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suggestion on shock measuring and mounting

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by readymix, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    On the front, i have the quad shock setup. I am going to get the ford towers and mount them. Will the stock hanger on the D60 be in a good location? or should i weld on a new set in a differnet location

    On the rear. I plan on moving the shock mounts to the top of the axle tube and building a crossmember to mount the upper shock to. Like what is seen on MOO.

    Where can i get the shock mounts for the axle?
    What direction should the shock bolts go. Left/Right - or - Fwd/Back? Looking for the rear and front axle.

    Here is the kicker. I don't have an RTI ramp in my pocket or access to anythning like that. If i try to use a loading ramp on the base they will surely have my A$$ in chains.:) Is there any other trick for measuring that i have not thought of.
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    You could use an engine hoist to lift a corner of the truck.:)
     
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    The only thing i have that could lift one corner of teh truck would be my floor jack. Don't think it will get high enough.

    I might just go buy a Hi-Lift jack and run a strap through the rim to lift it. It should go high enough but might not.
     
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    I'm lucky enough to know a farmer with a forklift :) As for the direction of the bolts and shock mounts, most people I've seen running Ford towers run the factory lower shock mount. Also, on the rear axle, all of the setups I've seen have the bolts running forward and back. If you think about the way the axle moves when your suspension cycles, it makes sense.
     
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    I saw that a long time ago...but had completly forgotten about it until now. I found the old stamped steel ones local for $11.75 ea. I will have to call the dealership back on monday and get a quote for these.

    Thanks for the info.


    Do you think they will put the shocks too close to the steering shaft or am i just looking at my truck wrong?
     
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    You can put the towers any way you want. I moved mine around to keep them as close to the same angle as the stock shocks were and they don't have any issues with the steering shaft.
     

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