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Old July 28th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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I need to mount my shock brackets up front on my 86. I could put them in the stock location but thats at an angle and straight up and down is better. I'm not sure if I can weld the bracket so its straight up and down. Where have you guys mounted your brackets?

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The frame where I can mount it


The bracket which I will have to cut depending on where I mount it


Straight up and down


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What would be the best idea for mounting the top bracket?
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Old July 28th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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you mean its angled towards the shackle, correct? thats fine, since the axle will move back as the suspension moves up, so when the shock is actually working, it is being pushed into a straighter path
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #3
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you mean its angled towards the shackle, correct? thats fine, since the axle will move back as the suspension moves up, so when the shock is actually working, it is being pushed into a straighter path
X2, mount them in the stock location and use the stock geometry! They was mounted that way because of spring travel and if you mount them different they could bind or even bend them.
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Stock rake is fine, you can go a little more vertical than stock and be fine too-- make sure you get your compressed location with the bumpstops you are going to run as your mounting point, and give the shock at least 1/2" of shaft length left at full bump. Using shocks as bumpstops is a great way to crack your frame and destroy your shocks.
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Ok I thought that stock would be good but I always here straight up and down is better. Looks like Ill be going with the stock location.

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Stock rake is fine, you can go a little more vertical than stock and be fine too-- make sure you get your compressed location with the bumpstops you are going to run as your mounting point, and give the shock at least 1/2" of shaft length left at full bump. Using shocks as bumpstops is a great way to crack your frame and destroy your shocks.
Im not sure how I would make bump stops because the axle is so far away from the frame
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shocks working in the direction of axle movement is optimal. [Most] leaf springs move [generally] up/down, but rears tend to swing rearward in compression, and stock chevy fronts do the same.

When people say up/down is better, they are usually referring to angling the shocks inboard at the top which causes the shocks to lose their efficiency as an inch of uptravel is then equal to <1" of shock travel (think pythagorium theroum).

Here's what I did for front bumpstops, just have to get a little creative...
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Im not sure how I would make bump stops because the axle is so far away from the frame
figure out where you want to mount the shock, based on max suspension droop, take about an inch off of your shocks full travel, and mount the bump stop at that point...you want to setup the shocks and bumpstops so that the shock is never the limiting factor, meaning at full suspension droop, the shock still has 1/2 inch or so of travel, and when the axle compresses the bumpstop, the shock still has about the same 1/2 inch of travel
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the only way to ensure that a shock is not the droop limiting factor is to run limit straps. Just drooping a corner or an end will not tell you what it will do when moving. Even limit straps are a science in themselves, with stretch relative to the length and # thickness of the straps. I wouldn't worry about it so much on a 30 dollar shock, but when you start working with decent parts you want to set them up right.

What shocks are you running?
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I was thinking of running either BDS or bilstein shocks. My truck wont be going off jumps or anything like that so I don't think I will ever bottom out the truck. Besides there isn't much suspension travel on my truck. But I want to make sure I get the correct shock setup
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you dont need to get airborn to bottom out the suspension..imagine coming down a hill and leaning the truck to the left side..that would transfer the weight towards the front and the left at the same time, which could bottom out the suspension, especially if you then hit a bump, like dropping that corner off of a tree root or rock, or something along those lines...
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Ok makes sense. So how would I make bump stops for a truck with a 10 inch lift?
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