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  1. #1

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    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
    thanks,
    kyle
    2000 Chevrolet Silverado

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

    Audio:
    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)


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

    Lighting:
    FRONT
    35W HID Low Beams
    RECON LED smoked roof cab lights
    REAR
    HELLA LED taillights and 3rd brakelight
    HELLA FF-75 Aux. Reverse Lamps
    RIGID dually D2, flush mount, wide beam
    Accessories:
    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

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    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.
    :cool:

    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.
    :glasses:

  3. #3

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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???

  4. #4

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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?

  6. #6

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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

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    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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