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Im gonna put new shocks on (ranchos) sometime soon. Which would you guys recommend? The 5000's or the RSX's? Also, I'm considering doing a u-bolt flip at the same time (rockstomper kit) and mounting the shocks angled inwards ( / \ ) using the mounts on the rockstomper plates and mounting the tops to the round crossmember. Would it be worth doing this even though I still have stock rear spring?? Will it increase travel at all? If so, what model numbers on the 5000's and the RSX's would I need to do this? Im running 1.5" AOR lift shackles in the rear if that makes a difference. Thanks guys!
 

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Use the longest rs9000s that you can fit in there. This should free up some down travel for now and more when you lift it. You'll just have to determine the best mount locations by flexing it out and measuring...every truck and lift combo is a little different.
 

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Would I be able to stuff 5012s or 9012s in there right now? Has anyone had any experience at all with the RSXs?? I kinda want to give them a try but I cant find anyone thats ran them. Also, what would the comparable model number be on the RSXs to the 5012/9012?
 

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I run skyjacker nitro's. longer that the rancho crap (ones i run are 34" extened and i believe the rancho's are like 32 or 33")
 

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But how much TRAVEL do they have? The ranchos have 14" of travel... which is why the use them. You could have a 40" long shock, but it might only get 5" of travel. Who cares about length, unless you can actually use it?</font>

[ 10-17-2001: Message edited by: MasterYota ]
 

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I think that they have like 15" or so of travel, but i have a spare in the shop and will have to measure it to make sure....
 

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Anything will fit if mounted right! Hehehe...they'll fit but they're going to have some major angle to them with that small amount of lift. I said 9000s because I prefer to adjust my own shocks as needed...not let some automatic bs do it maybe the right amount...might be nice on a street rig though.
 

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I just mounted up a set of 14" travel ProComp's on the rear of my truck this past weekend, and I found that due to the location of my exhaust, I could not run them angled inward like everyone else does.

I built towers that are off the frame back near the rear shackle hanger, and go up to the very bottom of my flatbed for the upper shock mount. On the axle I welded brackets on top of the axle. So my shocks actually angle towards the the rear of the truck.

To be honest I could have used a shorter shock and it would have been better for my application - because as long as these are my only other option would have been to come up through the flatbed (something I did not feel like engineering in a day).

I will get pics tonight if anyone is interested...
 

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Originally posted by DRM:
<STRONG>I will get pics tonight if anyone is interested...</STRONG>
Sounds similar to how mine will be mounted. Mine are inward /\ right now and I don't like it. I have no trac bar, and the rear seem sloppy to me. Plus my friend tore his 9000's in two at Clayton when his AP's turned into an "S". So I plan on mounting them to the rear this time, and seeing what that does. Pics would be cool <IMG SRC="smilies/massey.gif" border="0">
 

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I was not sure it would work out ok this way, but Camo said his had been mounted this way for years without problems... so I knew if it had stood up to Camo, it would work on my mall cruiser <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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I would try, if posssible, to find a way to go ahead and install 9012s or a similar 14" travel shock if you want to work towards having a lot of travel. Installing a long, lifetime guarantee shock now will save you from having to buy again later.....even if the rest of your suspension doesn't currently need all the travel.
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You mean like this:

I used the Procomps mostly because they were cheap. I'm running 5" Allpro springs using the Rockstomper flipkit. You do have to heat up the shock mounting tab and bend it in at a 45deg. angle.
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Looks nice Tom, but your park brake is disconnected(LOL)...
Any reason for mounting the top so close? Whay not 6-8" apart? I see a lot of shocks set up this way...so it must work okay.... <IMG SRC="smilies/blender.gif" border="0">
 

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No reason really.. I was actually making new front hangers for my rear springs and decided to try and cut off the factory ones and use them instead. So I had these 5/16" plates lyin' around and thought HEY!>> These should work just fine for my shockmount. The truck rides great on the rode and flexes like mad off, so I can't say enuf' about my Allpro springs and Scott E. stuff at Rockstomper. They both put out quality stuff.
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Originally posted by justmyluck:
<STRONG>You mean like this: </STRONG>
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If you call and order up a flip kit, and tell me that this is how you want the shock mounts... we'll put the tabs on the flip plate a little differently so that you don't have to bend them. The reason they're set up the way they are, is so that you can use stock shocks and stock shock mounts, without having to move stuff around or weld. Just say that you want to put the shocks on the round tube crossmember, and we'll put the tabs on differently to match. I think we've even done a couple by request, that had both mounts on 'em, but if you do that, one of the mounts will hit the shock in one direction and dent the body, so we don't usually do it.

Oh, yeah, I run the 9012's on my own truck; if you drill the holes through the round tube crossmember to mount 'em, about 2" apart, right near the middle, you can use them with the plate mount that we can supply. You won't need shocks that long, but it won't hurt anything to have more shock length than you need, unless they hit your exhaust.

[ 10-19-2001: Message edited by: [email protected] ]
 
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