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mounting shocks in front of the rear axle

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by camiswelding, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. camiswelding

    camiswelding 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone see a problem mounting shocks on the leading edge of the rear 14b... using a crossmember similar to MO off roads? (I am aware their setup does not put the shcoks at optimum anles)
    Im trying to get as much room aft for a between the rails tank conversion...

    anyone done this?
    thanks
    cam
     
  2. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    This is a fairly common problem/solution, so I'm moving to 2nd Gen.

    What you describe has been done lots of times and there should be no problems at all, except for those you seem already aware of. Good luck...
     
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    Both rear shocks on the front side of the rear axle? This is stock on a 1st gen...at least the mounting on the axle part.
     
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    If I remember right alot of fords run them like that in the stock form (both to the front) so I can't see any problems with that, they're just there to dampen the ride ( slow the spring rebound)
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Yeah, the only thing you really loose (as opposed to staggered) is marginal axle-wrap control. Not worth worrying about if you need the space.
     
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    thanks men of ck5!!!
     
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    Here's a couple pics of mine. I have been running them for a couple years now with no issue. The adjustable Rancho are nice when you inboard the shocks like this...

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