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#4751806 - 05/09/18 08:21 AM New shocks and lift
barkingspider Offline


Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2012
Loc: socal
Went w new Bilstein shocks, the oem shocks had 83k miles on them, they were just about done. Makes a huge enough difference in ride quality, worth the extra cost. Lift 2.5 front (torsion key) and 1.5 rear (shackles).







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#4751845 - 05/09/18 09:12 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1543
Loc: Alberta
Good choice in shocks. Good photos. Stance looks great. Thanks for posting.

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#4751863 - 05/09/18 09:34 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
Dave1027 Offline


Registered: 05/02/18
Posts: 20
Loc: California
Looks like that top shackle nut is barely on there. Maybe you should install longer bolts?

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#4751868 - 05/09/18 09:45 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
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Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5403
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
Nice truck, but yeah, get the right length bolts ...
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#4751872 - 05/09/18 09:52 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20369
Loc: Upstate NY
I do not see the point in lifting. Leave it the way the factory made it.
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#4751873 - 05/09/18 09:53 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
bradepb Offline


Registered: 12/12/08
Posts: 1209
Loc: Clinton Twp. MI
Yep nice truck,lets keep it that way with proper bolts! top and bottom. Also some blue loctite if you are reusing those locknuts.


Edited by bradepb (05/09/18 09:54 AM)
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#4751874 - 05/09/18 09:53 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: Dave1027]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18581
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: Dave1027
Looks like that top shackle nut is barely on there. Maybe you should install longer bolts?


If that nut is tight its not cool. Truck looks good though. thumbsup
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#4751882 - 05/09/18 10:02 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1919
Loc: Lakeside, CA
Truck looks good with that much lift. Not over done like so many do.
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#4751891 - 05/09/18 10:11 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
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Registered: 09/25/04
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Loc: Marshfield , MA
I look at your truck and my joints from the hips down twinge.
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#4751924 - 05/09/18 11:02 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5996
Loc: USA
Nice thumbsup

Who made the OEM shocks?

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#4751927 - 05/09/18 11:09 AM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 9992
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Don't forget to get an alignment. With IFS, it'll change the toe.
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#4751994 - 05/09/18 12:37 PM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
Bottom_Feeder Offline


Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 2973
Loc: Occupied Virginia
Guys... look at the original bolts. They are plenty long enough.

Now recall that suspension parts like spring shackles shouldn't be tightened until the wheels are back on and the weight is on the car/truck. That shackle is almost vertical and there's no wheel on the other side, so you can logically conclude and assume the rear of the truck is still in the air and that at the time the pic was taken, he wasn't done yet. Jeez.

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#4752002 - 05/09/18 12:43 PM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9041
Loc: Ontario, Canada
So you've used the same length shocks and mounting points, but have cranked the front springs up a couple inches and re-positioned the rear springs? Isn't the suspension pretty much topped out now? Or was the truck riding around near the bottom of its travel before?
On my old Tracker, a cheap off-road trick was too install longer travel rear shocks to get more rear articulation, perhaps you should do the same?
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#4752052 - 05/09/18 02:00 PM Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider]
barkingspider Offline


Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2012
Loc: socal
Photo was taken before I torqued the nut down. Its the stock hardware so its plenty. Thanks bottom feeder. The lift kit came w spacers for the front shocks (1st pic) and spacers to drop the front diff (2nd pic). And yes, I did get an alignment . No need to get longer shocks, rides like stock.

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