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Ford Towers?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Confedneck, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. Confedneck

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    How do you guys mount your ford shock towers? i plan on getting rid of my quad shocks soon and going to ford shock towers..but they're special order and i figure i should get some ideas on how to mount them, i was thinking like straight up and down like a ford is...with grade 8 hardware and some plates behind the frame for the nuts/lockwashers to rest against...any pics would be appreciated..TIA
     
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    <font color="green"> THey're hard to do straight up and down, you'd have to redo the mount on the axle too. It'e easier just to cut some length off the bottom of them and bolt them up where the old mount is. Just remove the old mount from the frame, reuse the holes from the rivets that hold the factory mount on and drill a 3rd one to get the new tower mounted up solid. Hope you don't have a manual with a mechanical linkage, the driver's side on those are a bitch to get to fit. </font>
     
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    Here is what i did, i dont really like the angle and plan on moving them in front of the "bump" on the frame. I have my axle moved fpward 1.5"s which is why it looks strange and needs to be moved
     
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    yeah i was kinda thinkin about mounting them like that..but not quite so angled, and not totally straight...i have hydro clutch as well...how much did you pay for your towers? im getting them for like 17.98 each or somethin like that, sound right?
     
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    <font color="green"> Mine were given to me by someone that didn't need them anymore. </font>
     
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    so what kind of ford towers are those? i was gonna get some from an 02 superduty f250...and they're different than those..
     
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    1980 F250 shock tower part number E5TZ-18183-A Had to cut about three inches off the bottom..
     
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    Where do you order them from?

    And what about shock length? still them same?
     
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    do you know if the newer ones like from an 02 would fit? the shocks mount the same way, i bet they're the same size, the new ones look more stout than those older style...
     
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    <font color="green"> You can get them from any Ford dealer, and the shocks are much longer. Basically they allow you to use the longest shocks that are readily available, about 32" extended and 15" of travel. </font>
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    E5TZ-18183-A

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    Plug that part number in This Link
    and you can get them for $9.28/ea + shipping /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Why would you run Ford towers and then lower your bumpstops like that?
     
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    Actually those bumb stops where on the truck like that when I got it.. I just left them on to see how it would work out.. I need to take them off..
     
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    Rancho used to include those bump stop lowering blocks with their 2.5 inch lift kit. If you didn't install the blocks, they wouldn't honor the warranty. I'm sure their idea was to prevent the springs from getting negatively arched and bending the springs so that the lift would end up dropping lower. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    I know. I had them with my 4" Rancho kit I got too.

    Can Ford towers be done with a mechanical clutch?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I know. I had them with my 4" Rancho kit I got too.

    Can Ford towers be done with a mechanical clutch?

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    I have them with a mechanical clutch, it requires some pretty heavy modification on the tower for the driver's side, but it can be done. You dan see the tower in this pic, taken from the engine bay. It has an extra peice welded to the back of it to stiffen it up, since alot of the support on the back side needed to be cut off to clear the clutch linkage.

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    I am just wondering how you determined where to cut them at or how much to trim them, I already heve them but dont know how much to chop off /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     

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