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Shocks through the bed...Pro's & Con's or am i dreaming...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by zakk, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    OK, the Black Bear is the DD, so keep that in mind...

    I want extended rear shocks, but with the inboard (i think that is how u speel it) shocks, it makes the ride bad and facilitates body roll.

    I know when you inboard mount shocks, it lessens the amount of dampening the shock can provide. So now i want to mount the shocks trough the bed & stagger them both forward (as opposed to one forward, one rearward)

    I will move all mounts to the top of the axle tub.

    Does anyone see a problem with this design? or will it be too radical to even drive the Bear on the street?
     
  2. Corey 78K5

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    Re: Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    Zakk,
    If you do run them through the bed and have them on the same side of the axel then it would probably be best to run them twords the back. Reason being is as you springs comress it is natural for the rear axel to travel up and back. Running the shocks this way would create less bind and be a more natural movement.
     
  3. zakk

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    Re: Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    so would straight up be better over a rearward rake?
     
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    Re: Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    Running shocks thru bed:
    Pro
    -controles roll better
    -Looks cool
    Con
    -Longer shock is needed to get the same travel as if they were angled in at the top
    -Big hole(s) in bed


    I wouldn't do it because I want to keep the bed flat so I can use it as a p/u if I want. I also don't want to fork over the $$$ for shocks longer than 14" travel.
     
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    Re: Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    I would think that there wouldn't be that much of a diffrence between strait up and down or a rear rake that I know of, other than strait up and down may help with body roll a bit more. One thing to concider is if you go strait up and down then you will have more of the shock body protruding though the bed as aposed to being at an angle.
     
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    Re: Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    I plan on doing this also, as soon as my shocks get here. I'll be going straight up from the axle....you need something stouter than the top of the wheelwell to mount them to. I will have mounts that tie into my cage.
     
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    Re: Shocks through the bed...Pro\'s & Con\'s or am i dreaming...

    ????
     

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