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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:57 pm    Post subject: shocks Reply with quote

When rotating my tires the other day i noticed an oily film on one of my shocks, figure it's time for new ones. Any suggestions? It's stock height, but when I disconnect my sway bar I'm pretty sure I can extend my shocks to their limit, can I get a higher travel shock to fit on the stock suspension? Also, I've read that they reccomend replacing the steering dampener when replacing shocks, any merit to this? Ho do you tell if one is bad? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: shocks Reply with quote

el_dubya wrote:
When rotating my tires the other day i noticed an oily film on one of my shocks, figure it's time for new ones. Any suggestions? It's stock height, but when I disconnect my sway bar I'm pretty sure I can extend my shocks to their limit, can I get a higher travel shock to fit on the stock suspension?

You gain extension by going to a longer shock...which means it's also longer when fully collapsed, too. In order to do this, you'll need to extend your bumpstops also to prevent from overcompressing the shock.

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Also, I've read that they reccomend replacing the steering dampener when replacing shocks, any merit to this?

That's a new one for me.

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How do you tell if one is bad?

A steering dampener is nothing more than a hydraulic shock with 50/50 dampening. If the dampener doesn't extend or collapse smoothly with similar, considerable effort in both directions, it's shot. This carries over to shocks too. Except, if you have gas charged shocks, it will be hard to collapse then and they will extend on their own due to the pressure from the gas.
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