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Old 11-27-2006, 08:27 AM
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I'm with Kevin. I've driven around on a low lift truck enough to know. 3 inches of up travel is about the minimum on a daily driver. I'm a lot happier with about 5 inches of uptravel.

You could always move your shock mounts. I had to tilt my rear shocks to get max travel out of it. I have 14" vertical of travel at the shock mount on the axle. The compressed length is 8" and the extended length is 22". That shock doesn't exist. I'm running highly tilted Rancho 9012s and am happy so far.

I could move my shock mount to the front or back of the axle instead of on top to stand them up straighter, or punch holes in the floor and mount the shocks halfway up the roll bar.

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Old 11-27-2006, 08:42 AM
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Limit compression and you'll break the mounts and or shocks, limit droop and you'll limit articulation..
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Ok, thanks all. So any other adverse effects to limiting down travel, other than reduced articulation? Nay I looked for the 6100 specs but all I found were vehicles and lifts and what fits what, not extended & collapsed dimensions. Last piece of info, is when the 6253 shocks were mounted up front I measured 15.5" eye to eye, so the shock itself pushed the truck up 1/2". And they were pretty tough to compress to get reinstalled in back.. is that normal?
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:49 AM
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I think the only negative is that shocks don't make really great limit straps. You MIGHT be able to pull one apart (usually the eyes break off) Not likely, but it is kinda "poor form" to use 'em as limiters.
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I think the only negative is that shocks don't make really great limit straps. You MIGHT be able to pull one apart (usually the eyes break off) Not likely, but it is kinda "poor form" to use 'em as limiters.
I concur Dr. Rudy! Shocks do not last long when the valving on the piston becomes the limiting strap!
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Ok, thanks all. So any other adverse effects to limiting down travel, other than reduced articulation? Nay I looked for the 6100 specs but all I found were vehicles and lifts and what fits what, not extended & collapsed dimensions. Last piece of info, is when the 6253 shocks were mounted up front I measured 15.5" eye to eye, so the shock itself pushed the truck up 1/2". And they were pretty tough to compress to get reinstalled in back.. is that normal?
Sorry, the short body are 7100 remote reservoir...nothing that seems to fit your application. The applications for 6100's that I pulled up show dimensions (5100 only shows applications). Ideally you'd want an 8" travel shock, but that's not going to work for up travel. Any way to raise the upper mounts by 1.5" so you can use the 6252 model in the 5125 class? Or maybe move to a pin mount shock if that is the factory mount style so you aren't increasing compressed length with eye adapters.

Bilsteins are very difficult to compress by hand...almost impossible if you can't get some real leverage on them.
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Yes, thanks I've been thinking along those same lines all day, have an idea in my head for a way to raise the upper mounts. I'll try to stare at it some more tonight.
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