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shock absorber help please

I'm having trouble with my computer/adobe and can't see the tables I need to, so I'm going to ask the experts here. I'm trying to get shocks for the rear of my 48 chevy p/u. I've taken the following measurements

fully extended length = 16.5 inches
ride height = 11 inches

and as best I can tell fully compressed would be around 8.5 inches.

Can someone recommend a good shock that I could pick up at a local NAPA or O'reilly? And before someone makes the comment...I have been to both of these places and given them the dimensions and they looked at me like I was an alien. All they knew how to do was look up vehicle type and year and walk back to the shelf. THanks

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What type of ends do you need on your shocks? I have some shock tables at home (if I can find them) that list the various lengths (extended, compressed) and it also show which type of ends it has, so I would need to know how the shocks would be mounted.
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And before someone makes the comment...I have been to both of these places and given them the dimensions and they looked at me like I was an alien. All they knew how to do was look up vehicle type and year and walk back to the shelf.
Us oldtimers sure do miss the "real" auto parts guys

A good place could always come up with a catalog to fix you up with whatever part you were needing. Do you remember when they had about 20 feet of books in a long binder on their counter??

The local napa store is owned by a childhood friend of mine and his lazy *$$ son works there. We brought in a non identified Dodge truck rear brake shoe & cylinder to match up. This kid, (who never had to worry about losing his job), told us to go home while they "researched it" because we were "just tying up a counter person by adding our suggestions". I blew my cork at his smart mouth attitude, and his dad never even got involved in the fray. I will never EVER go back. Now I tell anyone around here not to go there unless they just need wiper blades for a 92 Accord

Sorry for the rant, but I feel your frustration
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I need loop lower ends....as for the uppers....I was hoping to go with loops there also. Thanks.

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I found my shock table and looked over it pretty close and I couldn't find a shock that had an extended length of 16.5 and a compressed length of 8.5.

The closest I found was an extended length of 14.75 and a compressed length of 9.75 inches this was a Monroe Reflex truck shock number 911090 with loops on both ends that have a 1/2 inch hole for a bolt/stud. Another shock I found was a Monroe Gas-Magnum RV Shock number 555003 that had an extended length of 14.75 and a compressed length of 9.625 inches, with loops on both ends that have 5/8 inch hole for a bolt/stud.

In looking over the tables I have, the shocks that had a small compressed length did not extend very far which makes sense.

If you find out that you can use another length than what you listed let me know and I'll take another look. Also I don't know how old these numbers are but maybe they could be used as a cross reference. Hope this helps some.
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I really appreciate you looking that up for me. Maybe I'm looking at it all wrong. I'm just as bad as the counter guys at the auto parts store, all i've done is replace existing shocks. I took a measurement at what will be ride height, that was 11". I then divided that number by 2 to get approximate travel. Then I jacked the frame up until just before the tires left the ground and took that measurement which was 16.5". The fully compressed was more of an estimate. I will keep looking. Thanks again.

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