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Suspension travel and shocks

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Hardcore, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. Hardcore

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    Looking at building a crossmember in the rear to mount my shocks in a /\ fashion. I also am looking at purchasing the Missouri offroad setup to save myself some headaches. Either way I am going to need long shocks. The decision that I am trying to make is how long of shocks do I need. I'm going to be running a 4" Flip and 4" springs.

    Should I run shocks that are at the center of there travel when mounted up. This would give the suspension even up travel and down travel. (Ex: a 14" travel shock, 7" up,7" droop) I think the suspension would have more down travel so I'm thinking about getting slightly longer shocks so that the suspension can move down more (Ex. 15" shock 6" up, 9" droop) What is ya'll experince with suspension travel up vs travel down and where are your shocks in that travel range when sitting on flat ground?
     
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    Engineer your setup so your axle can travel up to the bumpstop, then use whatever is left for down travel.
     
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    I'd jack the truck up at the bumper and measure how much drop you have. then you know about how much down travl you will need. I'd always give extra on the drop. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Engineer your setup so your axle can travel up to the bumpstop, then use whatever is left for down travel.

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    I thought of that but the bumpstops are supposed to keep the shock from bottoming out so I wanted to do them after I positioned the shocks. The placement of the bumpstops for 8" of lift is pretty low and will limit the flex. Given the fact that I will have a soft setup and cut fenders I probably will be able to flex the suspension to the position of the bumpstop for a 4" lift............Does that make any sense? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    I'd jack the truck up at the bumper and measure how much drop you have. then you know about how much down travl you will need. I'd always give extra on the drop. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    That is probably the way I'll have to do it. Like you said I think I'll need more down travel than up.


    Anyone else running a similar setup?
     

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