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Old 03-17-2007, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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threading shock body?

Anyone know a machine shop that will do this for me? I want to make a set of coilovers out of a set of King remote shocks. I've called king about getting new bodies but it was going to be near the cost of a new set of shocks. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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id like this info also...i have a set of 2.5" 16s and 18s that would be perfect....but ive just been trying to sell them since they arent setup for coils.
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are yours kings? I don't see why they can't be turned. I looked at a set of 2.5" kings at a friends house today which gave me the idea. As far as I could tell, the bodies were identical. He also had a set of 2.5" SAW's that had the lower portion of the shock turned down so you could put the adjusters in from the shaft side.
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fox's...i dont have anything to compare them to
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a set of fox 10" travels here that I suppose would be cool to do also.
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i think if this worked then somone would have thought about it and everyone would know that you could do it. But if you can take shocks apart and have a coilover to compare it to and it looks the same then knock your self out.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oh, I know it CAN be done. Just not sure why no one has done it before. Seems like it would save some money. Especially since I already have the shocks and got them for free. Even after rebuilding them and having them threaded I'll still have less into them than even 1 coilover shock.
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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maybe the bodys thickness is different like a coilovers has to stand up to the wieght of the vehicle and a shock just has to "dampen the movement". I was a northern tool yesterday and say some fine thread 2" dyes that may work some way.
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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as long as the thickness of the shock body has enough meat to cut the thread i dont see wy a shop wouldnt do it for you. i cant remember the thread depth for a 2" 12tpi thread right now but as long as you have more than 1/8" of metal per side they should be able to thread them

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Old 03-20-2007, 09:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Any good machine shop should be able to do this. Remember you don't know if it will work or not till you try it and see what happens so go for it and let us know
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ever considered making a sleeve that could hold the spring?
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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That is also possible. Maybe to make the outter diameter 2.5"s for 3" ID springs? The only probably I could see is trying to fasten it to the shock body itself. I'm definitely open to suggestions.
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Why not just buy threaded bodies and swap them?
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I tried that already. Was told it was going to be near the price of a new set of coilovers.

I did some searching. Found out, the 2.5" kings are .127" wall tubing. I just measured the thickness of the 2" kings I have and they are also .127" wall. Looks like I should have plenty of material. If this doesn't work, I'm just going to make my own shock body.

thought others might like this for reference. I found it when looking for shock body diameters and thickness. A little coilover internals comparison.

http://www.offroad-engineering.com/foxvsking.html

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Old 03-31-2007, 01:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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maybe we would get more help in general discussion?
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:29 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Is there any way to move this over to general discussion? I know that sway away sells there shock bodies separate. I called King and they didn't seem too happy to sell me one of there bodies separately. I was going to set up these kings to use the sway away hardware kit since they are more readily available.
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