weekend. I want to put the long RS9000s on the rear without inboarding them, and I don't want to go through cutting the bed and making shock towers. It appears that with the Ford towers the shock body would hit the frame since the top eye is not far enough from the framerail, if that makes any sense. If you put them on the inside of the frame then it might work. You would either need to lay the shocks at more of an angle or cut some holes in the floor of your truck to use the towers. </font>
     
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    Marv Springer does this. might want to do a search on shock mounts. that was covered extensively a while back, including pics.
     
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    I just went through this. I even have the Shock towers bought for the rear sitting on the shelf. I run a 3" body lift so I thought that it would work out. When I went to put it all on, I found that the extra hight of the Towers would have been to much for the 5012's. I ended up drilling out new holes in the frame and it worked out well for me.
     
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    Zakk's right.... I run the Ford shock brackets on the rear....

    This is an old picture, but you can see the Ford bracket in there if you look. It's mounted facing forward (bolt runs East &amp; West) on the front side of the original frame shackle bracket. The top of the shock winds up being right up against the bed floor just in front of the filler neck.

    Hope this helps.... /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Marv
     
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    Hey Marv,
    do you have any other pics that you can send to me?
    Or do you have any close up's? Also what is your opinion
    on this how well does it work?
    Thanks,
    Bo
     
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    Ditto that, I'd like to see some close up pics as I am getting ready to do my rear shocks. I plan on ordering the MO lower shock mounts and was going to go inboard but would rather stay outboard if I could.
     
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    I put my RS99012's right on the factory mounts.

    I am using a 14B FF from a 2WD. Seem to remember hearing that they hang a little lower than the 4wd version (this is from a 78 for what it matters).

    With 6" of lift, they fit perfect.
     
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    I mounted mine out-board of the frame AND the spring, it tappers to the center, when viewed from the back.
    Upper mount is just a bit above the frame, lower mount is slightly below the axle tube, mounted off the tube and brake backing plate.

    I wanted the shock to act a bit like a sway-bar. Make the thing handle a bit more predictable. (As I like the skinny pedal /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif)


    you can kinda see it here
     
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    Eric,
    Do you have any other pics or could you get some for me?
    thanks
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I mounted mine out-board of the frame AND the spring, it tappers to the center, when viewed from the back.
    Upper mount is just a bit above the frame, lower mount is slightly below the axle tube, mounted off the tube and brake backing plate.

    I wanted the shock to act a bit like a sway-bar. Make the thing handle a bit more predictable. (As I like the skinny pedal /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif)

    you can kinda see it here

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Mine are like (or rather similar) to Twiz, mounts on the spring plates, tops above the frame and angled forward. When the axle goes down, it also goes forward, so the angle works with the axle to effectively increase the length. Also, 5012s are way stiff on a light in the rear rig like mine, so the angle softens them up nicely...
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Eric,
    Do you have any other pics or could you get some for me?


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    I've got a picture of a picture, will that work ?

    Pic 1

    Pic 2

    Like I said above, I wanted to stabilize the rear, so the springs wouldn't unload hard after a turn.

    The way it's set up here, when the axle articulates or the chassis leans. The shocks are close to 100% effective.
    On the other hand, when the suspension is compressed verticaly and evenly. The shocks are about 80% effective.
    So, idealy. The ride should be as smooth as possible, yet still be stable.
    Well... thats the theory, anyway. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     

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