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Old 08-26-2013, 06:01 PM
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So, whilst crawling around under my truck seeing what it would take to straighten out my rear bumper, I stumbled across the cause for the loud, annoying "click" Id always hear over small bumps: there is zero, and I emphasize ZERO, bushing remaining at either end of either one of my rear shocks. You can imagine the amount of play they have. Probably helps explain the vibration the rear has under braking below 5 mph as well.

That being said, since I'm going to go ahead and replace the shocks now, any recommendations? Best low-budget option? It's lifted with an extra riser block (~ 3") if that makes any difference (one day I really need to replace that with a single larger block).
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Can you tell what shocks are on it now?
If you were stock, I'd say Monroe Gas-Magnums, but I don't know if they have that much travel in them.
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Low budget Monroe, better is Bilstein 5100's

Edit: At one point you could buy the bushing in kit form cheap.
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No idea what is on there now, they're rusted to Hell. I "assume" the old ones were at one time at least halfway decent, they have proper rubber boots, but I can't even tell what color they were originally painted. They were getting replaced anyway, this discovery just bumped up the schedule a few weeks lol.

I was leaning towards Monroe, for the cost (not really looking to dump too much money into this thing) but I'm concerned about fitting with the lift. Front will be even harder, I have no idea what's installed up there, when the time comes I'll have to put up some pics for you guys to help me out with, but right now I'm just worrying about the rears.
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Do you wheel the truck hard flex it? If not stock length should be fine same goes for the front, anything over 3" lift needs longer shocks.
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I don't "yet" but not sure if I ever will. I'm not sure on the amount of lift, but it runs 35"s with plenty of clearance, nothing rubs ever. My understanding is that you need at least 4" of lift to pull that off. To be honest it's overall stance looks pretty similar to your pic Merc. Maybe I should just grab some pics and see what you guys think I have going on.
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Just yank them and measure them. Travel and overall length haven't changed even thought they worn out.
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Also a possibility, but then I'm doing the job twice. It's my only vehicle.

I took some pics, I'll get them up in a few. At any rate it would be nice to have at least SOME idea of what's on this thing lol.
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I don't "yet" but not sure if I ever will. I'm not sure on the amount of lift, but it runs 35"s with plenty of clearance, nothing rubs ever. My understanding is that you need at least 4" of lift to pull that off. To be honest it's overall stance looks pretty similar to your pic Merc. Maybe I should just grab some pics and see what you guys think I have going on.
If that's the case then you need a shock that is 35" extended and about 20" closed. Pix would help but also measure from the ground to the fender lip over the wheel.
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Ground to fender lip is about 45.5" front, 47" rear. Hard to be exact with the flares in the way.

Pics: Just doing links because I didn't resize the pics and don't wanna destroy forum bandwidth lol.

http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/th...f4bb2.jpg.html

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http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/...psccd72148.jpg

P.S.: the rear tire is getting changed this weekend (cut the sidewall), waiting for new tire to be delivered, and yes the front sway bar bushings are getting changed soon too.
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Almost looks like Procomps. MAYBE.


And I'm not going to give my opinion on your rust.
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LOL. Illinois. The rockers are getting fixed soon, maybe the doors too. Honestly the frame and underbody are shockingly clean and solid, it's just the axles and suspension that have been rotting away. My aim is to have it at least mostly cleaned up and protected before winter.

It's an $1,800 truck, and around here I could sell it as is for double that right now.
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Looks like a old 5.5 BDS lift-kit, my numbers stand for the rear shocks. You are out of the Munroe lineup, going to have to be Skyjacker, or some other lift company shock.
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Yeah I know it's old, my friend bought the truck basically how it sits now back in like '06. She ran into the guy who built it up one time, but didn't get/couldn't remember any details, hence not having any idea what's on there or for how long.

Like I said, I only paid $1,800, 114k on the clock, transmission actually works, can't really complain about having to fix it up a bit, just trying to minimize how much I dump into it.
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There not my fav but I did see Sj hydro shocks that would fit your truck for $44 each, going to have to hunt for cheap shocks that fit. 33" would be the shortest I would go. You got a good deal on that truck a little work and it will last a long time and they are ez to work on with basic tools.
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Oh man, I came from modding DSMs and one Pontiac Grand Prix during an "episode", so wrenching on this thing is like a dream come true. Not only easy, but so freaking cheap by comparison. $40-$50 each wouldn't be too bad at all.

Honestly, if I suck 2 years out of it, I'll be happy. Any longer than that or how much I invest in it depends on how things go in transmission-land.
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Oh, and about your measurements: any difference between front and rear? It's the rear I'm looking for now, front can wait until I get the budget to do all the bushings, links, steering stabilizer, etc. at once.

Either one of these look good? Measurements are in the right range, not sure if I should go Nitro or Hydro tho. This assumes they even bolt up correctly.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sja-n8079/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sja-h7079/overview/

Either way: my God is that the wrong color scheme for my truck lol.

EDIT: Summit says with a 5" lift my measurements are 15"-27". They don't even list anything in your range for Dodge. You sure on your measurements? lol The closest they go even for a 6" list is under 30" extended. I may just have tp yank one off next weekend and measure. I suppose only really need to pull one bolt and measure it still half on the truck now that I think about it, at least on the rear.
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My numbers might be off by a few yes, I am working off a 7" lift and 47" at the lip is very close to that. In your rear pic I see a 3" block and a short ad a leaf so more like a true 5" lift in the back not a 3" in the back and 5" in the front. I am getting a BDS part number of 55761 and thats for a 4.5 rear lift. I am on Dial up and takes me forever to look up parts go check it out see what you can find out.
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Holy crap dude, you are a saint for trying to help out on dial-up lol. I was wondering if that leaf set-up was stock or not.
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This honestly looks right to me. All those parts look awfully familiar, once you set aside rust and any minor changes they've made to it in the last like decade.

http://bds-suspension.com/kit-customizer?kid=244H
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