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Old 08-24-2022, 11:36 PM   #1
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Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

My 72 Balzer K5 has about 6” lift and on the front I am running a dual shock mount kit from Skyjacker… like the setup but for some reason the factory lower spring mounts
Keep breaking (2 broke in last 10 years, and currently I have one more stressed and ready to break).

So 2 questions…

1. Does anyone make the factory shock mount for the axle tube? I will need a duplicate of the foxtrot to keep the dual shock kit!

2. If not a factory what else have you replaced them with?

Surely I am not the only one that has had this issue… Someday I want to rebuild the entire thing top to bottom but for now 2 kids at home, dogs, wife, chickens, and more are consuming my time…
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Old 08-24-2022, 11:43 PM   #2
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

Oh and I am not opposed to going to a single shock that is built really well and spending money on it as long as I don’t keep breaking the lower tabs off…

Anyone know about these mounting tabs from ruff stuff? They tend to have good heavy parts, but looking at the setup I will have to eliminate the dual shock set up and go to a single, but I could buy a good Resevoir shock or performance shock?
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Old 08-25-2022, 04:21 PM   #3
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

Moved - should not evolve into a WTB post.
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Old 08-27-2022, 05:38 PM   #4
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

Most of the dual shock lower mounts just use the stock dual shear lower tabs with a longer bolt and a spacer between the shocks. Adding another tab to the axle on the outside of the addon shock will put both shocks in a double shear mount and make it stronger. Look at places like RuffStuff for mounting tabs to modify.

Edit: No doubt a nice single King or Fox reservoir shock could be better. May require some tuning to get it where you want though. Bummer your post got moved into this place. Re-reading the original post I can see no fishing for people to sell you parts.
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Old 08-28-2022, 08:42 PM   #5
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

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If you are breaking the mounts, a few thing would contribute. Weak mounts to begin with. Improperly welded. OR wrong shocks either topping or bottoming out. Anyways these mounts are pretty beefy--made out of 1/4 plate. I actually used a pair of these on a Toyota I'm building at the moment
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Old 08-31-2022, 02:39 PM   #6
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction



Help us help you by providing some photos of your shock mounts.
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Old 09-01-2022, 12:26 AM   #7
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Old 09-06-2022, 08:38 AM   #8
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Old 09-20-2022, 02:29 AM   #9
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

The lower mount breaking has to do with the additional shock. It is added on with just a spacer. The add-on outboard shock creates a twisting stress on the lower mount causing it to break. Oddly later GM did the 4x4's lower shock mounts the same way when a quad shock option was ordered. Used the Oem quad brackets on my last 72. What made me think of this thread again is I just came across the extra set of GM quad shock brackets I purchased.
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Old 09-21-2022, 10:51 AM   #10
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Re: Front Lower Shock Mount Destruction

The stock mounts are more than capable of supporting a quad shock set-up if the correct shocks are installed and you're not jumping the vehicle or doing real extreme wheelin'. Got a 30 year old suburban with quads on it and there is no damage to the mounting system
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