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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-13-2016, 11:19 AM
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Blaine - why?
Inconsistent performance, they fade very quickly, and there is no benefit to them other than cost. If you need more travel, outboard a remote reservoir shock with some quality mounts, flip the calipers to the front side of the axle, and get all the good out of the shocks you can with whatever travel you desire within reason.


Did you change rear shocks with the axle swap?
Are the lower mounts on the new axle the same as the old axle?
Did anything change with the upper mounts?
How much up travel do you have now?
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-13-2016, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Rear shocks are the same, lower mounts are different and on the backside of the tube, top shock mount is the same. I forgot how much up travel I have with the old Bilsteins 5100s. I thought the shop was going to do a caliper flip but I see they are still in the original position. I want as much travel as the four-link will deliver so I will probably need to remove the shocks, bumpstops and flex the axle and measure the travel.

I'm not going to change anything now (but I'm certainly not opposed to Fox remote reservoir), that will be a fun winter project.
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Glad it's back on all four's.
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Yesterday morning Craig and I took Rubi out to the rock crawling area west of Montrose and did one of the easier trails called Calamity. When I say easier, most of the trails in this area are really suited for tube buggies; this trail had one obstacle that was a two step climb. I got up the first step with no problem but struggled on the second step which had a huge hole the left rear tire was in (but that was the correct line.) I almost got up but the right front tire was not in firm ground contact so I essentially had three wheel drive.

Craig had to throw several rocks for my left rear tire and I finally got Rubi up and over, very fun obstacle. The rear suspension worked great - I felt more in control on an obstacle than ever before. Craig was suggesting the next stage for Rubi should be a Dana 60 up front with a three link and coil-overs. He would push the axle out two or three inches to make it better/easier to get up on a ledge. Next summer Rubi might get the front worked over.
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Craig was suggesting the next stage for Rubi should be a Dana 60 up front with a three link and coil-overs. He would push the axle out two or three inches to make it better/easier to get up on a ledge. Next summer Rubi might get the front worked over.
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Ya do it! and get rid of that lousy shifter linkage! !

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