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Old 08-31-2017, 09:48 AM
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Question 2 questions re: shocks

found a (seemingly) good deal on a pair of front shocks for the '52.

they're listed for stock replacement, but ad doesn't include the compressed/extended measurements: if i've removed every other leaf from these (F3) front packs, i'm guessing these should still be okay?

also: these are hydraulic shocks not gas-charged -- what would be the difference in ride characteristics?

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Old 09-01-2017, 09:04 AM
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In my experience good deals rarely are. If it were me I would get your fully extended and compressed measurements and find a shock that works. http://www.monroe.com/downloads/inst...ifications.pdf

I read somewhere that gas shocks shouldn't be used on our old trucks. Seems like it was on one of the spring manufacturers sites.
 
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I'm running high-pressure gas shocks on the front, no problem. I doubt they make much difference compared to regular shocks. Friction in the leaves provides a lot of damping.
 
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Posie's recommends Bilstein gas shocks. They improved the ride on my truck significantly.

Since you have softened up your suspension you need a shock that will better control the increased compression and rebound of your axles.




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I've got Viking double adjustables on mine. Made a world of difference in the handling dynamics.
 
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Gas charged shocks only exist to control foaming in the shock as they warm up.
Regarding lengths... Since you've reduced the ride height the springs will bottom against the strike-out bumpers earlier than they did, sparing the shock being used as a bumper - a good thing for the shock. Hopefully there will be enough travel room left as to not be a continuous issue while driving (hitting the strike-out bumpers often.) The rebound length will remain the same. Think of it as the truck being loaded when it was at stock height. The only other thing to watch is how much it affected the level of the drag link. If it changed much from level it could cause a bit of bump steer.
Regarding the shocks you're looking at - most aftermarket shocks come from several manufacturers and are painted/labeled different but their part numbers are usually similar to the original manufacturer. Try googling the part numbers and see what comes up, maybe have to change/drop a letter or two from the prefix/suffix.
 
 
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