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Old 04-14-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
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Mostly everyone that put 5100s up front...
5150's? I'd say it's more common for people to have 5100's all the way around. Am I off-base here?
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:45 AM   #3
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Yeah, I read that wrong....

Adjustable 5100s in the front, usually 5125s in the back...

I've seen a couple 5150s, but can't remember who...
Yea ive seen that... but i was just seeing if people have put 5150's in the rear!!!
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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my buddy and i put them on his truck man they are nice im thinking about getting a set for my 6inch lift in the rear
this is my buddy i think he has them on his build thekidcatcher
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Myself and my buddy both ran 10" 5150s out back. We are both also on Dakar leaf springs. He is still on them and I have gone another route since then. The 5150s are fine but you do need to make sure that you use a taller bump stop or you will wipe out a 10" travel shock when it bottoms out. If you are on stock springs they make the 5150 in a 8" as well. the neat thing about that series shock is you can unscrew the top eye mount and screw in a pin mount so they fit in the stock location. Plus they have a few different valve options, although they are fixed and you cant change the valving. Grab a tape measure and start measuring your travel, bump stop height and go through the 5150 specs. We went with 10" primarily for more droop and a Timbren bump stop with a 3/8" spacer to keep the shock happy and it worked fine.
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I have them too, Work great, i have 10 or 12 inch travel shocks.
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myself and my buddy both ran 10" 5150s out back. We are both also on dakar leaf springs. He is still on them and i have gone another route since then. The 5150s are fine but you do need to make sure that you use a taller bump stop or you will wipe out a 10" travel shock when it bottoms out. If you are on stock springs they make the 5150 in a 8" as well. The neat thing about that series shock is you can unscrew the top eye mount and screw in a pin mount so they fit in the stock location. Plus they have a few different valve options, although they are fixed and you cant change the valving. Grab a tape measure and start measuring your travel, bump stop height and go through the 5150 specs. We went with 10" primarily for more droop and a timbren bump stop with a 3/8" spacer to keep the shock happy and it worked fine.
thanks man... Now i mite get some from my friend...
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I have 6" customs alcan springs in the rear and want to get the 5150's for my truck now. I'm planning on adding the timbren bumpstops as well, but I can't decide on how many inches of travel my shocks should have. Anyone think 12" is good?
Send a pm to Mikesdoublecab.(hope ya don't mind Mike) Around here somewhere he posted a step by step on how you would find that out...
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Ive been looking at the 5150's as well. My truck seems to bounce around in the back quite a bit. I put new shocks on it last year, but they suck. I take it you would recommend the 5150's? How are you using them?
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Bringing up and old thread instead of starting a new one. Does the difference in travel effect the overall lift. I am looking at just getting the 1.5" add a leaf and 5150's for the rear, so is there a travel size that I should stay awy from (like dont go over the 8.5")?
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Not sure about travel size but I believe the standard shock length will work with 1.5 inches of lift.
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So I did me some measuring and it seems that you shouldn't run into any issue running 10" shocks with the stock bump stops.

I measured 2 inches from the top of the bump stop to its point of contact plus added the distance of the bump stop at 50% compression (3.5" uncompressed /2=1.75) for a total of 3.75" possible upward movement of the axle. I also measured the shock length which was ~19.25"

So a simple approximation only accounting for the linear movement of the suspension you should calculate about 15 inches for compressed length:
so if you subtract the total possible upward movement you should get something like 15.5 compressed shock length. Then I used 15" for my final number allowing an extra half inch margin.

If you use trigonometry (because the shock is actually at an angle which increases as the suspension compresses) you would actually calculate 16.1 inches... so maybe 15.5 when you account for the axle wiggling around and all. The 10 inch 5150's have a compressed length of 15.89" so these would actually probably be fine, maybe a bit close if you hit the bump stop really hard.
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