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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:00 AM
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So I got my new rte 3" springs in... No more saggy rear end... Yay!...And I had my suspension flexed with a forklift with all springs fully retained... These were the shock lengths at various points...
Front Compression: 17.5”
Front Ride Height: 20.5”
Front Extension: 25”

Rear Compression: 20” D
Rear Ride Height : 22.5”
Rear Extension: 28”

I'm not worried about the fronts as I'm going to lower the front lower mount by two inches and fit a fox 2.0 12" shock in there...

Now these are with fresh springs, so I'm thinking they are going to loosen up a bit... The original measurements I took without springs (and I've since added the a arm block as well), was 29.5 in the rear at full droop and even then it could have gone farther.... It was being held back by the break lines which have been changed out to the 25" ones now... To complicate things further I'm planning on going to 35s at some point in the near future... So my choices are these... I can fit a 12" in with no problem... Or I can go with a 14 with one of Bucks favorite bumpstops on it and use it to limit compression to about an inch but it would give me significantly more droop... Do you think that the shock can handle the stress and is one inch of compression enough in the rear? Any other suggestions?
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:14 AM
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Hard to do that without a shock... Have to buy something....
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:21 AM
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1" of compression before you're on the bumps is going to make the truck miserable to drive. I'd suggest no less than 5" on a truck that sees any regular road use.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:23 AM
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Just put in new lift... Have some super cheap placeholders that are way to soft in there until I have this worked out... Some bds things....
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 01:13 AM
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1" of compression before you're on the bumps is going to make the truck miserable to drive. I'd suggest no less than 5" on a truck that sees any regular road use.
I'm not sure a stock truck has that....
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Some wont agree with me but more is not always better, more flex doesnt always mean more capable on the trail. They make short tube long travel shocks that might work for what you are looking for. 12" shocks would be the most I would personally go with. Those RTE springs arent going to sagg to much if any. Good luck, and I would call bilstein or fox to get a professional opinion. They will give you the best advice I would think.
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I'm not sure a stock truck has that....
A truck with 2-3" of lift shouldn't be that far off. Maybe somewhere in the mid-4" range.

If you're trying to go crazy on droop you're going to need to ditch your current trailing arm mounts and replace the pancake bushings with a heim or johnny joint.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 02:08 PM
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Already done. I have rte currie jointed trailing arms.

Coils also limit compression with coil bind.
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