Originally Posted by m3bassman
arent your rear shocks leaking in under a year of mild use?
So here is the skinny, lots of people on here will tell you spend all the extra money yada yada yada. is it really that necessary? i say no. if he wanted to have a better ride, he would be looking at high end suspension parts. he wants a lift. spacers are a great way of doing that on a budget.
A lot of people here that bad mouth spacers have never even had them on their own vehicles to make a good judgement, they just hear many others here talk about how shitty the ride is and that opinion spreads like wildfire.
I recently installed a spacer lift up front and a very beefy AAL out back. and guess what!? it really doesnt ride all that bad. Before the lift i was running on sagging OEM suspension that was very squishy feeling when driving around. the front spacers did infact firm it up a bit but back to where i think the ride up front is perfect. probably very close to how it was from the factory i bet.
On the back, i threw on a procomp AAL which are very beefy and they are listed as a firm riding AAL. Before i installed it, with the canopy on the bed, my springs were frowning with negative arch. Since the install, the rear is very firmed. this is also amplified by the fact that i removed the shell so there is barely any weight over them. Is it a bad ride? no. it still needs to settle and should soften once i run some weight in the rear for a bit and then it should be right on par with the front and able to carry more weight than before without sagging.
Now it is my understanding that the daystar lift uses a top plate spacer that goes on top of the assembly. Many people that know so much
about how bad spacers ride for some reason dont realize that there are different types of spacers
the daystar lift being on top of the assembly allow it to retain a factory ride. the other common type of spacer is the one that goes between the top of the coil and the top plate. this is the spacer that creates the rough ride. it preloads the coil which the valving in the shock isnt tuned to.
For what your son wants, it is a perfect set up really.
For me, although my lift was a gift, it still was pieced together for less than one bilstien 5100 shock. damn good deal if you ask me.
true for just lifing it works just fine. Offroad..not so much.
Your stock shocks are limited in travel. Thats whats the big inprovement over the 5100s set a 2.5''. Do they do the same thing as a spacer? yes, they precompress the coil BUT the 5100 shock is made for lift applications and can take the extra height.
You spacers + stock shocks..do not do that..
your jepordizing your suspention much more then if you had the proper length of shock.
its cheap for a reason..will it work for a while? yes..but you should really get rid of it ASAP especially if you wheel a lot.
Top mount spacers are the same story for the most part. Here you tend to over compress them with these type of spacers..other then if you use them on a properlly built shock. But even then, you shouldn't get to crazy with them.
AALs are fine for lifting...for a while..AALs are basically just a bandaid for bad leaf packs. Our trucks leafs are notoriously bad after a time..and there are manny options for getting new packs. But a Good AAL will hold you off for up to over a year of hard driving and hauling sometimes. But again..it'll still wear out and you'll have flat leafs again. Only a bandaid
as for my shocks leaking Ben..those are 5150s and that is also due to the wrong length of shock. So yes, perfect example. They are to short. So i over compressed them. Much like how you are over extended your stock shocks. Im already am lined out to fix them after Moab.