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I'm running the 12 1/4" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Emmettology 101, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. Emmettology 101

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    I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    I said what they hay this weekend and put them on with the stock mounts. I ran a rock crawl this weekend without problems!
    HAs anyone else tried this?

    I was goign to try and get a small rubber washer to fit on the sohck rod to watch travel but I didn't have time.

    So far, no problems!
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    How is the ride with those? Are they softer than a RS5000?

    rene
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    It's been quite a few years since I had 5000's, but they do ride nice! These are a valve sensing shock. One thing I noticed right off the bat about them is that they push open. The Superlift and Explorer 3000's I had on it before wouldstay wherever you pushed them into but resisted pulling apart. These resist being compressed and once compressed they would psh out to full extension(slowly)..

    The ride is nice!
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    I believe that's because they are nitrogen charged, right?
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    They are what Gab calLs a VST(Velocity Sensitive Technology ) shock. And as I look through their site, they are a Nitro charged shock.. However when you shake them, I can hear a liquid in them..
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    Instead of hunting a rubber washer just use a zip tie.
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    Ya, forgot about that trick. I looked the shocks over and didn't notice any leakage or damage so all is well! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    part numbers pleasE ?
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    You can get them at Auto Zone, they are Gabriel part number G63438

    The application according to Gabriels site is a 73-8? Blazer(and other chevys) with a 4" lift!
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    All gas charged shocks push themselves open. The liquid is the hydraulic fluid that shocks use to work. The damping comes from the fluid being forced through a valve. The gas charge is in another section and is used to keep the shocks cool.
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    the nitrogen keeps the fluid from foaming
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    Its nice someone else talking good about Gabriel shocks besides me. I switched from Ranchos to Gabriel LT shocks with the VST valving 2 years ago. Still no problems. I think they are a lot better shock then the rancho 5000s.They are quite a bit cheaper too. They Improved the ride and made my truck handle a lot better off road and on the pavement. They seem to react to changing conditions faster and better than Ranchos.
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    Someone else posted the number here and I just went out and bought them. They seem nice so far... /forums/images/icons/smile.gif And at $19.99 ea. you cant beat'em!
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    $20 /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif . I wonder if these will work with a 2.5" lift?
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    THey will if you make new front and rear mounts.... I bet they would have a slightly shorter shock with a similar price..
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    I will have to go check that out. I presently have procomp3000 all the way around. Good on the back becuase they are saggy old springs. The front is WAY TOO Stiff. I catch air hitting some expansion joints around here at 65 (we don't have the best roads /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif )
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    I checked Gab's site and all they list are stock shocks and 4" lift shocks. The G63438 are the rear shock. THey do list a G63437 which is a front shock for a K5 with a 4" lift. But they dont list dimensions. Usually the front shocks are a few inches shorter, so this may work good for you all the way around on a 2.5" lift for articualtion...
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    Yea I don't want to go any softer on the rear 'cause it allready feels like it's close to bottoming out like it is now. Would I have to put extended mouts or do you think it would work ok for the front for a dd?
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    Which Gabriel shocks do you have the Red Ryders or the Sport Ryders? From the price I assume the Sports, since the Reds are cheaper and look smaller...Could be the VST LT shocks, but those are $39.99 /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif
     
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    Re: I\'m running the 12 1/4\" travel Gabriel shocks with my stock mounts!

    I been running these shocks for 4-5 years.
    Find some place you can get the truck flexed up all the way. Take the sway loose and the shocks that are on it loose. Once flexed measre the compressed and extend lengths. Take those mesurments to the Zone. They should have a chart with all the Gabrials specs. take an inch off the compressed lenghts. This is so you don't ever bottom out the shocks. If they bottom then it could break the shock mounts off. Bottoming out is supose to be handled by the bump stops.
    Find the shocks that match the travel the closest. That will give you the most travel possible. I need to go buy a new set for Dollar. The rear has come up three inches and the front one so I need a little more shock now. Everybody is so hip on relocating the rear shocks. I never had a problem with the shocks being my limiting factor on the rear. My parking brake cables are my problem. The retainer clibs have long since broken and when I get max flex the cable case pulls out of the bracket and sttarts applying the parking brakes. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
    Yeah the front is a different story. My shocks do limit my down travel.
     

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