02-23-2011, 09:32 PM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: El Paso, Texas
There have been alot of suggestions, and I don't disagree with any of them. But be sure to understand that one of the best shock upgrades is a set that actually fits the articulation your vehicle is capable of. Notice I didn't say 'fits your suspension (type)'...
I say this because every SPOA is not created equal, and worn leaf packs can seriously change how it sits.
Just pulling a shock off and measuring it won't always give you the right lengths. The previous owner may have gotten it wrong too.
Those of you that have been around awhile (on this forum) have probably read my 'articulation' instructions before, so this is nothing new.
-Remove all four shocks.
-Drive into a ditch in 4wd at a diagonal.
-Get to the point where a front tire and an opposite rear tire are barely touching the ground.
-Leave it in gear, shut off the motor and set the parking brake.
-Get out and go underneath with a measuring tape.
-You will have full extension and full compression for both front and rear.
-Add an inch to the extended measurement
-Take off an inch for the compressed measurement.
-Note the type of mount on each end (pin or eye)
-Take the measurements to the local auto parts store and ask if they will let you go through the catalogue to match the lengths.
-Then look at the vehicle that the shock was intended for and pick a shock that is intended for vehicle that is comparable in weight to the Zook.
Voila! A custom matched shock solution.
in old El Paso...