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    Default shocks...

    Hey guys,
    i asked about this before but didnt get too much info...but now i really need to get a new pair of front shocks and still am not 100% positive the length i need
    i have a 2" leveling kit and 3" fabtech spindle lift.
    my lift came with fabtech shocks part#FTS7332 which i just found out according to google is for dodges not my truck and i have had these on there since january 2009... no problems that i know of...other than one side on each of the bottom mount barpins stripping through the bolts... yikes!
    all i need to know is with a 2" spacer and 3" spindle lift... will stock length shocks work or shocks that are 2" longer (which are a needle in the haystack to find) work? if i need shocks 2" longer then i cant find anything from bilstein :(
    pretty sure after all that ive heard that the spindle doesnt change shock length at all
    2000 Chevrolet Silverado

    4.3L V6, 4L60E, 2WD, Single Cab
    Airaid CAI
    Poweraid TB Spacer
    Flowmaster 10-series exhaust (dumped)
    Edge CS insight monitor
    4.10 gears
    Limited-slip differential
    LS-1 Dual Electric fans
    Corvette tranny servo swap

    Head Unit: Alpine
    Speakers: Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" component set, 4X6 Infinity Kappas
    Subs: 2-12" Kicker CVT's
    Amps: Alpine-M1000 (subs), Alpine MRX-F65 (Speakers)

    305/70R16 NITTO Terra Grapplers
    16" PROCOMP 7089's
    2" leveling kit
    3" Fabtech Spindle Lift Kit
    Front/Rear-Bilstein 5100 shocks

    35W HID Low Beams
    RECON LED smoked roof cab lights
    HELLA LED taillights and 3rd brakelight
    HELLA FF-75 Aux. Reverse Lamps
    RIGID dually D2, flush mount, wide beam
    Hawk HPS Brake pads
    Russell braided steel brake lines
    Powerstop-red powdercoated brake calipers
    Powerslot Cryo brake rotors
    EGR in-channel window visors

  2. #2


    Yep, the spindle doesn't affect the length of shock you need. Does Bilstein make a stock replacement for your truck? Bilsteins shocks usually have more travel than a factory shock so the stock replacement Bilstein should be fine.

    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
    B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
    Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
    Weather Tech floor mats
    Cover-Craft seat covers
    Dash mat cover
    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.

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    heres what i have...
    FTS7332 Specifications:
    this is for 03-08 dodges with 2-3" spacer...on my truck
    Extended Length: 18.12"
    Collapsed Length: 11.71"
    Shock Travel: 6.41"
    Shock Body Diameter: 2.00"
    Finish: White Paint
    Upper Mount: S38
    Lower Mount: BP13
    Hardware Pack Included: YES PO1029

    and i found this actually for bilstein which is STOCK WITHOUT LIFT

    • Bilstein 5100 Series Shock Absorber
    • Collapsed Length (IN): 11.3
    • Extended Length (IN): 17.58
    • Travel Length (IN): 6.28
    • Lower Mount: Bar pin
    • Upper Mount: Stem
    • Shaft Diameter: 14mm

    this actually seems to match up to me as far as compressed and extended length...
    what do you think???
    but now my question is... were these shocks i have even right in the first place???

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    There are alot of shocks that do interchange between differant manufactures with lift kits. If those shocks came with the Fabtech kit then most likely there the correct ones. I think those Bilsteins will be fine.

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    okay thank you!
    now what how would i know if a shock wasnt the right length??? i.e. extended too long/too short, compressed too long/too short?

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    Well we had all sorts of books that had the stock shock spec's and the aftermarket company books with there specs.

  7. #7


    anyone have anything to say on:
    CST csr-1100 vs BILSTEIN 5100??
    ive heard nothing bad about the 5100's but cant seem to find many reviews on the CST shocks... they do have longer travel though

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