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New front shock mounts?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Gold Rush, Sep 23, 2001.

  1. Gold Rush

    Gold Rush 1/2 ton status

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    Alright everyone give me your opinions. I was thinking on how to improve front travel without costing much. How about putting in a crossmember and mounting top of shocks to it so there wouldn't be a need for super long travel shocks?? Like so many have changed the mounting position in the rear, why wouldn't the same idea work in the front? The angle would be inward and the shocks wouldn't need to twist like they do now.
    Let's hear your ideas on whether this would work or not!!!


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  2. 55Willy

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    I say go for it, i don't see any difference then the rear set up's people are running. Who knows if it turns out killer we all may be needing to do some fabbing

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    I think I've seen a picture of this front shock idea on the board here, If I remeber right, the dude was flexing out on a semi-truck loading ramp or something like that. Can't remmber for sure, but in the pic, it looked like he had the front shocks inboard the frame rails and tilted in at the top. Even so, I would think that there would be a clearence issue with the shocks and engine oil pan area. If the axle moved streight up, not articulated, there might be a problem. Kinda' depends on how much lift tho'. On the street, I think a sway bar would be manditory, with the shocks located inboard and tilted inboard there would be almost no reststance to body sway in a turn.

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    You can get 13.5" travel Doetsch shocks for less than $40 each - Probably far less than it would cost (atleast headache wise) to relocate the mounts to a cantilever-type setup.

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    $40 bucks !? Now ya tell me!

    I like the shocks mounted out-side the frame rails, this way it would help with body sway and make it more preditable. The Ford shock tower thing seams to be a easy way to go to get the upper shock mount located higher to clear the longer front shocks. Just my opinion.

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    $26.69 for the DT-3000 hydraulic, or $34.39 for the Prerunner cellular gas from Summit Racing.

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    What'da ya doin'? Rubbin' it in? -jerk! [​IMG]

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    Don't I just suck?!?[​IMG]

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