Shock length

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I hav added a 4" lift with longer shackles. I have measured the extension and compression of the new kit and have 17.5" compression and 22.5" droop in the front. (center to center on the shock mounts) I have similar numbers in the rear.

My question is:
Do these numbers sound about right?
When I order shocks I just need to stay under the length compression and over the length for droop. Right?

Doeschtech shock example:
Extension Compression
29.50 17.00
 

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12.5" stroke sounds right to me....IMO, I run the 14" stroke and modify mounts to work...(longer towers in front, Ford ones, see the Cruiser Facts section...)
 
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Thanks, 73, for asking this question.

Woody, it finally clicked why you modify your front towers. You have to raise the upper shock mount (w/Ford towers) because the longer stroke shock has a longer body? Otherwise you would bottom the shock out on compression? The payoff for the extra work is more droop?

Dumb questions, I know, but I've been wondering about it since I will also probably do a 4" spring lift.

Sorry for being slow on the uptake. I always thought you got more droop from more beer. And that more droop wasn't always a good thing. Silly me. :D
 

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exactly grassahoppa....your up travel is still bump stop limited, but droop has higher potential....

NOW, spend some time studying why a 45 degree shackle angle is more or less optimal and why greater droop and a smoother ride result....lol
 

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