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Old 11-19-2012, 06:40 AM
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I'm not so sure I want to do this anymore. lol Not that I would mess it up but I def dont want the springs falling out. Would a performance shock keep the spring tighter in the perches? I may just have to fork out the $180 for a set of springs.
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Would a performance shock keep the spring tighter in the perches?
I was actually curious about this as well. I'm not positive but believe the shock is what limits the axles travel. As in, if you removed the shocks then the axle would fall all the way down. A shorter shock could remedy the issues with the shorter springs. I also wonder if usign the stock shocks with my cut springs keeps it from sitting as low as it would with shorter shocks(if the shocks are "pushing" the truck up at all).

I bet member unbroken would be able to answer this.
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I was actually curious about this as well. I'm not positive but believe the shock is what limits the axles travel. As in, if you removed the shocks then the axle would fall all the way down. A shorter shock could remedy the issues with the shorter springs. I also wonder if usign the stock shocks with my cut springs keeps it from sitting as low as it would with shorter shocks(if the shocks are "pushing" the truck up at all).

I bet member unbroken would be able to answer this.
If your stock shocks were keeping your truck from going lower, you would know it as your shocks would be bottomed out making for a very rough ride. On the other hand, the shorter shocks might work like limit straps, limiting the up travel of the rear end. But again in order for your springs to fall out, your rear springs would have to be fully unloaded from the trucks weight.
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If your stock shocks were keeping your truck from going lower, you would know it as your shocks would be bottomed out making for a very rough ride. On the other hand, the shorter shocks might work like limit straps, limiting the up travel of the rear end. But again in order for your springs to fall out, your rear springs would have to be fully unloaded from the trucks weight.
Sorry I think what I said was confusing. I didn't mean that the shocks might be bottomed out, but that they might be "pushing" up a little(raising ride height) since they are made for the truck at factory ride height(not with 1" or 2" lower springs).

And that's what I was thinking about the shorter shocks being like limiting straps. I might look into this/try this once I need new shocks, which will be soon.

Honestly the springs falling out is a big concern to me, I believe I've hit some railroad tracks that have pretty much completely unloaded the rear axle. Not that I'm doing jumps or anything, but it is a concern to me...
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Just to show that they don't fall out that easily. This is me parked at an angle the other night in a driveway with a good 11"-12" gap in the wheel well.

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If a shock is within it's range of travel it provides no resistance to the ride height. In other words, a shock would have to be bottomed out/fully extended to affect suspension height. It's just a suspension dampener, not a lifting or lowering device, as it merely controls the oscillation of the suspension thru it's travel cycle. An average person can manipulate a standard shock by hand from fully compressed to fully extended, now just imagine the weight/force of a 5000 lb. vehicle applied to that and it's quite obvious a shock is not a lift/lowering device, unless we're talking air shocks, which is a completely different animal than a common passive hydraulic shock.
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Jay, just for safety's sake, reach in there the next time you have your suspension "drooped" like that, and tell us if the spring still feels solid in it's perch. Just curious....
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Yea I'll check that out next time, I'm kinda curious as well. I'm thinking it's still with in the cup, but is it loose inside with that much droop and if so how much play is in there. I'll see if I can do this again tomorrow.
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Thanks RAMEM for the info, makes sense. I had air shocks on my F100 and used them for this purpose, would pump them up to get ~2" extra ride height. It rode like a forklift though lol.
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