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Old September 22nd, 2009, 09:32 PM
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Front shaft hitting the Cross member

After putting on the 2" shock lowering towers on it seems like the front shaft is hitting the crossmember. I was wondering if this is normal and how I can fix it? I have the 200tdi with the old school crossmember from an 1985.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 03:33 AM
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There should be some play in the holes for the crossmember so you can scoot it down a 3/8ths of an inch or so.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 06:09 AM
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Good point, that will prob do it. I have those wiper things for you ron.
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You are talking about the front driveshaft contacting the transmission crossmember correct?

Why would lowering (or raising) your shock mounts cause your drive shaft to get any closer or further from the front crossmember? Shocks should not make much of a diffrence in amount of lift you have and if you are using the same old ones it should not change the lift at all.

Are the shocks the proper length for your mounts?

Is it almost touching it when sitting on flat ground? Will lowering it 3/8 be enough to clear when the suspension flexes?

Sounds fishy to me
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Im talking about when its on the lift in the shop.
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ahh you were talking about when it is on the lift, you have more droop with the lower shock towers, that makes more sense then

Try what Ron said, if that does not work you could always try a limiting strap.

Also make sure your shocks are the proper length and do not bottom out as that will kill your shock.
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And make sure your brake hoses are long enough for the added down travel.

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tomaco, how did you fix this? I found the same issue on my truck
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I ditched the 2' lower towers
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