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Old 05-28-2007, 06:35 AM
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shock dimensions

i am trying to find the dimensions for my 84 chevy truck shocks (front ).iam whanting to put air shocks in but cant find an aplication .any help would be appreciated.

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Most shock absorber catalogs have the length and specifications listed ... I suggest going to the parts house and finding a bored yet friendly counterman.

I am not sure air shocks on the front is a good idea ...
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Air shocks are bad.

You are asking a very small area of sheetmetal (and small bolts) to support the weight of your whole front end. The springs are meant to carry the load, the shocks are only there to damp the spring action.
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All air shocks sold over the counter are valved for rear operation and won't provide nearly enough damping in a front application. If its strictly off road, go for it, but don't come beat me up after you've crashed your truck into a bridge

But having said that... if you know what you're doing, its pretty easy. Go to the parts store and ask for the shock catalogs. In the back they list every shock with their dimensions, including compressed height, extended height, bolt mounting pattern, the works. Just find the dimensions on your stock application, then thumb through the catalog to find an air shock with the same dimensions. You'll have to do some fabrication because the original front shocks have completely different mounting styles than the rear shocks. You won't find a direct bolt-in, but you can find something close.

For my money ($74 to be exact) I bought air lift helper bags for my off-road scout. Much less work than air shocks would have been, and stronger too since the shock mounts aren't designed to carry weight.
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