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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Long travel shock mounting options.

I tried searching around a bit and didn't come up with much. I'm looking into maybe outboarding the front and rear shocks this winter. All the ones that I have seen so far, people switch over to the bolt hole style upper mount. Has anyone done a front outboard and retain the stud style upper mount? I was thinking of using the ford towers and hacking the bolt holes off and welding a flat piece with a hole for the stud.

I would like to keep the shocks I have. No reason to buy new ones when there is nothing wrong with these. They are already longer than needed for the amount of lift.

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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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I don't understand going to long travel shocks but still sticking with stud mount shocks. Why?
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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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The front shocks are outboard of the frame from the factory. What are you looking to gain if you are keeping the current shocks?

I know Mudb8 has raised the front shock towers while keeping the stem mount on top. Pictures can be found in his thread on shock shifters and long shocks.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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I don't understand going to long travel shocks but still sticking with stud mount shocks. Why?
I'm trying to retain the shocks that I already have which came with a 4" lift. Now that I have 2.5" coils I figure I could try to utilize them the best I can. Does the other style offer that much advantage over stud mount?


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The front shocks are outboard of the frame from the factory. What are you looking to gain if you are keeping the current shocks?

I know Mudb8 has raised the front shock towers while keeping the stem mount on top. Pictures can be found in his thread on shock shifters and long shocks.
I may have misused the word outboard. Long travel is really what I meant. I'm trying to gain as much travel as I can being that the shocks are for a taller lift.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 03:32 AM   #5
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I'm trying to retain the shocks that I already have which came with a 4" lift. Now that I have 2.5" coils I figure I could try to utilize them the best I can. Does the other style offer that much advantage over stud mount? I may have misused the word outboard. Long travel is really what I meant. I'm trying to gain as much travel as I can being that the shocks are for a taller lift.
Well if you can weld just get a thick pice of steel to bend in a U to match the OEM shock tower. Cut of the top portion of the tower, weld on the bent Steel, then weld the OEM top portion back on top.
So basically youre just welding in a spacer.

How tall the spacer should be i cant help you. You need to remove your shocks and see how much flex you have and go from there.


Im actually going to be doing this too pretty soon as a temporary fix. Eventually ill put in the ford towers to gain a full 4 inches and switch over to the other style shock...
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Unread 11-05-2013, 12:58 PM   #6
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The easiest way would be to add bumpstop so the shock doesn't bottom out ... or cut off and re-weld the lower mount a little lower (utilizes up travel). That may gain you enough and you would utilize your current shock. Should be able to figure figure out exaclty how much offset you need (bumpstop or re-mount).

Technically you want to outboard your rear and move the mounting location of the front. The front is already outboarded from the factory.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #7
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with that long of a shock, all you will gain is more up travel. you will still have the same amount of useful down travel, cause your springs are going to unseat.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #8
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I was able to get just over 11" of travel on the front using Savvy 3" lift coils. Anymore than 11" will unseat these coils. I cut off shock towers and made my own, then installed FOX shocks.
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