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









06 Cadillac Escalade Ext
17 Cadillac ATS (wife)
05 Toyota Camry (daughter)
11 GMC Canyon off-road (daily)
Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751845
05/09/18 09:12 AM
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Good choice in shocks. Good photos. Stance looks great. Thanks for posting.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751863
05/09/18 09:34 AM
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Looks like that top shackle nut is barely on there. Maybe you should install longer bolts?

Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751868
05/09/18 09:45 AM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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Nice truck, but yeah, get the right length bolts ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751872
05/09/18 09:52 AM
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I do not see the point in lifting. Leave it the way the factory made it.


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Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751873
05/09/18 09:53 AM
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Clinton Twp. MI
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Yep nice truck,lets keep it that way with proper bolts! top and bottom. Also some blue loctite if you are reusing those locknuts.

Last edited by bradepb; 05/09/18 09:54 AM.



Re: New shocks and lift [Re: Dave1027] #4751874
05/09/18 09:53 AM
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Trav Offline
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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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Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751882
05/09/18 10:02 AM
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Lakeside, CA
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Truck looks good with that much lift. Not over done like so many do.


99 Jeep WJ 4.7 190,000 Maxlife 10w30, Fram Ultra.
Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751891
05/09/18 10:11 AM
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Marshfield , MA
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I look at your truck and my joints from the hips down twinge.


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1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
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Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751924
05/09/18 11:02 AM
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Nice thumbsup

Who made the OEM shocks?

Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751927
05/09/18 11:09 AM
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Don't forget to get an alignment. With IFS, it'll change the toe.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 85k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
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Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4751994
05/09/18 12:37 PM
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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.

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


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
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Re: New shocks and lift [Re: barkingspider] #4752052
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barkingspider Offline OP
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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.



06 Cadillac Escalade Ext
17 Cadillac ATS (wife)
05 Toyota Camry (daughter)
11 GMC Canyon off-road (daily)

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