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Old 06-10-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Freshly Lowered Questions.....

So last weekend my good friend and I got my 65 lowered finally! I have a couple questions for you guys that are far more experienced in lowered trucks than I am. First, what shocks do you guys run and recommend? Second, with 4 inches of spring drop in the front she is riding on the bump stops. While the ride isn't as bad as one would think, I would still like to find a way to remedy this issue without just cutting the rubber stop. Does anyone offer some kind of lower profile bump stops? I've looked at CPP and a few others, but can't find any. If not I can just find a way to make something, just curious if someone makes something. Thanks guys. Oh, pics will be posted to Tanya's build thread as soon as I can actually get some time at my computer.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

hey fryer, i had the same problem i got energy suspension "universal" bumpstops! the stock bumpstops are parts# 39101 2.625" height pull thru for $14.99 + 4.88 s&h, i went with bumpstop parts# 99101 2.125" height threaded and is round for 9.99 + s&h, they have a bumpstop parts#99136 2"tallx2" square threaded its not really square its looks like a stop sign shape for $9.99 + s&h! if you do get the threaded ones like i did, its easier to just hold a wrench under the bumpstop mount and turn the bumpstop itself! hope this help some, here the site: http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...Shock-Eyes.asp
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

one more thing the pull thru bumpstops from energy suspension are stiffer then the stock bumpstops because of the polyurethane there is no give to them!
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

Perfect man, thanks! I feel kinda silly forgetting about energy suspension, I should have known better. **facepalm** Thank you.


Now all I need are some shock suggestions/recommendations and I'll be set.

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Old 06-10-2011, 01:01 PM   #5
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

I still can run the standard truck shock in the rear, and I have 1949-50 Chrysler New Yorker shocks on the front. I think they came from Napa. The Chrysler are one of the shortest factory style shock out there and they work great.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:16 PM   #6
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

well one thing i do know is when i was going thru looking for lowering shocks from cpp! for the back since your doing a 4/5 drop the stock front shocks and the same height and parts # as the 5" rear drop shocks! i got my shocks on sale on ebay because they had runs in the paint last summer for i think $40 a set! i would look on ebay for some you might find a good deal on some! or maybe someone else on here might be able to help you a lil more then me about the front! just my .02 cents
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:41 PM   #7
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

I also removed the front bumpstop and replaced it with an aftermarket one. See photo below.

Also, in regards to shocks, check out the link in my signature line regarding "upper rear shock relocation". It also includes alternate inexpensive Monroe shocks (about $25 a piece)

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Old 06-10-2011, 07:47 PM   #8
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

Found a good deal on some Belltec nitro shocks, so I've got shocks and bump stops on order. Thanks a lot guys.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:31 PM   #9
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

I made upper shock relocators for the front of mine. Raised it 2.5" so stock length shocks still work fine (couldn't tell ya my drop but the front bumper just clears a standard curb).
In the rear I flipped the lower mounts backwards and swapped sides, then used the old front upper mounts off the side of the rear frame for upper/rear mounts.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:07 AM   #10
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

post em up frizzle...sounds like what i am looking for thanks
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:43 PM   #11
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

Here you go.
First, for reference, here's how it sits now:


...and here's the front relocator ( cell phone pics...). Gained me 2.5" of shock travel. That's closer to 5" at the wheels.



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and here's the rear set-up






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Old 06-12-2011, 12:25 AM   #12
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

That is pretty much exactly where mine sits now too. I may try some of your suggestions when I go to change out the rear shocks, sounds like some solid ideas. Thanks for the info and pictures.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:34 AM   #13
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You're welcome. And I should mention that the stability at highway speeds is incredible. Getting those rear shocks pushed outboard really helps.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:49 AM   #14
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

At some point one of the previous owners installed air shocks on the rear of my truck. For now I am happy with them, and they seem to work fine in the rear (not to mention being able to add a little air to help level the ride when the bed is loaded down). But once I get a chance to install the C-notch kit I have sitting in my shop I am going to pull those air shocks out and get a matching pair of BellTech nitros for the rear. I'm going to give your relocation trick a try, I like the ideas and execution, and who couldn't use more travel and more stability?
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #15
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

......very creative as usual Frizzle!!! Love the rear shock idea and the truck looks cool, too!!
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:17 PM   #16
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

thanks frizzle...very simple and very effective use of available parts, so simple most people (including me) would overlook or over think those modifications...nice work
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:08 PM   #17
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

No prob gents!

I went with monroe sensa-trac in the front and used the ones that were on the front (lighter valve/worn-in) on the rear. Would be perfect with some jeep rear springs (mine are cut for now). Rear bump stops are cut by 1/2.

I usually go for the latest/greatest aftermarket stuff, but this time I decided to keep it old school and use/mod existing parts.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:30 PM   #18
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

i got pictures of my front shock mount! i went with the aftermarket relocators, i got 2" drop springs and bought stock height springs since the bolt hole moved up 2"-2.5" inches! i like your idea frizzle using parts you already had and a lil skills they look good, well done!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:37 PM   #19
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

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i got pictures of my front shock mount! i went with the aftermarket relocators, i got 2" drop springs and bought stock height springs since the bolt hole moved up 2"-2.5" inches! i like your idea frizzle using parts you already had and a lil skills they look good, well done!!
What brand relocators are those?
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:33 PM   #20
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they are from cpp, i had to lift my cab off a lil bit to drill the holes for the bracket to mount on the frame! can't remember how much they were or the part number.
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

would this rear shock mod work on a 771 lower mounts? the lower shock plates are different than those on my 71 but look like there in the same place
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Re: Freshly Lowered Questions.....

I have a 71 C10 driver side front upper shock mounting is elongated this would be a good reason to relocate them will this work on a 71 C10 also the picture that you showed I'm curious where was the original location of the shock mounting was, is that hole next to it?
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