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Offline 1967KaiserM715

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Shocks for mild lift
« on: October 04, 2016, 07:02:59 PM »
I did add-a-leaf on my truck, the old front shocks went back in all right, had to compress a couple inches; somewhere between 2 and 3 inches, and the front doesn't sag much when lifted, so they should be fine.

the rears however will not go back in, at full extension they are still 1/2" too short. I even stood on the tail end and had my brother up there as well(say 400lbs on the end of the frame) it barely sagged, so if anything the bed will barely affect the level it sits right now.

can't remember the exact measurements, but the old shocks I think, are 14" compressed, and 23.5" extended. I think a 16 compress and 26ish extended would probably work. I'll need to measure sag, then find a way to measure compression, as I can't get the truck to really compress any more then a few inches, I twist the frame and start to lift the front....but as I write this, compression doesn't really matter, I can do bump stops to limit upward travel.

Is there a way to find a Monroe equivalent shock for lifted trucks, or am I stuck with going aftermarket, like skyjacker/rancho/bilstein(I wish)??
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Offline fitz

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Re: Shocks for mild lift
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2016, 05:48:00 PM »
http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/smforum/index.php?topic=23982.msg200490#msg200490.

When I installed my 2"  tough country front springs, I used the Dodge shocks recommended in this post. It may work for your rear shocks. 
Be careful trying to use the stock shocks if they are to short, I've seen this tear the mounting bolt away from the frame.

Offline 1967KaiserM715

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Re: Shocks for mild lift
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2016, 08:16:24 PM »
http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/smforum/index.php?topic=23982.msg200490#msg200490.

When I installed my 2"  tough country front springs, I used the Dodge shocks recommended in this post. It may work for your rear shocks. 
Be careful trying to use the stock shocks if they are to short, I've seen this tear the mounting bolt away from the frame.
Thanks, I'll look into those, and I'm not going to use the stock shocks if they're too short. Like I said the fronts seemed fine(although 1 is bad, so I need new ones anyways) the rears were the worst offenders too short right off the bat. I'm going to measure droop then get a shock 1" longer and use bump stops to prevent the shocks from bottoming.


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Re: Shocks for mild lift
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2016, 07:05:41 AM »
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Re: Shocks for mild lift
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2016, 12:56:54 AM »
Also, most parts stores that sell Monroe shocks should have an index of shocks, in order by part #, if the counterman is willing to spend the time to match upper and lower mounts, compressed length, and extended length for you, you should be able to come up with something. Barring a whole lot of good luck, plan on being there awhile, and be willing to let your counterman stop and help other customers. It might take an hour or more to get the 'right' shocks.
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