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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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After I got done with my SAS I took my truck out and crossed a dried mud trench at 45* to get it flexed and then measured and took some digi photos. then I went back to the shop and welded in the bumpstops and measured again. Last I got the longest shocks I could get without breaking the bank and made custom towers to prevent limiting travel in either direction based on my measurements.

Measure twice cut(and weld) once.

It actually came out dead nuts on. I have about an inch before bottoming on compression.
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