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Old 06-02-2010, 06:39 PM
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Default I need new shocks and i need help

Okay so i need new shocks and i just bought 2 bilstein shocks that were meant to fit on a stock 2007 ford ranger 4wd w/torsion bars and they came no where close to fitting. they were way to small. so i took those back and now i'm desperately trying to find a shock that will fit my truck.

currently my truck is sitting on maxed tbars and belltech shackles in the back. right now i am trying to replace the front shocks only. i will get to the rears another day. i took the old shock off the front driver side and i measured the distance between the two places that the shock bolts onto the truck. it is 18.1 inches give or take a tenth of an inch. this is while the truck is sitting on the ground (not jacked up). the old shock that i pulled out has an extended length of 18.1 inches.. i was under the impression that a shock needed to have room to travel down and AND up. with those shocks i see no room for it to go up.

now the bilstein's that i bought were 14 inches fully extended... is it possible that they just sent me the wrong shocks? now at this point the only possible option i have found is a Gabriel Max Control shock that Autozone sells that has an extended length of 18.09 inches... it would barely fit but it would fit... the only other option i can think of is the Superlift Shock that is designed for use after a 4" lift is installed. does anyone know the extended and collapsed length of the 4" superlift shock? the way i look at it, i need a shock that's extended length is ~20 inches and collapsed length is ~16 inches. if i am wrong about that please tell me.

so with all that being said does anyone know of some shocks that i can buy that would properly fit my truck?

Thanks, John
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:01 PM
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Default Re: I need new shocks and i need help

Sounds like they may have sent you the wrong ones. They should measure the same length as the ones you pulled off. The reason that the Distance you measured and the extended lenght of the shock are the same is because, you have maxed out your t-bars. When you max out your t-bars you will have No down travel in the suspension, meaning the shock will be extended all the way out.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:11 PM
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Sounds like they may have sent you the wrong ones. They should measure the same length as the ones you pulled off. The reason that the Distance you measured and the extended lenght of the shock are the same is because, you have maxed out your t-bars. When you max out your t-bars you will have No down travel in the suspension, meaning the shock will be extended all the way out.
hm okay. so the shock i should be looking for should be 18 inch extended length?

P.S. - does anyone have knowledge of the Gabriel Max Control shocks and are they any good? there priced at $60 a shock so they are a little cheaper than the bilsteins.

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