Making and measuring shock mounts. And cutting spring pocket
I have a 90 Silverado that I lowered with 2" spindles and cut 2" lowering springs. This gave me a 6" drop and hardly any suspension travel. I want to trim about an inch and a half from the bottom of the spring pocket to gain travel, I know that when using airbags it gets a small amount taken out. I want to completely cut away the bottom. Is this going to weaken anything.
To get a better ride I want to relocate the front shocks outside the spring. The idea is to use a longer shock. What I dont know is how to determine the distance between the upper and lower mounts. I'm also going to relocate the rear shocks, because I did not use a traditional axle flip when I lowered the truck.
I'm not sure I follow you about cutting out the spring pockets. Are you talking about cutting out the lower control arm pockets? If so, how is that going to increase the travel? The bump stops will still hit first.
As to relocating the shock mounts. I usually figure 60 to 70% of the travel should be used for bump (compression) and the rest for rebound (extension).