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I've lowered a 1996 Dodge Dakota around 6+ inches in the rear. I've c notched the frame for the added clearance. My problem is what I should do about the rear shocks. If I maintain the original position of the top frame mount, the angle is so extreme at around 40 degree angle from axle to top frame mount. If I move the top frame bracket forward to lessen the angle to around 20 degrees, my shocks will be at 12" static length which is really short. I can't raise the upper bracket and don't want to lower the brackets on the axle. Do they make a shock absorber that will handle this situation. At 12" static length, I will need a shock that extends from around 7" to 14". The Dodge Dakota chassis will have a 1941 Dodge business coupe body installed which is why the lowering was necessary to position the body correctly. Any ideas out there would be appreciated. I do not want air suspension because of the cost factor. Thanks!
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I've lowered a 1996 Dodge Dakota around 6+ inches in the rear. I've c notched the frame for the added clearance. My problem is what I should do about the rear shocks. If I maintain the original position of the top frame mount, the angle is so extreme at around 40 degree angle from axle to top frame mount. If I move the top frame bracket forward to lessen the angle to around 20 degrees, my shocks will be at 12" static length which is really short. I can't raise the upper bracket and don't want to lower the brackets on the axle. Do they make a shock absorber that will handle this situation. At 12" static length, I will need a shock that extends from around 7" to 14". The Dodge Dakota chassis will have a 1941 Dodge business coupe body installed which is why the lowering was necessary to position the body correctly. Any ideas out there would be appreciated. I do not want air suspension because of the cost factor. Thanks!
Jim
Just a simple question here. Why didn't you do all this to the 41 Dodge frame.
If Dodge would have wanted a 41 coupe on a 1996 frame they would have built one or vice versa. You might have to change things all around again once you get the 96 frame the way you want it, and try and put the 41 body on it.JMO

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