Shock Length?

TerryD Jul 27, 2020

  1. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    I was doing some investigating and IIRC my OE Extended travel 2.0 Rads are only 1" shorter full extension than TS 2.0 Rads.

    Since most folks aren't using the full amount of up travel anyways, I was considering running my Rads with a 2" lift spacer and bump stopping to keep from bottoming them out.
     
  2. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Is this a statement or question? :p:D
     
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  3. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Little of both...
     
  4. Zack.

    Zack. First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Do you know what your fully extended length is? There’s a lot of good research around this (which I’m sure you’ve seen) on CF in Glamisdude’s threads.
     
  5. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    I haven't seriously started reading up on it yet but I've measured my Rads and a buddy's TS Rads and there was only an inch difference.

    I was ORIGINALLY considering running his Rads in my OE width setup for the added travel since I'm running a spacer on my Rads now.

    I'll havento check out that thread though.
     
  6. KC!

    KC! Bought an X

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    That would definitely work but it would mainly be dependent on your bump stop length, I believe. Also, I thought the Radflos has internal bump stops?
     
  7. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Adjusting the bump stops isn't a big deal, I'm using some Energy Suspension pieces to limit my up travel now because my SPCs hit my inner wheel wells hard enough to bend some bolts behind the plastic liner.
     
  8. AdventureRider81

    AdventureRider81 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    They do but........ If you go through Albatross Cafe's build thread there is some info in there where he sent out is RAD's for a rebuild and the internal bump stops where toast. The shocks had a fairly low amount of miles on them and the rebuild was pricey. A strap and bump up front could save the headache of rebuilding shocks often.
     
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  9. AlbatrossCafe

    AlbatrossCafe Bought an X

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    True, and I think I am at that point again lol. I was supposed to put limit straps on after the first rebuild... now I think I finally learned my lesson. The coilovers clunk SUPER LOUDLY when dropping off a rock or going into a pothole. It's terrible. Feels like a 50 year old car in the front. IDK if that is just Radflo or what.

    Bottoming out isn't a problem though with nice progressive bump stops. I think using the spacer so he doesn't lose the down travel is gonna be better than nothing.
     
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  10. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Got a good price on some MOOG lcas, factory ucas and QX56 shafts. Really leaning toward the swap.

    Run OE wheels and 285s to keep it narrow as I can and low. Maybe add adjustable rear shackles and bump the lift up closer to 3" so I can use more of my rear shock travel. The arch and capacity of the Alcans keep me from getting full droop as it sits.
     
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  11. AdventureRider81

    AdventureRider81 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    I'm in the same boat. Everything polyurethane squeaks horribly and greasing only cures it temporarily. I did find quite a bit of the "clunk" comes from the stock Titan LCA's. They're may be a cure for that. PRG makes a Delrin spacer for it. Link here https://www.prgproducts.com/product-page/delrin-lower-a-arm-bushing-donuts. I just get them but, haven't had time to install yet. Talking to Greg on the phone his explanation was over time the rubber bushings on the LCA's deteriorate and can cause the LCA to have a tiny bit of forward and aft play, resulting in a "clunk". The Delrin doughnuts removes the play, and holds up longer then the rubber, in thoery.



    Must of the hideous noises on my X come from the forward leaf spring poly bushings on the Alcan's. I am looking for something better there. I'm tired of lubing those things all the time. Atlas makes leaf springs with rubber bushings that would be quit but, likely won't hold up long for off road use.
     
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  12. General_Tarfun

    General_Tarfun Need Bigger Tires

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    I have those Delrin donuts on mine, I installed them at the same time as new LCA's with the theory that they would help the rubber bushings hold up a bit longer than if they were flexing back and forth. I think they make the ride a bit harsher by not letting the arms move around at their mounts but other than that I have no complaints.

    I'm not a big fan of poly, it's sold as a lifetime product but they deteriorate just like rubber does over time. I had poly rack bushings that turned into cottage cheese after a few years one time.
     
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