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Re: Shocks/Shock Towers ?? (Again)

Thanks guys. Calmini gave me those numbers back when I bought my 2", so the least I could do was pass it along.

If you are running the full 5" combo, you can install the Ford towers up front like I did. Accepts a 28.5-29.5" shock using the 2" bumpstops that came with the 2" kit.

In the rear, I run eXpander shackles with a long-travel upper shock mount. Accepts 28.5-29.5" shock using 2" bumpstops.

It is important to use the bumpstops as they stop the spring right when it completely flattens but does not let the spring go into a negative arch. That's bad for an arched spring. You get the full 3" of travel in the spring itslef that way.

You could net larger gains of front suspension travel by modifying the spring perch mounts and making a longer trailing shackle in the front.

All in all, it nets a good deal more flex from the system, but it stops being "bolt-on". Calmini designed the kit for the average guy who has access to hand tools and wants to make it trail worthy. And in that respect, it does that very well IMHO. The world needs such a kit and that's why it is so successful.

But if you start out on this kit and you don't mind going the little extra to trick the set-up, it make a big difference. You just have to have access to the tools to do the job.

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