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best rear shock setup?

This is a discussion on best rear shock setup? within the Offroad forums, part of the General Discussion category; okay guys, since i moved my rear end back about 4-5 inchs i can't use the factory shock studs,now i ...

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    okay guys, since i moved my rear end back about 4-5 inchs i can't use the factory shock studs,now i was thinking about using this for the shocks and also to help "beef" up the frame
    http://www.diy4x.com/suspension.htm
    the shock absorber inboarding kit,and use the shock tabs to weld to the axle,now the main question is how should i run the shocks?
    option 1


    or option 2

    or shoot me your idea?
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    Between those two, Option 1.
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    Johnny U,is there a better way you would run?and would option 2 let me run longer shocks?
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    That's exactly how I have my rear shocks setup, and they work fine. Shocks are most efficient when operating vertical or close to vertical.
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyU View Post
    That's exactly how I have my rear shocks setup, and they work fine. Shocks are most efficient when operating vertical or close to vertical.
    Exactly

    Inboarding gives you more travel, but if you do inboard them you will need stiffer valving since the shock wont be as effective.

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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    as said before, the closer to vertical your shocks are teh better they will work as designed, but inboarded at an angle will increase travel since the distance the axle will travel will be greater than the linear distance moved on the shock due to it being at an angle.

    you can run a longer shock with option #2 unless you are not planning on running a bed or do not mind cutting up your bed and making your upper shock mounts up pretty high, which is what i would do and plan to do on mine eventually.
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    that inboarding kit is made to go under the bed without modifications,but im gonna be running them vertical then.what do ya think about the inboarding kit?
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    How much lift are you running?

    You'll need to size shocks appropriately based on your suspension's travel. Most people either don't know how to do that, or just underestimate the importance in doing so.
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    im running bout 4in of lift,im waiting to order shocks till i can flex out my suspension to find out compression length and extended length
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    Re: best rear shock setup?

    on my truck, right now i am running shocks in similar position to stock, just moved mounts on teh frame and have the shocks that came with the truck and 4" lift. they measuer 26" eye to eye full extened, and i will tell you they are way to short, they allow very little down travel with my setup.
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