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Pics of F250 shock towers

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Shawn, Jun 14, 2000.

  1. Shawn

    Shawn 1/2 ton status Premium Member Author

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    Just got the longer F250 shock towers today for the 9012 Rancho shocks. These things are long! Not to worry since you can cut the bottom off and customize them to fit. The bottom has a slight bend in it which would mean fender well trimming so it should be cut anyway. Now I just need to mount them. If I have any problems, I'll let you guys know.


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    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    Thanks for that pic! I for one, would like to see a report on how it goes. I'm ordering mine today! Are you running 9012s for the rear also like Depdog?

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  3. Emmettology 101

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    What were the part numbers for those?

    And how long should they be cut to?(from very top to very bottom)

    Thanks!

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    Shawn,

    What years are those from? I would also like to get price and part number. Thanks.

    Neil

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    Call Parts Mike (530-885-0673), he has them for much cheaper than the Ford dealer. Shawn got his from Parts Mike, for about $15 each!

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  6. Shawn

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    Like Ken said, you can get them from Parts Mike. Ford Part # is E5TZ-18183-A. I'm not sure the exact years but I know a 1980 F250 will work. The funny thing is I just called another Ford dealer to verify the outragous $40 (each) I was quoted last week. The other dealer only wanted $17.30 each so if Parts Mike is out, you could hit the Ford dealer. Just make sure to verify the price first before you go there. I'm not sure how much to cut yet. I'll probably do a write up on off-road.com when I'm finished.

    Shawn
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    Do these look like there are able to be modified to work with dual shocks?
     
  8. Shawn

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    Not sure about the dual shock idea. I imagine you could get 4 of these mounts to do this or modify the single bracket somehow to accept two shocks.

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    Either Four Wheeler or 4-Wheel and Off-Road has a lift-kit article this month that shows an aftermarket dual shock mount for Fords. It replaces the single shock mount like the one in Shawn's picture. I can't remember for sure who makes it. Maybe Superlift?

    You really don't need dual shocks unless you're desert racing or like to jump your truck. You'll never overheat one of those 9012's rockcrawlilng or mud bogging.

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    I agree...we have factory dual front shocks on our '90 Sub and I removed one of them on each side. Just don't need to drive around in a brick!!! Dual shocks are pretty much useless unless you're banzai-ing out in the desert at high speeds.

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    BANZAI! Just kidding.
     
  12. Shawn

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    I'd have to agree with both Harry and Ken. The front dual shocks just made the K5 ride worse so I took them off. I really laugh at the show trucks running 4 shocks per wheel front and rear!

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    Dual shocks are setup to be valved at about 1/2 of what a normal single shock setup would be set at. They are used so that the heavy body will beable to absorbe the bumbs in the shocks and not cause fade over a short period of time.

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  14. Shawn

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    Tell Procomp that! My old Procomp 3000 shocks were supposely valved for a quad setup for the front but they weren't. With the 9000's, you could adjust them manually to get that setting. Also, having to buy 6 shocks sucks if you're on a tight budget.

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    That's what I had too, the ProComp shocks...4 of em up front (on a 6" Superlift)...rode worse than my 10" Superlifted dually!!! Off came the front 2nd shock per corner!!! Much nicer now!!!

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    I took off my extra shocks (Rancho 5000) and it rides a lot smoother. It rides like a Fire truck now instead of a lumber wagon. [​IMG] I plan on redoing the entire suspension this winter - I hope!!

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    I currently have 2 Crapo (read rancho) shocks from a quad shock setup on the front of my blazer. THEY SUCK! WHen I stop the nose keeps bobbing up and down. Not to mention the severe nose dive when under braking.

    I'm going quad.

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    I currently am running the Crapo (read rancho) 4" springs in the front, they are so stiff that I think I could run no shocks at all and I still wouldn't have any nose dive. My ride is so rough (how rough is it?) I used to be 6` 5" tall before I bought it now I am 5`11" tall. badda boom

    I must be getting tired
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    Ok, I'm way behind on this issue. Are these mounts bolt on? I will be buying new shocks all the way around in the next two weeks, I f I can buy 4 instead of six I can swing for the RS9000's. Are there any other modifications needed to run those 9012's?

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    Are you using the stock mount on the axle?Or a custom one?Brady
     

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