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measuring for shock length

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OK...1st of all I did search :flipoff2: Found some good stuff but wanted to just see if my thinking was flawed or not.

Now that the Samurai is finally soa'ed etc I want to measure for the correct length shocks...ie ones that won't limit my travel. Now for extension I figure I can just hi-lift the side of the truck up till the wheels come off ground, measure that and thats at least as long as I want the shocks to be, that all make sense so far?

Now my real question is with the opposite side be as compressed as it would ever want to go or would/could there be more compression available? I'm just not sure if meauring the low side will give me the correct short length.

thoughts, answers, flames??? :)
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Not everybody has two fork lifts available. Another way to do compression is to use a floor jack under the axle. Wrap a chain around the frame and then around the jack. As raise the jack it will squeeze the frame and the axle together. Just be carefull. There are some pretty good forces in effect.

I did it on my Zuke w/ toy axles and was able to get it dead on.
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