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fabtech help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by yota97, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Jan 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM
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    yota97

    yota97 [OP] Active Member

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    So I have the 6 inch lift for my 97. I just blew out a rear shock and was wondering if anyone knew what the length is?
     
  2. Jan 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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    Phuket

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    janster posted this in a similar thread:
    Dunno....but you can figure it out by taking a few measurements.

    This is gonna be hard to explain - but I'll give it a try:

    While your vehicle is 'at rest' - measure the distance from the center of the upper shock mount to the center of the lower shock mount.
    This will be the 'At Rest' length.
    For example: 18"

    Now, meausure the distance between the bump stop and the first thing it comes in contact with (usually the frame).
    This will be the 'bumpstop' length.
    For example: 4"

    You want to subtract the bumpstop length (4") from the 'At Rest' length (18") and subtract 2 inches (approx) for compression of the bumpstop, etc.
    This will be your 'compressed length'
    For example: 12"

    Visit your favorite shock website and find the shock measurements.
    For example - charts like this:
    http://www.doetsch-shocks.com/37.asp

    You want to buy a shock that has a collapsed length LESS than your compressed length (less than 12"). Basically, this method is to figure out the length so you do not max out your shocks on compression (so to speak). You can also take the truck and flex it out somewhere and measure the upper/lower mounts for FULL extension lengths, etc.

    Do some research on google, there is more information online on how to measure for this.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2012 at 2:19 AM
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    yota97

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    Thank you!
     
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