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Old 08-16-2007, 09:28 PM
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Rear shocks bottoming out

Hello, I have a little bit of a strange situation. On my car, the people who owned the car before me, moved the rear shocks to the inside of the leaf spring to gain clearance for the tires (I assume). When they did it, they fabricated brackets to the housing (both on the front side) and to the frame of the car.

In doing this, they reduced the clearance for the shock to move. From center to center of the top and bottom mounts, each shock measures 10.5" resting. The shocks have about 1/2"-1" of downward travel until they bottom out. This along with the fact that I am pretty sure they are both shot causes them to bottom out at times while driving.

I don't have the resources at this time to get the brackets cut off and proper ones welded on, so I have been trying to find a shock that would work for now. The following shock is the only one that I have found that seems like it will fit and work in that space. This is not the one I want to use since it is rather expensive and I am going to get it all re done some day.

I just want something to get my by. The other problem is that it is a "front" shock. All of the rear shocks that I have seen are much too long to work here. Is it at all possible to use a front shock on the rear? Does anyone have any other ideas?

Here is the shock:
http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/store...0002_319890_-1

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Adam

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What kind of car do you have ??? If you are thinking about spending $400 on shocks I think you should get a shop to have a look at it and get it fixed properly. Here is a site that may help . http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/catalog.php
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The car is a 1972 ventura. I agree with taking it to a shop for the $400 price on the shocks. I was more wondering about the idea of getting a cheap set of shocks to hold me over. The problem then comes that only front shocks are the right length for me to use.

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I don't know what shock type mounting is on your car , But did you look at autorock site. I had a quick look and saw a rear monroe shock listed at 8.6 " compressed lenght. What kind of shock is on there now. Can't help but wonder about your setup as to why he used that shock on it.
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Thanks for that I will take a look. I dont know what type of shock is on there now. After he put them on, he painted the bottom of the car, including the shocks.

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You might want to take a look at one of the stores that sell shocks for light trucks. Since many trucks have a variety of lift kits and other suspension mods, most of the shocks are available in several different lengths. If one type will fit your car, you should be able to order it by length.


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