Well I am with you in the I forgot where they rock was club ( and finding it with a very solid part of my rig lol). As for the shock you could run a nut over the threads to see if it clears it up a bit. If you decide to replace then lucky for you shocks are very straight forward. Usually 2 bolts, one top one bottom. If you want you can look it up on YouTube to see if it's something you want to tackle.If it makes you feel any better, Travis - I broke too. With Rich's spotting, I was able to clear that last obstacle near the top of the mountain pretty easily. But once I made it past the obstacle, I stopped paying attention for just a second, and plowed right into a chunky rock sitting in the middle of the trail. It hit my right radius arm on the underside and put a nice gouge on it. It was a pretty sold hit, it basically stopped me cold in my tracks. I didn't really notice it at the time, but I bet the impact popped my right shock off at the axle mount. Once we started heading down the hill on that fire road, I did notice a tendency to nose dive on hard left turns and the few bumpy sections did cause some pretty nice clunks to occur. But I made it home without noticing what happened. It was only today when I went under the rig for a look-see and to check some bolts that I saw what had happened.
The threads on the shock shaft look pretty buggered up. Should I attempt to remount the shock as is, or replace the shock? (Bear in mind, I am still pretty new to wrenching on Land Cruisers, so I'd love some good advice on what to do)
I think it is at full extension. I wrapped it with a thin rubber mat and grabbed it with some vice grips, and couldn't get it to come out any further. The shock shaft itself has some nice scratches in it. I assume the shock is probably no good because of that alone. But as far as I can tell, the shaft didn't actually shear off. I bet if I chased the threads on the end of the shaft, I could remount it. Whether that is a good idea or not is another matter.Katsuo70
If that’s att full extension it seems short and may need new shocks.
Can you share a link for the dobinson sale?I think it is at full extension. I wrapped it with a thin rubber mat and grabbed it with some vice grips, and couldn't get it to come out any further. The shock shaft itself has some nice scratches in it. I assume the shock is probably no good because of that alone. But as far as I can tell, the shaft didn't actually shear off. I bet if I chased the threads on the end of the shaft, I could remount it. Whether that is a good idea or not is another matter.
It's all academic at this point. Dobinsons is running a black friday sale. I've been wanting to upgrade the suspension anyway. New suspension stuff has been ordered.
I'm in Mission Viejo, if you want to swing by and see what the stock mounting looks like. LMK if you think any photos would help.Thanks for the reminder. I don't know. Haven't had a chance to swap the spare on and take the tire with the nail in it to America's Tire. It is still holding air, but I know that doesn't mean much. I won't be driving on that tire because, well - the broken shock...
Right now I'm trying to figure out if I can reattach the shock so I can drive it safely to a shop to have the new suspension parts installed (when they get here). I know it looks like the shock shaft sheared off at the mount, but I'm not so sure about that. There's actually a threaded fitting on the top of the bushings and washers on the top side of the shock mount. It looks like the shock shaft just screws back into that fitting instead of going all the way down through to the lower side of the mount. Everything else is still in place - the normal bushings and washers are present both on top and below the shock mount. But like I said, I don't have familiarity with this stuff, and I have to get down there and take a better look at it to see what actually happened.