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    Default Shock Therapy.

    So after installing the drop keys and rear shackles the ride suffered a little bit, or as my Wife remarked "it's a lot more bouncy isn't it?". So after 100,000 miles new shocks were definitely in order! With the lift keys in, the front suspension was a lot stiffer so the worn out shocks were masked by the reduced suspension travel, so naturally when I lowered it with the drop keys, and thus relaxing the torsion bars, the need for new shocks became apparent. Also in the rear with the blocks removed and the drop shackles installed the rear shock angle wasn't really optimum for a smooth ride. Or in other words the ass end was bouncing all over the place!
    Yesterday the FedEx man came with some new front shocks and some rear shock bracket extenders to straighten out the rear shock angle. I got them installed this morning and what a difference! Pretty much got my factory ride back. Rear shocks will be coming in next couple of weeks, but it'll do for now. The rear end is so much more stable now that the shocks are restored to their original angles.
    Anyway on to pics,(come on you knew I'd have pics!)

    Front shocks

    Out with the old in with the new!


    Rear bracket extender.

    Improved angle

    Last edited by adampaul1964; 03-25-2011 at 12:46 PM.

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    some good info to know, thanks
    2008 TAHOE LT, volant powercore, superchips programmer

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    Master Mechanic clgoch187's Avatar
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    are those shocks shorter than stock? and stiffer would be nice too to make up for reduced suspension travel
    03 Silverado 1500
    285/75/16 BFG's
    2 Blaupunkt 10" vW1000 subs in Subthump box
    ProComp Level Lift & 3" rear blocks

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    There's nothing better than installing new hardware Nice.
    04 ECSB Custom silver & grey, Soft 8's, BFG KO's, ReadyLift Leveling Kit, Hellwig front sway bar, K&N filter, DeeZee EZ-Down, Rhino liner, Alpine CDE103BT, Rockford 6.5's, 12" V.A.T. Hammer Pro in a Subthump box, Alpine PowerPack amp, Hifonics amp, BackRack w/ 55w 5000k HID KC Daylighters, KC light bar with 4 KC Slimlites, UWS toolbox, Shaved Antenna mod, Black Bowtie, LED backup, license plate, dome lights & 3rd brake light

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    new hardware is always a good thing to do.

    2010 Silverado Z71


    "Fueled by Haters"

    TCS front box 7"-9" set at 8.5" | FTS coilovers(blue coil) with resis and FTS shocks with resis| 20" Fuel Off-Road Revolver Rims | 35x12.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers | Halo Projector Head Lights by Recon- Black | Led Taillights by Recon- Smoked | Dumped Straight pipe | Volant CAI | Ranch Hand Front Bumper | DiabloSport Trinity Programmer | Tow Mirrors with Turn Signal | Cervinis Ram-Air hood | 4.56 USA gears with tru trac locker | Longshot Lighting 6000k 55w low beam and 6000k 35w fogs HIDs | 7" lift leaf spring | Blue TCS traction bars

    Future Mods: Long tube headers
    | Custom tune | Cam | Stall Converter

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    Quote Originally Posted by clgoch187 View Post
    are those shocks shorter than stock? and stiffer would be nice too to make up for reduced suspension travel
    Yes they are shorter, Belltech street performance shocks supposedly tuned for a lowered suspension. They seem to be working pretty well so far, and we have some pretty crappy roads here in South Central PA as I'm sure you know only too well!

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    I have always like the lowered level look of your truck. Nice to hear you are having a smooth ride now. Great write up too.
    "The best things in life aren't things"

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    Haha Adam you caught the bug as bad as I did. Just wait till those swaybars go on, you'll be ready to auto-x it

    2003 Silverado, SOLD 1/11/11 for my... 2001 Ford Mustang Bullit, #1787

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