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Old 01-17-2009, 10:56 AM
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Quad suspension

okay, im sure this has been done b4 but i was just wondering about some trucks with teh quad(2 shocks on each side) suspensions.

#1 is it just for towing and looks or why do they have em?

#2 can you swap em with a regular single shock front end?

#3 Does it help with corning?

the reason im asking is my 95 needs new shocks, and my 89 is just sitting around. the 89 has the quad shocks, with really good shocks and coils, also it has a 5" rough contry lift. so i was wondering if they would just bolt up cuz my 95 is the daily driver and my 89 is currently for sale/parts for the 95.
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It was a snow plow package. Nothing more. No benefits over single shocks. Just costs more money to replace when the time rolls around.
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For the part about mounting them into a single shock front end, yes. You have to grind out the old brackets and bolt or rivet in the dual shock bracket to your frame.
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I have done this to my truck. I got the brackets off an Eddie Bower bronco in a junk yard. The ride quality is actually very noticably better. Like zxwut said you need to cut the rivets off and use grade 8 bolts. I used an air chisel. But you also need the bottom stud for the shock. It bolts on at the same time as the rad. arm. Not fun. I bought the lower stud from the dealer but i cant remember the cost. It couldnt have been much or I wouldnt have them.
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single shocks do ride alot better than dual shocks
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I got the quads on my short box/regular cab/ It rides excellently still. The stocks are original and the truck has 110k on it! No leakage of fluid from the shocks and they still absorb the shocks!! Heck-the heavy duty aftermarket rear shocks seem weak in comparison.

I suspect that the quads will be more firm than a two shock setup.But this firmness comes in handly when larger/heavier tires are installed .
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ya.. that was why i was thinking about switching to my 95. cuz i got some big ol 35's and the front are extremely wore out from big tires...
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I have the quads on my '88 and it rides like a truck should ride. It's not part of a snow plow package because my previous F-150 also had them and it was an I-6 with 3.08 gears and an M4OD. You don't push snow with that set-up.

My dad had an '89 F-150 with the plow package and the front end had two beefy shocks only and the rear shocks were also heavier duty than mine, and he had 3.73 axles.

I changed my factory shocks about 8 years with Gabriel gas charged shocks and it rides great. A bit stiffer than factory but it feels very good.

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I have the quads on my '88 and it rides like a truck should ride. It's not part of a snow plow package because my previous F-150 also had them and it was an I-6 with 3.08 gears and an M4OD. You don't push snow with that set-up.

My dad had an '89 F-150 with the plow package and the front end had two beefy shocks only and the rear shocks were also heavier duty than mine, and he had 3.73 axles.

I changed my factory shocks about 8 years with Gabriel gas charged shocks and it rides great. A bit stiffer than factory but it feels very good.

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Yeah-you are right. The Quads were part of the "handling package" or/and the "trailering package".
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