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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #21
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I think I found some Gabriel hijackers that might work. Got a set coming. Being there is no spring and just the air I don't know how they will work but they are pretty cheap if it doesn't work out.

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Old September 25th, 2013, 10:34 AM   #22
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You guys are correct. These coilovers CAN be taken apart. I removed one to install the air shocks and I see the top retainer has a cutout to take it apart. I will see if these air shocks work and go from there but at least I know they do come apart. Kudos.

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compress spring. make split collars to take up some more room to pre load the spring. use some hose clamps to keep them from popping out. or does it possibly have different upper shock mount locations like a Polaris ranger? changing the leverage ratio on the shock by moving the top mount out farther making the shock more vertical.
Adding preload will not solve his problem, but making the shocks more vertical would help. Not 400 lbs help, but it would help.
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First pic is factory unit, second is Gabriel air shock

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Old September 25th, 2013, 11:38 AM   #25
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There is s slot right there too disassemble....

Probably should have caught myself up on this thread before posting lol
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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #26
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Well, these air units won't work. I didn't know they were also a shock. One end is air, the other normal shock. They are ment to be used along with the factory leaf spring. So when I air them up it just moves the assembly upward until the shock portion bottoms out. At least I know what vehicle parts I can use on these units. 95-06 Ford Windstar.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:20 PM   #27
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thought about using a "timbren"?
they work very well and are cheap.
very popular in the overloaded truck camper crowd.
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thought about using a "timbren"?
they work very well and are cheap.
very popular in the overloaded truck camper crowd.
If you look at the second picture I posted above I think there is too much room for a timbren. I could custom fab a drop mount.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #29
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What's the ID on the spring? 2.5 or 3.0 would make it pretty easy to bump up the spring rate, but that could bring the suck when riding empty.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #30
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What's the ID on the spring? 2.5 or 3.0 would make it pretty easy to bump up the spring rate, but that could bring the suck when riding empty.
The empty ride quality would be the downside to stiffer springs but I could buy another set and keep one with the stiffer spring and just swap them twice a year.
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The empty ride quality would be the downside to stiffer springs but I could buy another set and keep one with the stiffer spring and just swap them twice a year.
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Measure the coil diameter, ebay a comparable junkyard set from something heavier, cut to length.

It might ride like an unloaded dump truck, but it won't bottom out.
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If you look at the second picture I posted above I think there is too much room for a timbren. I could custom fab a drop mount.
timbren with a drop mount. its cheap, easy, and wont affect empty ride quality,
they can be bought in many different weight capacity ratings.
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Something like this would work too. It increases spring rate and increase the "loaded" ride height by not letting the spring totally collapse when loaded up. You can use more than one. It fits in between the coils, it is not a "budget boost" puck.

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I have a couple Monroe Load adjusting shocks on their way to try. They say they give 1200lbs extra capacity so we will see.

Also, we are going to buy 3 new Bobcat 3600 UTVs. Higher weight capacity, better cabs, heat and A/C, manufactured with Polaris Brutus units. Hydrostatic transmission which will be better for plowing due to no more shifting forward or reverse.
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