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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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Slowerthanu said:
Find 2 forklifts, place a forklift at the left rear wheel and one at the front right wheel, lift the vehicle off of the ground (all tires) now take measurements at droop and at compression, should tell you exactly what you need to know.
not quite exactly what you need, you have to take into account weight transfer and extra force from momentum. I would flex on an obsticle then measure each side, then flex the other end of the vehicle and do the same. After you do this add a little extra to the measurments for safety, and or plan your bumpstop location accordingly.
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