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Mounting shocks on top of axle?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Esteban86K5, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. Esteban86K5

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    I always hear and see guys mounting their shocks on the front and the rear of their rear axle. Is there a reason no one ever mounts them on top of the axle? other than that extra inch or 2 of length? I'm about to relocated my rears and just trying to find the best location for them. I'm planning on doing what Steve did to the UAV but if no one sees anuthing wrong with a top mount maybe I'll go with that. Let me know what you think.

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    Mine are being mounted on top. I have pictures taken but I need the roll developed yet. I used a spring perch with the shocks mounted side by side. I perfer them up on top just to get them out of the way of things.

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  3. Esteban86K5

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    See that's what I was thinking about. getting them out of the way. Now when you say side by side are you talking front or rear?

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    Top mounts are more likely to break off - they don't take much torsion as well as front or rear mounts - some older Mopars had top mounts from the factory, and they sucked big time.

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    I'm running duals per corner. So on the rear is the perch I have the 4 axel tabs mounted and the shocks are placed side by side at the top will be a 2" piece of box. The front I'm leaving them in the stock location for now.

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  6. HarryH3

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    Mounting the shocks with the mounts sticking out allows the shocks to help counteract wheel hop. (I.e, prevent the axle from rotating wildly back and forth). Most trucks have one shock mounted forward of the axle and the other mounted behind the axle so that one shock is in compression while the other is in rebound when wheel hop starts. If you mount the shocks directly on top of the axle tube, you'll lose the anti-rotational damping.

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