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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5-newbie, Sep 7, 2005.
just like the title says and also, how do you actually measure what length you need?
To measure what you need, compress the suspension on each corner to the max up travel(one at a time) and take a measurement between your shock mounts. Then do the same with the suspension at each corner at full droop.
That will give you extended and collapsed measurements to go by. Then looks for a shock with similar measurements.
Auto Zone has the Gab G63438's that are a 12" shock. Or Poly Performance has some good shocks.
Four Wheel Parts sells some hella long ES3000's, I think up to 18". I know they have 16's.
I got some pro comp shocks at summit racing for 35 ea. and they have about 15" of travel, IIRC..
yep I got the 15" travel Pro comp es9000's from summit. They are like $30 each and are nitrogen charged.
Bilsteins or BBCSs - Fully Rebuildable with Custom Valving ! Talk to "Beat95YJ", "GOAT1", "Gordon", "TRD" or/and "PIG" at PBB. These guys know alot about *real* shocks. (ProCraps and all other standard twin-tube shocks are all made by the same manufacture. In Asia IIRC ? )
when do ford shock towers come into play?
When you're maxing out travel on stock length shocks. Ford towers are pretty adaptable so you can mount 'em to give you as much room as you need.
My 4" BDS lift outflexed the shocks that came with the kit, and to go to longer shocks (12" travel) I had to go to Ford shock towers. With more lift, you can run a longer travel shock without needing the new shock towers. On the other hand, the towers are cheap and if you have a flexy suspension you will need them.
Skyjacker has the Platinum series shocks and the longest ones they show are:
#M9040E.....40" extended length and 25" collapsed length.
#M9045E.....45" ext. and 27.5" coll.
#M9050E.....50" ext. and 30" coll.
Thems sum long ones!
if u want nicer shocks my 2 cents are the bbcs. there powdercoated, valved for rockcrawling and are 15'' travel. they also make some that are 13'' travel. all depends on how nice u wana go
Yep, they are currently valved for leafsprings "only", but they will soon (?) come out with a improved version, with coilspringvalving available also. Again, fully rebuildable !
Damn, I just priced some GAB G63438's and they are $29 now. Used to be $19.
you guys think these would be good? Im shock stupid in case you hadn't guessed
Offcourse its the best - 255/70 Valving sounds about right, too..
hijack-- How do you read shock valving it does not make much sense to me at all--end hijack
Its different from evey shockmanufacture, but Bilstein uses a system were the numbers are the force in Newtons at .52 meters/second - these numbers are taken from a shock dyno curve. The first number is the rebound dampening and the second is the compression dampening, the higher the number the stiffer the shock will be. But like i said before, check out the above mentioned persons @ Pirate. They know *alot*..
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