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Rear shock mount crossmember-How thick/location?

Working on the rear suspension install on my 35 chevy master...
How largr of a crossmember should I use for the upper shock mount?
I was also thinking of mounting the shocks off of the front of the axle for more room for the swaybar. What do you think?

I am using a Ford 8.8 out of an explorer


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Rear shock mount cross member

Mounting the shocks in front of the axle would work. For the cross member, I would use at least 2x2x 1/4 wall set as close as i could to the top of the side rail. A gusset to the bottom of the rail would be wise. Also sleeve the cross member for the top shock mounts and use grade 8 bolts. Mounting the shocks at a 20 degree angle in at the top.

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Youngster is right for coil over shocks. For leaf spring rear with no coil over or air shocks they are not supporting the car only dampening the up and down motion.In this case 2" X 2" X 1/8" is all that is needed.This is what I used on my big block pro street 57 chevy and several other cars that I have built. I also agree with him on the sleeve and grade 8 bolts.
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