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Old July 23rd, 2004, 07:39 PM
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What shocks to buy?

I am looking to buy the Scorpion Racing Evolution kit ( which drops the shocks 2 inches), and run a 3 Link up front. I am running OME 764's up front, 781's in rear. I bought OME shocks, but I know they are not going to be long enough. What shocks do you guys reccomend that won't break the bank, as it is already broken .

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Old July 23rd, 2004, 08:45 PM
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I'll be curious to hear what you think of the evolution kit once its on.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 09:52 PM
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What shocks do you guys reccomend that won't break the bank, as it is already broken .

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David, $140-$170/shock is a little more than I wanted to spend. I have also heard alot of people complain about corrosion problems with those shocks. Nothing in a Rancho, or something similar?
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 10:51 PM
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Well I have a set of Foxshocks up front and I do have to say they are a ton better then the Ranchos out back. I drive year round in the 90 and they still look great even after the winter beating of salt and water, unlike the ranchos that try to rust at the first chance they get. The thing you need to do when you have alot of drop is make sure you use shocks with eyes on both ends, as it alows the shock to move a little more freely, I had Rancho's up front, the pin types, they lasted about 6 months before the pins on the bottoms of the shocks broke off.

What you need to do is find out how long of a shock you need, then buy what the broken bank allows, ranchos will be fine as long as they are eye to eye shocks, and they are long enough.
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If you are talking about the scorpion kit I think you are the OME will not be too short, in fact you cannot run anything much longer. I don't see the point of LOWERING the upper mount, unless you want to run a short (ie stock length) shock (the original SG drop kit was based on the same principle except it raised the lower mount 2in and even then they included a longer bump stop). You are better off with a 10in travel shock mounted in the stock location as it yields the same up travel but 2in more drop.

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what about the OME LTR's?
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Hey Chris,

I know what it is like to have the Rover suck all your funds. I am in the same boat. My advise is to grab a pair of super cheepos untill you can afford better and then upgrade to the FOX. I can get you a better deal than what you mentioned but I can not make it cheaper than Rancho. Trust me, I have tried a lot of shocks, and seen a lot dissasembled. The Fox is the best I have ever run. But like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Rancho is not that bad though, just not that good. Hope that helps
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Thanks for the input guys.

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ECR4 came with those adjustable fox shocks (2.0 pro series) and within a week I ruptured the hose connecting the remote resovoir to the shock. It wasn't all that big a hit (just an unseen waterbar in the road) .. I was pretty unimpressed. The hose was this small metal braided piece that a friend of my thought wasn't even rated for fluid. I bought some bilstein 7100s to replace them and they came with *real* (beefy) hydraulic hose. They feel great and haven't broken them yet!
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Does the Scorpion Evolution kit include mounting brackets for the eye to eye shock set up that Mike suggested? My Ranchos up front have broke 3 times (I just put a new one on every time). Any suggestions out there for a good external eye to eye shock mouunt in front?

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I bought some from a place online, but they broke! So the next step is to get some U channel, cut and drill some holes grind down the corners and I should be good to go.

Check out my old thread

http://www.defendersource.com/discus...s/16/1157.html
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Will, the Extreme Kit comes with an eye to eye shock tower. Actually, the shock comes with the adapter Mike mentioned. The Rancho stems are thinner than the stock LR shocks, Koni Heavy Track or the deCarbon shocks. The Evo Kit comes with a front lowered shock mount tower for pin to pint shocks.
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Old July 30th, 2004, 03:35 PM
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what's the best place to get external mounts (whether they are set up for eyelit or still require an adapter)?
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Old July 31st, 2004, 03:04 AM
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Go Bilsteins...6100, or 7100 series. Remote Res doesn't make a difference on our trucks. Pick your valving and length and your ready to go. Rovertym makes all kinds of solid shockmounts...loop mount or others.

p.s. Best part is that they are rebuildable!
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