Reviving an old thread here. What are you guys doing for the top bracket? Last summer I purchased the AEV shock shifter kit. When using their setup I actually lost an inch of uptravel. I like the setup but I'd like to gain some travel back. So I was thinking about going back to the stock location somehow. But using the stock location looks like its just going to bind too much. So I thought about using a bar pin eliminator or something that turned the shock 90*. Then it wouldn't bind at ride height, but I have concerns it might bind when the axle travels through its motions. So what are you guys using up on top?
I have the same question! I am about to do the DIY lower fix and am not sure my bushings can handle the outward angle of the new lower mount.
I've thought about using something like that. With the 90* rotation they won't bind at ride height, but what about as the axle swings through its motions. I wonder what happens then. Although the AEV mounts turn the shock 90* as well. But they are in a different position so I assume AEV checked them all out and they are ok.
I am still not sure what shocks I want to run, I was leaning towards spending the money on Fox because I want a good ride across rough fields and muddy rutted out trails. (no rocks bigger than my RTI ramp around here).
I have got a set of 2.5" ome springs coming out of the classifieds here (thanks anderson).
I went ahead and ordered 2" lift shocks from my local napa, only 22" long, but they are cheap so I will probably check out the geometry with them, and get longer better quality later. Any advice on what to run?
One piece of 3" box tube cut in half on a 45* with a 5" long side to match the lca mout.
Spread it's wings just a little and welded it to the LCA mount. Don't look to close at the weld, 1109 rod on 75 amps upside down, its a constant ballet of burning through and slag dripping into the puddle. I guess I need one of those little migs for this kind of work. Any advice on one of those? I can buy the lincoln 180 for $750 or so at Rural king in town, but I know nothing about those little welders.
So I let the axle hang, extended the shock, and drilled a hole...looks just like Mud would do it?
well guess what... when I stuff the axle !
So a little bit of reengineering.....
and she does not hit the frame.
One thing I noticed, these shocks are at such a digressive angle at stufff, they don't get very close to bottoming at all, I only have about 4.5" of up travel right now withh the way my bumps are setup , but the shock was fine with that. I am still hoping to fit a longer shock , but I need to get my springs in, and see if I need a longer trackbar I guess, to know what kind of travel I will have available.
Thank you so much.....I've been waiting to try something similar when I take mine out of service for the lift upgrade.
Scared to try anything though. Great job.
So, you would move the mount a little further inboard for that size shock? (I know you just drilled the hole inboard, but if you had to start all over again?)
Also, what is the diameter of your shock body? looks pretty big.
Is your rear axle centered? I'm guessing your pinion is not rotated (stock arms etc...).
Any problems with the clearance between the lower mount and the shock? How did you mount the shock at the bottom?
Give me a minute....I'm recovering from that paint job. Wow.
Much to be learned from the pics.
You favor a stud vs double shear on the relo brackets, right?
Does anyone make/sell the Nth/AEV upper shifter brackets anymore?
I just looked at the old Nth upper/lower shifter kit. Looks like a nice setup. I'm too chicken/poor to do Ford towers.
Wish I lived in Oregon (or So. Wash St!)
I'm guessing that all the clearance you gain by tube-down shocks you loose on the spring perch? (with CV/rotated pinion?)
Bringing a good thread back here. I have my brackets ready to be burned on. I just have one question be for doing so. I do not have a sye yet. If I put my brackets on now. Will the shock bind up once I roll my pinion for the sye?