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I have a RCX 6" lift 20x12.5x37"s I pull a 4,00 pound boat in the summer. I STILL have the stock shocks...... Terrible ride right now, whats a good all around shock? I have heard of adjsutables? Do I need to get lift specific shocks? I'm def new to this. Def used to slamming the trux not lifting em!
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Whats making the ride terrible? Shocks are blown?
Explain a bit further on this?


If you're looking to go with new shocks, I'd recommend either Rancho or Bilsteins.
But I'd do the Bilsteins if it was my truck.

I run the Bilsteins as well. In the front only for now.
Will be doing the rear this spring.

If you need pricing, hit me up.

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I have a RCX 6" lift 20x12.5x37"s I pull a 4,00 pound boat in the summer. I STILL have the stock shocks...... Terrible ride right now, whats a good all around shock? I have heard of adjsutables? Do I need to get lift specific shocks? I'm def new to this. Def used to slamming the trux not lifting em!
HELP PLEASE!!!!
I'm no expert on this subject either, but I've been researching for over a week for new shocks on my truck.

With the lift kit, you will want to make sure you have longer shocks. Ideally, you want to remove your shocks, then make some measurements:
1. jack up one corner at a time just until the tire leaves the ground. Then measure the distance between the two shock mounts. The two front tires "should" be the same, but the front will most likely be different from the rear.
2. Now lift the tire on one corner at a time (a safe way is with an engine lift lifting the wheel, but you can also use a jack). this should compress the shock mount points as close as possible. Take the other measurement.

So now you have two measurements. For example mine are: Front tires: Compressed 20", flexed 33", which gives me 13 inches of travel.

The shocks I'm looking to buy are "RaceRunner's" made by "Sway-A-Way", or possibly a comprable "Fox" shock. here are the measurements available for the race runners I'm looking at: Remote Reservoir 2.25 Series

6"--18.75"--12.75"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-106 $240.00
8"--22.75"--14.75"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-108 $240.00
10"--26.75"--16.75"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-110 $240.00
12"--31.50"--19.50"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-112 $240.00
14"--35.50"--21.50"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-114 $240.00
16"--40.50"--24.50"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-116 $240.00
https://lorenzindustries.com/swayawa...voir_2_25.html

The first number is the travel lenght of the shock. Followed by end to end measurements open and closed. The 5/8 is the size of the shaft that travels.

Ideally, you dont want the shocks to be smaller than your compressed measurement, or you could potentially smash them. You also want to make sure it is larger than the flexed measurement so they don't tear apart if you were to hit maximum flex.

As you see from the chart above, for my ideal use, on the front I will probably go with:
14"--35.50"--21.50"--5/8"--Threaded Smooth 57000-114 $240.00

and make sure I have some bump stops that won't allow me to compress more than the minimum shock length.

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Now, lets talk valving. I haven't figured this out very much, but according to how it is valved, will determine how stiff your ride is. The guy I'm talking with said he will custom valve the shocks for me, so I'm going to talk with him about details.
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This ^^^ is good info....providing he is referencing wanting rear shocks and not front shocks.
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This ^^^ is good info....providing he is referencing wanting rear shocks and not front shocks.
Isn't the concept the same for front and rear?
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Isn't the concept the same for front and rear?
Nope!
With a lift kit, the front is raised via strut spacer ranging in size from 4.5-5.5" depending on lift kit.
Then all the drive components are dropped via drop brackets

Every lift kit without the upgraded shocks (unlike the upgraded front coilovers for BDS/Pro Comp/Fabtech) utilize the stock shocks. The only shocks given and provided within a lift kit is the rear as they are longer than the stock shocks.

So if he wants to upgrade the rear shocks, they would surely need longer shaft shocks.

However, there are some kits that do not come with drop brackets and those kits come with longer front shocks.
But from the sounds of it, ^^^ has the kit with the drop brackets
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Nope!
With a lift kit, the front is raised via strut spacer ranging in size from 4.5-5.5" depending on lift kit.
Then all the drive components are dropped via drop brackets

Every lift kit without the upgraded shocks (unlike the upgraded front coilovers for BDS/Pro Comp/Fabtech) utilize the stock shocks. The only shocks given and provided within a lift kit is the rear as they are longer than the stock shocks.

So if he wants to upgrade the rear shocks, they would surely need longer shaft shocks.

However, there are some kits that do not come with drop brackets and those kits come with longer front shocks.
But from the sounds of it, ^^^ has the kit with the drop brackets
Good to know. Mine is a 2001, and the kit replaced the springs and had drop pitman arm and other drop pieces, so I believe it applies to mine (correct me if I'm wrong, please).
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