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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-06-2000, 11:25 PM
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Chevy - stiffer shocks?

I don't have a Chevy Astro, but my vehicle can use the Gabriel LT Gas Ryders from the 85-92 Chevy Astro 2WD.
The vehicle is a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (consequently, all 79-00 Ford Crown Vics can use the same shocks).

Does anyone know if I can use the shocks from another Chevy truck on the Astro 2WD? Or will the 4WD/AWD shocks work as well? Like, will the front shocks from a 3/4 Ton Suburban work? or from a K-3500 ?

I need something that is stiffer - I have a 47 lb. Police Push guard on the interceptor and need it for driving in rough terrain. The softy shocks just won't do.

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Re: Chevy - stiffer shocks?

I think stiffer shocks aren't the answer to your problem.. But I'd say that stiffer springs up front would be a big help for the problem since the shocks don't support the weight of the vehicle in the first place, the springs do, and when your suspension compresses with the extra weight it makes it harder to decompress (return to normal position)... Probably the stiffer springs in combination with stiffer shocks would be what you'd need...

The shocks you'd get off of trucks would probably not have the proper amount of travel for your Crown vic application since the truck shocks (I think) may be a bit longer... You could always measure from shock mount to shock mount, at rest, at full compression (when the wheel is stuffed in the wheel house), and at full extension(?) (when the other side is fully compressed... Then take those numbers to a parts house of your choice, and ask them to take a look at their shock specifications book for the brand of shocks you'd want... Maybe Bilsteins would be good for you, although they can get a little spendy... But if you were to look in that book after doing the flexing of it, you'd have the answer as to exactly which shock you'd want...

Sorry I rambled on about this, and wasn't specifically on the topic you wanted... But this is probably the route I'd go with it...

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Re: Chevy - stiffer shocks?

PD cruisers, especially Crown Vickies, should be pretty much set up from the factory!

I agree with SandMan; there's more to it than just shocks. Your car probably has struts too, yes? You can get better ones for side-to-side handling, and then you can get a thicker sway bar to control body roll.

Bilsteins or Eibachs are the way to go with these cars. You can get a good set of Eibachs for a decent amount of coin... Most of the guys here (correct me if I'm wrong) are all about the truck method. Cars have a completely different aspect, as getting LOWER to the ground is a good thing! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

Check out some of the performance shops in your area and see if they have any items to apply to your suspension set up. They may recommend something which is totally foreign to us truck guys...

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