Ford 8.8 Rear Axle Question - were to mount the shocks for best performance?
I'm working on an 8.8 for my 95'. It has a 3.5" lift in the rear and a 3" up front. I've got the tubes welded, perchs mounted, and new brake parts ready. I'm just trying to decide how to mount the shock brackets.
At first I thought up high and level with the axle to keep them out of the damage zone. But then I thought that it might limit my travel due to using a shorter shock.
Right now I have rock-road BPE's and JK shocks. I plan on getting new shocks after the build and bump stopping acordingly.
What is everyones opinion????
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Originally Posted by N2Fix
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Raising your shock mounts is a good thing if you have shorter shocks because it will give you more droop. I used the JKS high shock mounts and they are great and mostly keep the shocks out of the rocks. My shocks are fairly long though, so it definitely limits my uptravel. Don't have them sticking any more than an inch below the axle tube.
You want to make sure that you maintain a reasonable amount of up travel, no less than 4", so your not bottoming out everytime you hit a pothole or drive down a fire road or have to carry something heavy in the jeep. You can only bottom out the shocks so many times before they either blow out or tear the mounts off. I had to mount mine are about an inch or two below the axle tubes to get a 12" shock. Just my.02
If you plan to tow with it or carry heavy stuff you might want to hook up the trailer to it with your whatever you usually carry to see if 1 or 2 inches is going to be good. You want to definitely make sure your not going to be bottoming out under load. Most of our jeeps are trail rigs and only carry as much as we need to, what we run may not work for a work/tow rig. You have to do whatever is best for your particular needs.
Most people including myself just run it as is. The difference is less than an inch so it's not a big deal. I run mine with 5x8 rims w/4" BS on 35's and it still has plenty of room between the tire and the leaf spring. I don't like spacers, they just seem kinda cheesy to me and I've heard of lots of people pulling them off because they cause vibs.
use something like these and mount them even with the bottom of the axel tube and as far out as you can. Like the picture Postaldave posted above , but with these you don't have to angle them, theay are double shear and the shock will rotate on the bolt .