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Old December 9th, 2007, 08:23 PM
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lowered shock towers

Has anyone used the Rovers North 2" lowered shock towers?

http://www.roversnorth.com/store/pc-...8-2-lower.aspx

Did they improve articulation?
How were they with Bilstein shocks? (what I have now)
Are there any other shocks that might work better?
Did they compromise or change the onroad handling or ride (I assume it got a bit harder).
Looking at videos of me going down and up Wipeout Hill I could see that I don't have that much front end downward articulation but I don't want to go to 3 link or compromise my onroad driving. This seemed like a solid reasonable way to add 2" of droop.

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Why not just run longer shocks?
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Old December 9th, 2007, 10:04 PM
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Good question.
Any recommendations?


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If you have a lift, something with 10in of travel. I always like bilsteins, get the model that suits your budget. 7100, 5100 etc.
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Why not just run longer shocks?
especially for $180.
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Has anyone actually used the Bilstein 5100s or 7100s? I looked at the Bilstein site and it says they are only loop to loop on the mounting. They don't even show an application for Land Rover in those models.
I couldn't find them on the store sites either.
Am I missing something because I liked the Bilstein idea.

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Old December 10th, 2007, 02:13 AM
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Has anyone actually used the Bilstein 5100s or 7100s? I looked at the Bilstein site and it says they are only loop to loop on the mounting. They don't even show an application for Land Rover in those models.
I couldn't find them on the store sites either.
Am I missing something because I liked the Bilstein idea.

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loop style mounts available through rovertym for cheap.
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Thanks.

I'll them.

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I spoke with Rovertym and with the Bilstein 7100s I'd need new upper and lower shock mounts plus the $$$ for the 7100s.
Decided that the Bilsteins might mean more mods necessary - longer brake lines and bump stops plus having to maintain a rebuildable shock.
RoverTym said the lower shock tower would work for my needs and so I decided to go with the 2" lower ones from RN.

Thanks for your help,

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You could have run the standard eye to stud 10in shocks with disco II towers on top or used a stud to stud in 10in. I had warn shocks in that length at some point.

On the plus side the RN units are quite beastly looking and will not rust out like stock.
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what are the tradeoffs if any of going with the lowered shock towers? I am thinking the same thing as an option when going with an OME 2" lift, but don't understand the downside.
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I spoke with Rovertym and with the Bilstein 7100s I'd need new upper and lower shock mounts plus the $$$ for the 7100s.
Decided that the Bilsteins might mean more mods necessary - longer brake lines and bump stops plus having to maintain a rebuildable shock.
RoverTym said the lower shock tower would work for my needs and so I decided to go with the 2" lower ones from RN.

Thanks for your help,

Clark
Shouldn't need new upper mounts, should only need new lower mounts front and rear. Only reason you'd need new upper mounts is up front if you get reservoir shocks.

longer brake lines would be necessary with the 2" lower shock towers too- you are still increasing the potential travel.

whatever though.

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what are the tradeoffs if any of going with the lowered shock towers? I am thinking the same thing as an option when going with an OME 2" lift, but don't understand the downside.
there was no downside, per se, so much as it's a matter of why drop $180 on the towers, why not drop $180 on new longer shocks?
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Downside is that you risk bottoming out the shock on compression. Everyone I know goes with TALLER not shorter mounts and runs longer shocks.
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Downside is that you risk bottoming out the shock on compression. Everyone I know goes with TALLER not shorter mounts and runs longer shocks.
i dont know why i didnt think of that, especially considering part of the reason I went for the 10" Fox up front when I redid the suspension on my old truck was because my Ranchos were bottoming out.
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i lowered the mounts at first and did not lengthen the lines. eventually i poped a line on a trail and it was no fun getting off the mountain. in hindsight i'd wish i'd had Ron's advice. makes more sense to me now.
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Lesson one: listen to evilfij. It may not make sense at first, but eventually it will all come together.

If you extend travel you should invest in longer brake lines. Heck, everyone should have longer stainless steel brake lines as 10 years is about all stock rubber lines should be permitted to be on a truck.
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yah, arent' there lowered bumps stops avaiable too?

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Downside is that you risk bottoming out the shock on compression. Everyone I know goes with TALLER not shorter mounts and runs longer shocks.
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Yes, extended bumpstops. RN sells them or get them from Poly performance.
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heh. alas, my vehicle still iies dormant somewhere in NJ. But i did get a set of stock towers with some bilsteins attached. The towers will go off fo dipping along with everything lese, then I will follow your sage advice for not using the $$$ lowered mounts!

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Yes, extended bumpstops. RN sells them or get them from Poly performance.
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I already have stainless steel braided longer brake lines and I did ask RN about any issues with the shorter towers and they said there were none - including bottoming out or a hard ride.
So, I guess I'll fit and check.

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