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Pros and cons of a dual shock setup.

Earlier today I was looking through my Chilton manual at the front suspension diagrams of my 78 supercab and started wondering about dual shock setups so I went on google and found this link for mounts, Ford Dual & Triple Shock Mounts After doing some searching around it seems half the people say they are only cosmetic and others say they are only for off road racing or that they help body roll. I couldn't find anything on a towing application though so I'm wondering if anyone here has any info on the pros and cons of dual shock setups and if they add any advantage for towing.
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For a street driven rig, dual/triple shocks are purely for aesthetics...

When I see that many shocks under a rig they're usually accompanied by a bunch of chrome parts.....which screams....mall crawler!
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For a street driven rig, dual/triple shocks are purely for aesthetics...

When I see that many shocks under a rig they're usually accompanied by a bunch of chrome parts.....which screams....mall crawler!
That's kind of what I was starting to think after doing some reading. One guys post I was reading was saying that they help smooth the ride on washboard dirt roads and rough surfaces, other than that there weren't many good reviews for them.
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One guys post I was reading was saying that they help smooth the ride on washboard dirt roads and rough surfaces.
They can, as will a steering stabilizer....but if you have quality units only one shock/stabilizer is needed...

There's no need to have six shocks and two steering stabilizers....it's pure vanity....the "look at me" syndrome.
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They can, as will a steering stabilizer....but if you have quality units only one shock/stabilizer is needed...

There's no need to have six shocks and two steering stabilizers....it's pure vanity....the "look at me" syndrome.
Sounds good. Maybe some time down the line when I can afford to pay for the look at me parts I will get them.

I've got one more question, I was just trying to figure out where people stop adding add a leafs. My front has 3 leafs and the rear has 8. According to LMC the rear should be 5 leafs and I've been told that to many leafs stiffens up the ride and suspension to much. Any idea on what's too much? Someone suggested in a previous thread of mine that I should get air springs and replace the rears with a stock set of leafs for towing since I want to build this truck up to be able to tow when I need it to but still use it for a dd and usually having the bed half loaded. I don't want to buy new rear leafs unless I have to so I'm thinking I'll just buy the air bags and leave the leafs in there now in the spring when I get a chance to start working on the truck again.
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I had a thread im about to go find that had to do with dual shocks and the idea of air lift bags on the rear of my highboy. Im wondering if I should throw them on there for a smoother ride.
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if you setup the shocks properly, they will work better. do you need duals? no. you're splitting the load between 2 units vs 1. basically, you want the shocks in a dual setup to be half as stiff as the same shock in a single setup. if you go with dual shocks and they are valved for a single shock application, it will be too stiff and the suspension will chatter over most everything.
for a DD/hauler, its generally overkill. but if you're driving and hauling on long rough roads, you would be surprised how much more controlled the truck will handle. 2 shocks heat up and fade half as fast.
a decent monotube gas shock like a bilstein 5100 is the best place to start with a single shock setup.

if it says rancho, skyjacker, rough country, monroe, etc its pretty much garbage and you're wasting your money.
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a decent monotube gas shock like a bilstein 5100 is the best place to start with a single shock setup.

if it says rancho, skyjacker, rough country, monroe, etc its pretty much garbage and you're wasting your money.
That's exactly what I was going to say. I'll take a single Bilstein over 2 off the shelf shocks any day.
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That's exactly what I was going to say. I'll take a single Bilstein over 2 off the shelf shocks any day.
That name has come up a few times. I'll have to do some reading on them.
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