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Old September 22nd, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Front external shock mounts?

I have a SG 3-link to install on my D90 and thought about converting to front external Shock mounts at the same time.

Any comments on the pro's and con's about doing this?

Any suggestions as to where I can buy the mounts, or will I need to get them made custom?
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 04:42 PM
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I didn't on mine, Just made custom mounts.

Now I make them by Morphing a set of D2 mounts with the D1/D90 mounts I had to make them long enough..
Given enough time with cutting tools and a welder and I can do all sorts of silly things.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 05:40 PM
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What are your expectations regarding performance?
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 06:16 PM
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Shane at Rover Hybrids made mine and I like them. Easy to swap the shock out without going through the spring.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 07:05 PM
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What are your expectations regarding performance?
The 110 doesn't have a three link but the #'s say it wouldn't bump a shock if it did.
The disco does have a 3 link and the 14" shocks go through the springs and they've never touched.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 09:40 PM
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If you run shocks bigger than 2" dia or longer than 14" (some 12" will rub.....and it doesn't take much of a rub to bend) you will need to go outside the coil. You don't need anything longer than 14" shocks with a standard SG 3 link. Mounting outside the coil can be troublesome depending on tire size and wheel offset.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 06:14 PM
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It sure would be nice to have the shocks mounted external for ease of changing/revalving etc. If I can't find a simple solution, I'll just keep them internal. I may look into Keith's solution and have some towers modified.

What shock valving are people using for Fox shocks? I have heard of several suggestions.

85/95 in front and 95/105 rear

70/90 both

30/90 for the front and 85/100 for the rear.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 06:34 PM
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I have had Safari Gard front external shock mounts for a couple of years on my 90. I love them. Way easy to swap out shocks. I have a 3-link and run 12 inch remote res. Bilstein 7100's. Very nice set up. I would imagine SG still makes them w/the new ownership. I can e-mail you pics if you need. Also I just ordered some front shock mounts for one of my clients on his 110. They are from Rovertym. Not on the website yet, but they sent me picks. Not external but are custom made and supposedly adjustable. Should have them here shortly. I can also send pics of those. Desicions, desicions? Let me know if I can help.

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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:35 PM
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Some discussion on Pirate 4x4 that Safari Gard has died again.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:40 PM
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John - can you post or email some picks of the RTE adjustable mounts. That sounds interesting. Thx. Mark
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:43 PM
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Funny you say that. I work @ a LR dealer and we were trying to start a new relationship after there downfall and they have been blowing us off. We were ready to drop some real dough w/those guys. Do they not like money? Thanks for the heads up. I'm tired of calling and e-mailing them.

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Sorry Mark whats you e-mail. I seem to keep having trouble posting pics here. I must just be too dumb. Happy to send though.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:44 PM
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John - email sent. Thx. Mark
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:49 PM
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cool!

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If I remember right maybe $150.00 bucks. Just call Ben @ Rovertym for the scoop.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:52 PM
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Here's an image. Thanks John.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 06:05 PM
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Thanks for the picture, it answered my Rovertym question. I would like to see the SG shock mount if someone has a picture around.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 06:27 PM
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I can get you a pic. What's your e-mail.
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John, what valving did you use on your Shocks front and rear with the bilsteins? 360/80 front ?? 275/78 rear???
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SG 3-link : I have fox 2.0 remote reservoir (12" I think), adjustable; inside the springs. Top of cone was cut out for the braided line. Never have rubbed. The only thing I don't like is that the wheel well/shock tower is open to the engine compartment...potential for lots of mud, water etc. at higher speeds (will correct some day). I do change my shock settings; road, rocks, vs washboard...very noticeable, especially the rougher access dirt roads at speed. Really was surprised at how well the 3-link worked on trail while maintaining reasonable road manners. I still have the rear sway bar connected; over obstacles, the front feels like it is driving over a marshmallow, while the rear drops/harsh...
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