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Which shock installation design?

Okay, i have been measuring on the rear of my truck and i just can't make up my mind. In the first picture you can see how i am thinking about mounting my shocks inside the frame, but my concern there is that i don't have allot of tube. The axle tube is actually outside of the frame, so i would have to basically mount the shock bracket to the housing.

Second picture you can see using the original axle lower shock bolt, i can build a bracket off of the Frame box and install a shock there. My concern there is the fact that i am not sure if that is a safe location or how well the shock will work there.

So what are your thoughts from looking at the images? Mount the shocks inside or outside the frame rails?
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I would go outside in this case..

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The more vertical the mounting, the more effective the shock is.
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I would go outside also, the closer they are to the wheel the more effective they are. True vertical is the best mounting angle, as Joe stated, so don't angle them any more than needed to fit them into a space. If you do build a crossmember and put them inside the frame, put them as far apart as you can, you could actually mount them off a boxed section of the frame like your outside pic is and not need the crossmember.
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Outside it is. I ordered a set of shocks for it today, hopefully i picked the right size. From the middle of the shock bolt on the axle to the center of where i will mount the top of the shock will be 10 inches. So i ordered a shock with 8.625 compressed and 12.75 extended. I took the 10 inch measurement with weight on the rear of the truck, thinking my body weight plus a full tank of gas. It's not going to haul anything other then ***.....
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Here it is all welded up and shocks installed.......the shock measurement is awesome...have roughly 2" of travel each way.
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