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Old 10-23-2017, 10:59 AM   #1
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Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

I bought a 1/2 ton with a 5 inch rear drop. No notch. Looks like stock shocks. Hard ride and it bottoms out. Thinking about air shocks, but don't know which ones to get? Just buy the ones that show up as stock replacement on Amazon? Or do I need something different? Thanks
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:12 PM   #2
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

Shock extenders and/or helper bags is my suggestion.
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:51 PM   #3
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Shock extenders and/or helper bags is my suggestion.
The shocks on it need replaced anyway, so I need new shocks. While I'm under there, I could add the extenders. I just like the adjustability of the air shocks, and don't know what to bu? Stock or shorter? Thanks
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:00 PM   #4
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

If you get extenders then stock length is fine. If you don't I'd get a couple inches shorter.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:58 PM   #5
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If you get extenders then stock length is fine. If you don't I'd get a couple inches shorter.
Thanks. Now I'll have to find a cross reference guide to find what would be 2 inches shorter than stock if I don't do the extenders. I heard 67 Impala rears work well?
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:01 PM   #6
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

No idea, most people buy drop shocks I think. I used extenders myself.
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Old 10-27-2017, 09:42 AM   #7
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

I bought / installed Bell Tech drop shocks up front. But with wanting air shocks in the back, I couldn't come across any drop air shocks. so with buying the 67 Impalla air shocks, basically they are drop shocks because they are just a tad over 2 inches shorter than the stock size for my C1500. I should be installing them tomorrow. I'll update to see how it worked out
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Old 10-29-2017, 11:22 AM   #8
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

Worked out great. Having them 2 inches shorter than stock really made a positive difference. When I air them up, it doesn't raise the ride height, but gives me the firm ride I was after. No more bouncyness. I think if I would have used the stock height ones, it would have raised the ride height to get the firmness I was after. That would defeat the lowered stance purpose. I'm happy with them. $65 delivered, and a few hours in the garage.
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:07 PM   #9
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

Did you get them on Amazon? What part #
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:15 PM   #10
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Yes, Amazon. Gabriel 49131. Actually only $59.50 delivered ! If you go that route, I'll give you a few tips / minor mods for the install
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:19 PM   #11
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

Do you have leaf springs?
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:28 PM   #12
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Do you have leaf springs?
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:45 PM   #13
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

This IS good news. I have leaf and did a flip kit so I am very interested in pics and pointers. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-30-2017, 07:30 PM   #14
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This IS good news. I have leaf and did a flip kit so I am very interested in pics and pointers. Thanks in advance!

I don't have any pictures of the install. The only difference between the Impalla shocks and the stock shocks is the bottom mount is narrower. So I used some heavy washers to fill the gap. I also reamed out my bottom mounts to accept a 5/8 Grade 8 bolt. They are metric, and just a hair under 5/8ths. Those were the only mods needed. Real easy install
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

The pictures of the shock look like one side has one big 5/8 bolt and the other has two small maybe 5/16 bolts. Is that just a generic picture?
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:43 PM   #16
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The pictures of the shock look like one side has one big 5/8 bolt and the other has two small maybe 5/16 bolts. Is that just a generic picture?

The hardware that comes with them you won't use. You reuse your top bolts / nuts. Buy twp 5/8ths bolts and nuts and some thick 5/8ths washers and your good to go
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:26 PM   #17
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

Did you do a flip kit as well?
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:26 PM   #18
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Re: Air Shocks for a 5 inch drop ?

So the air shocks helped with bottoming out.
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