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Going to lift 6"....which shocks should I get?????????????

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kickinasphalt, May 17, 2004.

  1. kickinasphalt

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    Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    Hello all! New to this board. I just bought a 1972 Chevy 1/2ton 4x4. I'm about to order a Tuff Country EZ-Ride 6" lift. I have the option of ordering thier SX8000 Nitro ($146) or SX6000 Hyrdo ($138) shocks. These prices are in my range but I was wondering are these decent shocks? Which one is best for me? I'm not a serious off-roader (like climbing rocks and stuff) but I do go down a lot of crap roads (live in rural ND) so I want a decent off-road shock but don't want it to ride super rough. Any other shocks manufactors/model recommendations? Thanks much!
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    I wouldn't use either of those shocks you mentioned.

    If you want cheap, go to the parts store and get some shocks. That's what I've got and they work great.

    If you want REALLY good shocks, look into getting a set of Bilsteins or Pro Comp MX-6's or any other monotube shock.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    Well for the small price difference I would get the nitro charged shocks.

    One brand of shock that really catches my attention is the new Bilstein shock with the piggy back reservor. Hodrod TV said they were a good shock that performed well and ran cooler like other dual reservor type shocks like Fox but are a lot cheaper. I haven't had any experience or heard much about them but depending on what they cost I might buy a set.

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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    Bilstein makes some really bad ass shocks in the 80-100 each range. One day I am going to get a set just to see how much effect they have on the control of my suspension.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    Thanks for the replies guys. What about Rancho RS9000 shocks? Are they any good? I really don't want to spend much over $75 per shock.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    I got my bilstien 5100 14" travel shockls from Jack It for $72 a piece.

    Nick
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

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    Thanks for the replies guys. What about Rancho RS9000 shocks? Are they any good? I really don't want to spend much over $75 per shock.

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    Rancho shocks are junk compared to the bilsteins.

    If you can get the 5100s for $72 a piece I'd jump all over that idea.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    These Bilstein 5100 sound like a good shock. I was looking at them here: http://www.jackit.com/Shocks/Bilstein_5100.htm but they don't list an specific shock for my pickup. Called that company up and he said I would really half to measure them with the lift and all in (plus have the vehicle jacked up to measure the max travel). Since I haven't installed the lift yet, I was wondering if anyone here new the measurements would be on a 71 Chevy with 6" lift. I assume the Blazers in this style would have the same shock mounts as the pickups but if I'm wrong let me know. Thanks!
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    5100s aren't designed for stock style mounts. They are designed for those of us that want to re-work our mounts for additional travel.

    Look for lower lines of Bilsteins if you want one that will fit like factory.

    Otherwise get four of the longest ones you can find and use ford towers up front. In the rear you have a number of options as well. Either way if you're willing to re-work your mounts, get the longest ones you can find.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    Get bilsteins /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    I would say the first thing you need to do is ask yourself what kind of wheeling/driving you plan on doing. I am also installing the TC 6 inch lift. I went ORD crossover and so dumped the swaybar. However, I don't do a lot of rock crawling, just general fourwheeling with some rocks, some mud, lots of sand, some canyon and river crossings, mostly desert exploration. I drive long distances on the slab to get there with a lot of gear. So, I didn't want to be swaying all over the road. I will be going with an adjustable shock that I can dial in for the asphalt, and change for the trail.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    When you say these shocks aren't ment for stock sytle mounts, how do they mount up then?
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

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    When you say these shocks aren't ment for stock sytle mounts, how do they mount up then?

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    Many of them are so long that they would be bottomoed out at ride height if you bolted them into stock mounts.

    They most likely take a 1/2" bolt to mount, but they'll require mounts that are much further apart.

    That's why most of us run the Ford towers.
     
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    Re: Going to lift 6\"....which shocks should I get?????????????

    Nitro shocks are nice but make your ride a little stiffer, but the help out with flex and dont fade nearly as bad(or mabe not at all)
    But if you have the $$$ Bilsteins are sweet
     

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