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Pro Comp Shocks Right Side Up?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BorregoK5, Feb 26, 2002.

  1. BorregoK5

    BorregoK5 1/2 ton status

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    Can you run the Pro Comp ES3000 either way? I've seen numerous trucks with them mounted right side up and upside down, today spotted an article with the ex President of explorer pro comp's truck running them with the boots at the bottom and now I'm wondering which way "is" up?

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    Well, Esteban told me that I was running one of mine "upside down" and that it wouldn't work right. I have one right side up and one upside down because of clearance issues on the 14bff shock mounts (which I still have not repositioned up out of harm's way!) And it sure feels like I don't have much shock cushioning back there, so maybe he is right...I believe that they need to be mounted with the piston up...I guess you could call your local 4WP store and ask them to make sure...

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    My 3000's are mounted shock boot up. The body of the shock (white part) is on the bottom.



    Eric
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  4. BorregoK5

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    I have mine mounted shock boot up and they feel real stiff. I was contemplating flipping the rear and seeing if there was any difference. Right now the compression is stiff and the extension is soft.. I'd imagine flipping would change that characteristic but know that many shocks should not be run upside down. Unfortunately their site says nothing to either effect... hmmm.

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    I'm runnin my fronts upside down &amp; the rears rightside up.
    I tried either way and I got the best ride the way they are now. With the rears upside down it leaned and rolled to much for me.
    Jim

    88 Silverado K5 5.7-700R-208-10 bolts-4.56-35in
    Procomp AT's- some ORD stuff & a CV driveshaft
     
  6. BorregoK5

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    Are you using the pro comps 3000's? And by right side up you mean boot on the top , right?

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    my 3ooo's were installed saturday with the boot on top . they wrer ment to be installed so that you can read the word's printed on the shocks!!!! it's a personel thing how soft or hard you want them depending on the way you choose to mount them.my2$
     
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    The shocks get soft because of they are airating(sp?). That is when the air (or nitrogen) gets mixed up in the oil and turns it into wipped cream. Sounds like a good way to mess up a perfectally good pair of shocks to me. Also when you flip the shock over you will not change the rebound/compression beacuse that is all in a valve on the piston.

    Maybe the ProComp guy was running their new monotube shocks that are to come out in the spring??? You can run monotube shocks (ie. Bilstines) without problems because the oil and nitrogen are not in contact with each other but are seperated by a floating piston.

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    Yeah, the airiating is what I was concerned over. Take a look at Explorer Pro Comps ex-Presidents truck, try not to laugh to hard but once you get past that check out the shocks on the rear. Pro comp ES3000's, same as I have... I wonder what the deal is with them.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.truckworld.com/4x4-OffRoad/96ProCompToyota/Toyota-4x4.html>Upside Down Mounting</a>

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.off-road.com/4x4web/features/oct96/susp1.jpg> Same Lift on a Chevy with ES3000's</a>

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.crawlerz.com/tech0005.htm> This TJ kit shows them upside down again.</a>

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.explorerprocomp.com/images/4wdchevysystemsmain_17.jpg> Then right on the Pro comp site their blazer kit shows the front upside down..</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.explorerprocomp.com/4wdchevysystems.html> the original url</a>

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    If you see the actual shock on the housing it is boot up. the traction bars have dual shocks with the boots down. so he has 3 shocks per rear wheel. I would run the extras upside down too cus running 3 the boot up way would be way stiff. Esteban had his mounted upside down and I saw the video of the rear just bouncing for days after he jumped a bump.



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    What do you mean, Where did I get it??...I <font color=blue>BUILT</font color=blue> the damn thing!!
     
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    On a GAY truck like that I would not be suprised if he just put them there to look "cool". They might even be drilled out and have no oil in them?

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  12. BorregoK5

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    That was my feeling at first, but I keep finding all these people who should be credible with them upside down, see last post for link updates. I'm going to have to call them in the morning and ask what gives... especially having pics on their own site.

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  13. Esteban86K5

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    Like mentioned above, I ran mine upside down for about 4-5 months because of clearance with the 14 bolt mounts. The truck rode so nice because it was SOFT. But whenever I hit a speed bump or dip it would basically buck the rear end really hard and then would take forever to stop bouncing. Once I relocated my Upper and lower mounts and repositioned the shocks with the boots up the truck was like night and day. no more bouncing and no more bucking bronco. So that's my story and I'm sticking to it!![​IMG]




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    Well, good, I've got mine on right but still not what I'd like as far as ride. Once you remounted yours angled in, did it smooth out the ride considerably. I assume it would since 4" of travel at a 45 deg angle only travels 2"...

    Oh, and I called Explorer Pro Comp and baffled the rep as to why their pics show them upside down... he pretty much verified what we thought of the ex-prez as well [​IMG].

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    Well I went from a 10 bolt, 2 1/2 inch blocks and worn out shocks, to a 14 bolt, shackle flip and upside down shocks for about 5 months. So I didn't exactly get to see a comparison right away. I do know that my truck rides better now than ever, BUT I have done a lot of different things to contribute to that.




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