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Old 02-25-2009, 05:10 PM
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2 Shocks or not 2 Shocks

I finally relocated my brake lines in the rear of my nova. So the rear end was moved up another inch on the drag shackles. Finally I am using the full 5"s of the drag shackles. I took off my shocks, and noticed both were shot, locked almost fully extended. Now I am considering replacing these. Went to my local parts store who of course want to sell me 80 dollar a pop gas shocks.

"You'll get a smoother ride."

Anyone know of cheap shocks?

The reason I want cheap, is whatever I install is just there for, well, being there sakes.

The leafs are hevy duty industrial springs, for full size chevy pick ups. So they are stiff. I added another leaf to them from the old set of leafs I replaced. On top of that I have 1500 pound overloads on them. They sit on 5" drag shackels.

The back don't bounce. I can put my 6'2 275lb butt in the truck and jump up and down and it is like jumping on a slab of concrete. The way I like it. My front end is just as bad with firmness. I prefer that, wife hates it, but it's my car .

So whatever shock I put on is going to be stationary. I bought the last set of some close out website, monroe shocks, because they were five bucks for both. That was last summer. I drove for about a week with no shocks until they came in, put them on, no difference. But after being stationary for a year they froze in place almost all the way open. I pushed them shut and the just sit there. So I am sure whatever shock I put on is going to do the same thing, they won't get much, if any bounce with my leaf set up.

I can't use extenders on these, they have the bracket on top like a T, and the bottom bolts into the rear leaf plate.

So if anyone knows some cheapo shocks, or other ideas let me know. I am not paying a lot of money for shocks that will just sit there. So if another vehicle will have interchangable shock mounts I'm down for that. I have been looking at truck shocks, but they are too fat, the ones for the car already kiss the leafs a little bit. Any ideas?


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Old 02-25-2009, 05:33 PM
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You know what I think. I think I'll just cut up some steel and make a set of extenders that will work with these guys. Just like rear drag shackles, ony a inch of so long with two holes each. I have some 1/4" thick steel laying around somewhere. I should draw a picture.
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